NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Much of the U.S. is in the grips of the worst U.S. drought in over 50 years. The July 17 USDA drought monitor now shows over fifty percent of the U.S. in moderate to extreme drought conditions.
In recent weeks the "Corn Belt" states of: Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and eastern Iowa have seen little if any rainfall and it has had a devastating impact on the U.S. corn crop. Since corn is used in so many of our food products plus as feed for livestock, you can expect to pay more at the grocery store for meat and dairy products in the weeks and months ahead. Price hikes can also be expected in products that use corn as a main ingredient.
North Carolina's rainfall situation is much better than the nation as a whole. Parts of the state including parts of southeast North Carolina are classified as abnormally dry. Wilmington's rainfall deficit is now over eight inches for 2012 so we could use some more rain. Still our friends in the Midwest need it a lot more than we do.
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