The drought currently hitting the U.S. has expanded across 64 percent of the country — with 42 percent of the country facing severe drought conditions.
High temperatures and a lack of rain are crippling corn, wheat and soy crops. Since May 31st, corn futures have shot up by 48.5 percent, wheat prices have climbed 46.5 percent, and soybean futures have risen by 31.2 percent. The price of ethanol has also risen by 25 percent since the beginning of the year.
The map below, crafted by Farm Futures and Kansas State University using satellite images, shows how poor this year’s crop yields are compared to last year. Green is healthy biomass development and brown is unhealthy:
You can find other satellite images here.