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Crop Disasters Declared in Multiple Counties across Central U.S.

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

Drought destroys crops in dozens of counties across four States

Drought has destroyed at least 30 percent of the crops in 78 counties and parishes across the states of  Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, reported USDA.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #1
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 39 counties and parishes in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Texas. Anderson, Angelina, Bell, Bowie, Burleson, Burnet, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Coryell, Delta, Gregg, Falls, Franklin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Lampasas, Lee, Marion, McLennan, Milam, Morris, Nacogdoches, Red River, Robertson, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur Williamson and Wood counties.
  • Oklahoma. Choctaw and McCurtain counties.
  • Louisiana. Caddo Parish.
  • Arkansas. Little River and Miller counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #2

USDA has designated a total of 25 counties and parishes in Louisiana and Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Louisiana. Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn parishes.
  • Arkansas. Ashley, Chicot, Columbia Lafayette and Union counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #3
USDA has designated a total of 14 counties and parishes in Arkansas and Louisiana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Arkansas. Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Columbia, Drew, Lafayette, Nevada, Ouachita and Union counties.
  • Louisiana Claiborne, Morehouse, Union and Webster parishes.

All of the counties listed above were designated crop disaster areas by USDA on September 9, 2015.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,652 counties, county equivalents and municipalities, across 41 States [as well as Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands]: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.

About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations are due to drought so far this year.

U.S. Drought Monitor – Weekly Comparison: CONUS

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-15 48.45 51.55 31.53 19.58 11.17 3.00
2015-09-08 49.63 50.37 31.67 19.62 10.92 3.00

 

Total U.S.

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-15 47.52 52.48 28.00 16.40 9.35 2.51
2015-09-08 48.00 52.00 28.14 16.44 9.14 2.51

 

Crop Disasters 2014

In 2014, USDA declared crop disasters in at least 2,904 counties across 44 states. Most of the designations were due to drought.

Those states were:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan. Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

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