Drought Conditions Largely Unchanged
Thu Jun 13, 2013 02:12 PM CDT

CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- Drought conditions were largely unchanged in the U.S. in the last week, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map showed Thursday.

The contiguous U.S. was 44.13% affected by drought as of Tuesday morning, up 0.02 percentage point from a week earlier, the monitor showed.

The High Plains region, where persistent drought has damaged wheat crops, was 68.45% covered by some level of drought, down 0.57 percentage point from a week earlier.

But the proportion of Kansas in "exceptional" drought -- the worst category -- rose 1.42 percentage points to 24.28%, due to greater dryness on the border ...

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