The New York Times analyzed satellite data from JPSS, using flood detection software that is frequently used in emergency response, to measure the scope of the 2019 spring floods in the Midwest. The data shows a catastrophe along the Missouri, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers, a system that drains more than 40 percent of the landmass of the continental United States. This flooding affected Arkansas’ soybean crop. Only half of the state’s soybean crop had been planted by early June, compared with 90 percent at the same time in 2018.
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