2012 Extreme Weather Causes Record-Breaking Crop Loss

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Last summers drought, heat and hot winds contributed to a record breaking crop loss.

A new report shows the extreme weather caused $17.3 billion in crop loss during the 2012 growing season.

The top 10 states with the largest crop insurance payouts due to extreme weather are:

1. Illinois: 98% of all crop losses were caused by drought, heat and hot wind, costing $3,011,443,799

2. Iowa: 97% of losses, costing $1,924,444,160

3. Indiana: 97% of losses, costing $1,130,302,660

4. Kentucky: 96% of losses, costing $454,380,256

5. Missouri: 95% of losses, costing $1,098,310,111

6. Wisconsin: 94% of losses, costing $372,479,370

7. South Dakota: 93% of losses, costing $1,029,780,352

8. Kansas: 93% of losses, costing $1,273,662,944

9. Nebraska: 92% of losses, costing $1,427,738,976

10. Texas: 75% of losses, costing $974,548,606

Between 2001 and 2010, crop losses averaged $4.1 million.


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