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Crop Disasters Declared across CONUS, Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on September 25, 2015

Extreme Weather Events destroy crops in 235 areas across 11 states, Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 48 counties and parishes in Texas and Louisiana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #1

  • Texas. Angelina, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Cherokee, Comal, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Gonzales, Gregg, Guadalupe, Harrison, Hays, Hill, Houston, Jasper, Lee, Limestone, Marion, McLennan, Milam, Nacogdoches, Panola, Polk, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker, Washington, Williamson and Wilson counties.
  • Louisiana. Caddo, De Soto and Sabine parishes.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #2

USDA has designated 8 additional municipalities in Puerto Rico as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those municipalities are:

  • Puerto Rico. Aibonito, Barranquitas, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Naranjito and Orocovis municipalities.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #3

USDA has designated a total of 12 counties in the states of Oregon and Washington as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Oregon. Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook Washington and Yamhill counties.
  • Washington. Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #4

USDA has designated a total of 13 counties in the Carolinas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • North Carolina. Buncombe, Burke, Cleveland, Gaston, Henderson, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Polk and Rutherford counties.
  • South Carolina. Cherokee, Spartanburg and York counties.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #5

USDA has designated a total of 23 counties in three states—MississippiLouisiana and Arkansas— as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

  • Mississippi. Attala, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Simpson, Smith, Sunflower, Warren, Washington and Yazoo counties in Mississippi as primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.
  • Arkansas. Chicot County.
  • Louisiana. East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes.

Drought Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #6

USDA has designated a total of 6 parishes in Louisiana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those parishes are:

  • Louisiana. Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, De Soto, Natchitoches and Red River parishes.

U.S. Drought Monitor – Weekly Comparison: CONUS

Week None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
2015-09-22 45.19 54.81 31.47 19.79 11.35 3.00
2015-09-15 48.45 51.55 31.53 19.58 11.17 3.00

 

Crop Disaster Areas – Disaster Designations #7

USDA has designated a total of 89 counties and parishes in MississippiAlabamaArkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall, flash flooding and prolonged flooding that occurred from April 1, 2015, through July 6, 2015. Those counties are:

  • Mississippi. Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, DeSoto, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Jackson, Jefferson, Kemper, Lafayette, Lawrence, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Perry, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Quitman, Sharkey, Stone,
    Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica,
    Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilkinson,
    Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo counties.
  • Alabama. Colbert, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Mobile, Pickens and Sumter counties.
  • Arkansas. Chicot, Desha and Phillips counties.
  • Louisiana. Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, Tensas, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
  • Tennessee. Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, McNairy and Shelby counties.

Crop Disaster Designations # 8

USDA has designated a total of 36 counties in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and tornadoes that occurred from May 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015. Those counties are:

  • Oklahoma. Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Garvin, Haskell, Jefferson, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Stephens and Wagoner counties.
  • Arkansas. Crawford, Little River, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Sevier counties.
  • Texas. Bowie, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Lamar, Montague and Red River counties.

Crop Disasters 2015

Beginning January 7, 2015 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,809 counties and county equivalents across 42 States [as well as Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands]: Arizona, Alabama, 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.

  • All of the counties listed above were designated crop disaster areas by USDA on September 23, 2015.
  • About 99 percent of the 2015 crop disaster designations are due to drought so far this year.

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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