CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- Overall U.S. drought conditions barely changed last week, with dryness continuing to threaten winter wheat crops in the Plains, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map showed Thursday.
The contiguous U.S. was 57.68% in some level of drought as of Tuesday morning, up 0.04 percentage point from a week earlier, the monitor showed.
Intense drought conditions were mostly unchanged in the High Plains, with 92.08% of the region experiencing drought, the same as last week. The amount of the region in "exceptional" drought, the worst category, was unchanged at 27.02%.
Rains eased drought in parts of the ...