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Agriculture

A selection of tools to monitor soil, crops, weather and other conditions.

map of US shows regions where different crops are raised and where they are in drought
The USDA produces monthly maps and charts showing locations and percentages of drought-affected areas which produce corn, soybeans, hay, cattle, and winter wheat.
Sample of Crop Moisture Index
Weekly maps shows short term need vs. available water in shallow soils.
map of US shows different soil moisture percentiles
Collection of maps shows current percentiles for soil moisture, snow-water equivalent (SWE), total moisture storage and cumulative runoff at different timescales compared to the historic record.
map of US shows areas where drought is affecting vegetation
VegDRI maps are produced every two weeks and provide regional to sub-county scale information about drought's effects on vegetation. Click on “Change Maps” tab for comparisons to the previous map, a month previous and a year ago. Clicking on the “Time Series” tab brings up an animation of changes to the map in a given year.
Sample of Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI)
The Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) is an experimental tool that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving "flash" droughts (developing over a few weeks) and sustained droughts (developing over months but lasting up to years).
map of US shows levels of evapotranspiration rates
The Evaporative Stress Index (ESI) describes temporal anomalies in evapotranspiration (ET), highlighting areas with anomalously high or low rates of water use across the land surface. The ESI also demonstrates capability for capturing early signals of “flash drought”, brought on by extended periods of hot, dry and windy conditions leading to rapid soil moisture depletion.
map of US shows soil moisture levels in a model
Modeled soil moisture from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.
Sample of Drought Impact Reporter
Select for "agriculture" and a preferred timescale and location through this interactive database to view impact reports from media and other sources.
map of US shows regions to choose from at link
Select a region to find databases and reports of various crops, as well as headlines in agricultural news.
Sample of NWS National Forecast Maps
A full menu of forecast maps and data for weather, temperature, precipitation, wind speed, sky cover and more.
U.S. map shows locations of CRN and SCAN stations
Interactive map lets users select individual stations nationwide to access soil temperature and moisture data a varying depths.
USDA Risk Management Agency logo
Home page for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency includes news; bulletins and handbooks; crop and livestock policies; information about the Federal Crop Insurance Corp; quick links and more.
Grassland Productivity Forecast
Maps showing the percent change in Total Grassland Production by county compared to the 34-year average.
MRCC Evapotranspiration & Water Balance Maps
Evapotranspiration and water balance maps are available for the contiguous United States, available from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.