August 24, 2012
USDA AUG. 21 AG WEATHER AND DROUGHT REPORT
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During the last week, the heat that has been affecting much of the nation’s heartland all summer has shifted into the western United States. As a result, wildfires have flourished in parts of the West, particularly in Idaho and northern California. By August 20, the area burned by year-to-date U.S. wildfires reached 6.9 million acres, well above the 10-year average of 5.3 million acres. Meanwhile, serious agricultural drought effects persist east of the Rockies, despite cooler weather and recent showers.
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