Overall, the results show that rapid decreases in the NLDAS and ESI anomalies often precede drought intensification in the USDM by several weeks. Decreases in the ESI tended to occur up to several weeks before deteriorations were observed in the crop condition datasets. The NLDAS soil moisture anomalies matched concurrent anomalies in the NASS soil moisture datasets; however, some differences were noted in how each model responded to the changing drought conditions. The VegDRI anomalies tracked the evolution of the USDM drought depiction in regions with slow drought development, but lagged the USDM and other drought indicators when conditions were changing rapidly. Comparison to the crop condition datasets revealed that soybean conditions were most similar to ESI anomalies computed over short time periods (2-4 weeks), whereas corn conditions were more closely related to longer-range (8-12 week) ESI anomalies.