The extreme 2012 US drought, considered by many scientists to be partly due to human driven global warming, has been devastating across US farmlands, but was particularly so for ten central midwest states, reports Alyson Kenward at Climate Central. Of those 10 states, seven of them are red, or Republican dominated states, electing leaders that often do not believe in human driven climate change nor want to cut carbon emissions to slow climate change. The seven states are Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Other states were Colorado, Illinois, and Iowa. The drought affected 80 percent of US farmland. Corn crops were especially damaged, but so also were soy and sorghum harvests. Hardest hit was Kentucky, with yields 50 percent below normal, followed by Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, with losses a third below normal. In Colorado and Nebraska, where most crops are irrigated, far fewer acres of planted corn were even harvested in 2012. Overall, crop-related farm income was not down substantially in 2012, since scarcity drove up crop prices and record government insurance payouts helped offset drought-related profit losses.
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