Crop scouts on the Farm Journal Midwest Crop tour found plenty of evidence of how drought is robbing yield from this year's corn crop in western Iowa. But this week's U.S. Drought Monitor does show some improvement in the state. Forty-four percent of the state is now classified drought-free. Last week just 29% was drought free. The most severe cases are in the south central region of Iowa.
Nebraska also had improvement in the drought picture. The Drought Monitor summary shows rainfall totals exceeded five inches in eastern Nebraska last week. Forty-five percent is considered drought-free this week, up from 23% the previous week.
Drought conditions intensified in Montana. Ninty-one percent of the state is now in the D1-D4 (moderate,severe, extreme) categories, about 20 points worse than the previous week. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are in Montana today to assess damage and receive an on-site briefing about ongoing wildfires in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
Drought Monitor - 8/22/17
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