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ended with production down 11 percent. Yields were favorable in many North Central and Midwest States, but reduced Southern Plains acreage and yields, suffering from the harsh winter and continued dryness, accounted for most of the decline (Table 1). Summer weather developments were conducive to corn and soybean progress during 2014 (Figure 4). Rainfall was average-to-above average in most of the nation, and temperatures did not stress crops, particularly in the Midwest. Farther south, precipitation was inconsistent or lacking, resulting in some stress on Southern crops. Late summer rain affected grains across portions of the Northern Plains, reducing quality and slowing harvest. While many western states experienced helpful summer rain, California remained hot and dry. Figure 5 provides a snapshot of general weather conditions as of midsummer (July 29, 2014). The Drought Monitor indicates the persistent drought faced in the Southwest and California. Exceptional drought covered large parts of California. A 2014 study by the University of California at Davis indicated that the drought was the third most severe on record and caused the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture, with river water for Central Valley farms reduced by roughly one-third. Groundwater pumping replaced river water losses, with some areas more than doubling their pumping rate over the previous year, the study indicated. Reduced acreage, yields and higher pumping costs were estimated to result in $1.5 billion in direct costs to California agriculture. While California suffered, much of the nation had much more favorable growing seasons. Corn and soybeans consistently had high ratings of "good" to "excellent" throughout the summer and into the fall (Figure 6). Spring wheat conditions tailed off as the season progressed, as wet weather damaged grain, slowing development and causing sprouting. Cotton conditions were lower than those for grains in the Midwest, reflecting erratic rainfall and temperatures in the South and Southern Plains, although cotton crop development was slightly ahead of the previous five-year average. Fall 2014. Most of the Nation had average-to-above-average fall rains, although there were somewhat dry conditions in the upper Midwest and interior Northeast (Figure 7). Figure 4. Summer 2014 (Jun-Aug) Statewide Precipitation Ranks, 1895-2014 Record Driest (1) Much Below Average Below Average Near Average The Midwest dry weather aided the maturing and harvesting of corn and soybeans. Precipitation was insufficient to provide much relief in the West's drought areas. California also had its warmest September-November period on record. While the west was warm, it was cool in the central and eastern states, with fall temperatures among the ten coolest in Illinois and Indiana. By the week ending Au- Above Average Much Above Average Record Wettest (119) gust 31, the corn crop was rated 74 percent in good-to-excellent condition compared with 55 percent for the previous five-year average, and soybeans was rated 72 percent good-to-excellent condition, compared with 54 percent for the five-year average. Both crops maintained those high ratings through the fall harvest period. The corn crop condition was the highest October rating since 2004. Figure 5. U.S. Drought Monitor July 29, 2014 (Released Thursday, July 29, 2014) Valid 8 a.m. EST Drought Impact Types: Delineates dominant impacts S=Short-Term, typically less than 6 months (e.g. agriculture, grasslands) L=Long-Term, typically greater than 6 months (e.g. hydrology, ecology) Intensity Author: Brian Fuchs National Drought Mitigation Center D0 Abnormally Dry D1 Moderate Drought D2 Severe Drought D3 Extreme Drought D4 Exceptional Drought The Dought Monitor focuses on broadscale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements. http:/droughtmonitor.uni.edu/ CROPINSURANCE TODAY® 7 http://droughtmonitor.uni.edu/

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“Leg Godt,” or as the Danes would say, “Play Well” (Legos and Crop Insurance)
2014 Year in Review
Florida Hosts Industry Leaders
Four Presented with Industry Awards
Dean Benson Receives Outstanding Service Award
Jeff Meyer Receives NCIS Industry Leadership Award
NCIS Hosts Committee Leaders
Crop Insurance in Action Kiodette and Rich Stroh, Powell, Wyoming
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Crop Insurance Today May 2015 - Four Presented with Industry Awards
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