The USDA said it was allowing haying and grazing on 3.8 million protected acres and that insurance companies agreed to a 30 day grace period for farmers on insurance premiums. The Nature Conservancy was okay with the haying and grazing, as long as the impacts to wildlife and habitats were minimal. These are a few steps that the USDA and others are taking to help farmers in drought areas.
Corn and soybean ratings are also tremendously decreasing, and are in the worst shape for this time of year since 1988. About 24 percent of the corn was in good or excellent condition and an estimated 29 percent of the soybean crop with top ratings, both of these as of last week. The corn crop has received most of the damage. Everyone is hoping for rain. It will most likely not save the corn crop, but could probably limit the damage of the soybean crop.
To find out more about the drought and to remain updated visit the following website: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/