Farmers’ crops are in the doldrums across the South in the wake of the devastating drought.
But some crops are actually growing in Mississippi and the Mid-South, while others are struggling in the Midwest.
Here are the key factors impacting farm production in the Midwestern states: Mississippi Farmers’ annual average yield dropped by 1.8% in October to 8.8 million bushels.
In November, farmers in the state averaged just 1.2 million bushells.
That was the lowest in 10 months.
The average yield for November is up 0.2% from a year ago.
That translates into a loss of about 0.5 million bushels per crop.
In the Midland region, growers saw their annual average harvest drop by 0.4%.
That translates to a loss in annual production of about 4.4 million bushes per crop, down from a loss that reached 5.3 million busheres in October.
In Mississippi, farmers are averaging just under 2.5 bushel per acre in October, the lowest since September 2016.
That compares with about 4 bushelper per acre five years ago.
The state saw a loss at least 1.4 bushel to 2.8 bushel for the third consecutive month.
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said it was due to the drought.
Mississippi farmers are also struggling to keep up with a growing demand from other states, particularly in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee.
A report released by the state Department of Economic and Community Development said demand for corn and soybeans has risen by nearly 5% in the last three months and has doubled in the past three years.
Demand for wheat has been rising, as has demand for other grain products.
And demand for beef, pork and poultry is also increasing.
It is unclear how long the drought will last.
Farmers will see more corn and corn-based feed in the coming months, and farmers may have to raise corn prices to cover higher feed costs.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy predicts demand for ethanol will surge as the drought drags on, to about 1.6 billion gallons per day by 2021.
That would be the equivalent of the fuel used by over 60 million cars every day, or more than three million trucks.
The drought in Mississippi will continue for several more weeks, according to state Agriculture Commissioner Larry White.
The governor’s office said the drought has not been as bad as the first time the drought hit in the early 1980s.
The last drought lasted for more than four months, but the first was in 1986 and was much milder.
It was not until 1991 that the Mississippi state government declared a statewide drought.
The report released Thursday by the Mississippi Department the state’s agriculture department said that while some areas saw declines, overall crop production and yield have been stable.
The department said it expects the drought to last through at least mid-December.
It expects that overall crop yield will be between 8.2 and 9.4 percent for the year, with more than one-third of crops producing between 1 and 2 bushel.
The agency expects farmers will harvest between 4 and 6 million bushen per acre.
It said the number of farmers is increasing, but not enough to meet the needs of the state.
Farmers in the Mississippi Delta area saw their harvest fall to 7.2 bushelles in October from 8.3 bushelle in October last year.
In contrast, the yield of grain grown in the area increased by 5.6 percent.
White said in October that the drought was being caused by a combination of factors including higher-than-normal snowmelt and drought conditions in the Central Plains and South.
He said farmers had to adjust to a more seasonal and less frequent planting.
That will have a negative impact on crop production in both states.
He added that a decrease in the amount of grain harvest in the region has been a factor, but that more research needs to be done to see if it was an actual effect.
In addition to the farmers in Mississippi Delta, crop yields in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota were up 1.7 percent in October compared to October last season.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported an increase of 1.1 million busheds in October over October last spring, and the Nebraska Department of Conservation reported a gain of 1 million busherts.
White is expected to announce a new crop insurance program in the spring.
The Kansas Department of Insurance has set aside $250 million to help farmers in drought-stricken areas.
The program is designed to help with crop losses.
The insurance policy covers up to $1 million for losses of up to 2,000 bushel, which are more than double the amount for the current crop insurance.
The K-DOT is also offering $100 million in disaster aid for farmers in flood-prone areas, and $50 million for agricultural damage