NEWS
Winter Weather Outlook - 1
Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Wed Dec 26, 2012 06:10 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- William Shakespeare was not thinking of drought when he wrote the line "Now is the winter of our discontent" in Richard III, but limited precipitation this fall and winter in the Western Corn Belt (states west of the Mississippi River) is worrisome. The 2012 drought -- which reached historic proportions -- has depleted soil moisture supplies across this portion of the Corn Belt.

"2007 through 2011 were above-normal years for moisture in Nebraska and the central U.S.," said Mike Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center. "So, that gave us a little buffer for 2012. But ...

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