Pacific Ocean temperatures could impact drought conditions for farmers

Despite heavy precipitation this week, a lot of producers are still facing severe drought levels across the country.

The Central Plains and the Midwest saw more than two inches of rain this week, but crops, pastures, and livestock are still in abnormal to extreme drought. Northern Nebraska, eastern South Dakota, and southern Texas saw the most improvement.
Widespread degradations happened across the Tennessee Valley.

The Pacific Ocean could play a role in continuing drought conditions.

Meteorologists say that the Pacific has been in a very cold state for the past three years due to La Nina, which has led to the ongoing drought. El Nino is on its way, but there are mixed opinions on how it will impact American agriculture as the Pacific will remain cold in the long-range cycle.

Some believe that dryness is here to stay possibly through 2025