Report: Drought affecting 56 percent of U.S.

Map courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor

It’s really hot out.

And what’s worse, it’s really dry.

So far, there’s little relief in sight, according to the most recent report of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Most areas throughout the Midwest, Great Lakes, the northern plains, lower Mississippi Valley, mid-Atlantic and southern Texas received only less than half an inch of rain this week. Even last week’s heavy and devastating storms that killed several people didn’t provide enough rain to make up for the drought, according to the Monitor.

The heat is having a definite affect on crops, with about 43 percent of the U.S. pastures and rangelands, 22 percent of the corn and bean crops and 24 percent of the sorghum crop in poor or very poor condition.

An estimated 56 percent of the country is in drought, according to MSNBC.

This year has the highest rate of drought in the past 12 years. The previous record – 55 percent – was set in 2003, according to MSNBC.

The hot, dry conditions and heat stress induced by temperature increase the risk of aflatoxin, a natural toxin produced by the strains of the fungi Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, further compounding weather concerns.

Corn, peanuts, cottonseed, tree nuts and milo are affected by aflatoxin, which is a considered a carcinogen.

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