According to the National Drought Monitor, 68% of Iowa is under "extreme" drought (62% last week). The final day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour will canvas Iowa and Minnesota today.
The monitor notes that moderate temps have eased drought impacts, especially where precip fell. "One such area is in the Ohio Valley where parts of Indiana saw more than five inches of rain," it notes. "This is the second straight week of beneficial precipitation for some of these areas and this precipitation has largely alleviated Exceptional Drought (D4) from the state, despite lingering impacts still being felt."
The monitor adds, "More widespread rains in the Midwest alleviated some D1-D4 Drought as well as Abnormal Dryness (D0) through southern Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and into western Kentucky again this week. Lingering drought impacts remain in many areas, leaving devastated agriculture in its wake. Despite a much cooler week this week, Exceptional (D4) and Extreme (D3) Drought continue to expand in the area from northern Missouri and into Kansas and Nebraska where beneficial precipitation has been hard to come by. North Dakota saw a minor change in Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormal Dryness (D0) in the north central part of the state."
In its outlook for August 23 - 27, the monitor states, "There is an enhanced probability of precipitation in the Northern Plains and in the extreme South throughout the entire period, as well as in the Southwest and the south Atlantic Coast early in the period, and around the Great Lakes later in the period. Below-normal precipitation is expected in the Northwest, New England, and into the Ohio Valley. The northern tier of the country is expected to see above-normal temperatures."