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La Nina re-emergence could spell trouble for Brazilian producers, opportunity for the U.S.

“A return of La Nina could aggravate an already exceptional drought in south-central Brazil that has resulted in one of the driest periods in over 90 years," says South American Crop Consultant Dr. Michael Cordonnier.

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Drought worsens in Upper Midwest

The Dakotas saw a mix of drought improvement and drought degradation, but today's update didn't fully account for this week's rains.

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Recent rain for the Dakotas had little impact on drought

"Reports indicate much of this week’s heavy rains was immediately absorbed by the severely dry soils, with no runoff into empty dugouts or ponds," according to today's Drought Monitor Summary.

Crop Tour: How Far Does Iowa's Drought Stretch?

Scouts on the final leg of the Pro Farmer Crop Tour will be measuring how far drought and storm damage stretches in Iowa and Minnesota.