Drought Monitor Reflects Iowa's Drop in Crop Quality, Tenn.'s Strength

August 4, 2017 11:13 AM

Crop conditions in Iowa have been slowly deteriorating the last two weeks, and after the latest drought monitor released Thursday, it shows why.

The monitor shows 67 percent of the top-corn growing state is experiencing some level of abnormal dryness or drought, three points worse than last week.

According to Brad Rippey, a meteorologist at the USDA, Iowa is the only state in the Midwest that is showing severe drought, covering 7 percent of the state.

After a drought-free July, some counties in southwest Illinois are in D-1 or moderate drought. Roughly 30 percent of the contiguous U.S. are in some form of drought or dryness, a slight improvement from the week prior. The latest monitor is 20 points better overall compared to 2017.

Tennessee is 100 percent drought free, and Monday’s crop progress report backs it up. 82 percent of the state’s corn and cotton is rated good to excellent and 72 percent of soybeans are receiving those high marks as well.

Todd Littleton, a farmer from Kenton, Tenn., is seeing an “above average” corn crop, thanks to timely rains.

“Had a couple of weeks of cold weather that kind of slowed things up, but after that we had a really nice June,” he said. “Everything is shaping up to be good with corn.”

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