Drought continues in the High Plains, while Midwestern farmers see rainfall extremes

In South Dakota, one of the nation’s top wheat producing states, nearly 75 percent of the spring crop is in poor to very poor condition, according to the report. In North Dakota, the nation’s second largest wheat producer, 40 percent of the spring wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition.

Montana’s freshwater future uncertain

Montana water managers responded in a survey that it is likely the state will experience statewide freshwater shortages within the next decade. While Montana's water issues are unique in some ways, researchers from the state said its overall problems mirror much of the country's.