Northwestern Oklahoma. Portions of western Oklahoma have had the winter wheat crop destroyed and were hearing many fields in western and southwestern Kansas are being plowed under. The storms left tens of thousands without power – for several days in some cases. The OWRB has served as chair of the Water Availability and Outlook Committee of the state's Drought Management Team since 1996 and regularly publishes the Oklahoma Water Resources Bulletin, the state's official drought monitoring publication, … Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. That is not the case here in the Plains this week. Operational since 2006, OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision-support system for wildland fire management. Drought covered as much as 51 percent of the state on July 7 according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program. Oklahoma climatologist Gary McManus says this week’s scorching summer weather is an indication that not only will the high temperatures continue to grow, but so will the state’s drought. Uh, obviously, it's not as noticeable in the winter, but if the drought continues through the winter and would go into the spring, drought begets drought. Precipitation was primarily above normal. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) sees continued drought woes through August for those areas of the state currently in drought, but no further drought development is expected. Above normal temperatures coupled with below normal precipitation continue to write the script for a challenging fall and winter season in agriculture country. Degradation and persistence of drought conditions were common in many areas of the High Plains, Rocky Mountain and West regions according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Report. All Rights Reserved. Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Rangeland and pastures are significantly stressed across wide swaths of the southern and western High Plains including much of eastern New Mexico and Colorado, western Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. However, La Nina has arrived and that does not bode well for much long-term relief. The U.S. Drought Monitor Map is developed through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.