Following is the latest Palmer Drought Index:
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Juli says: It's not difficult to see the difference in soil moisture from the western Corn Belt to the eastern Belt. Northern Iowa needs up to 6 inches of precip between now and the growing season to alleviate drought concerns, while flooding could be a difficulty for producers in the eastern Belt this spring. Meanwhile, some improvement has been seen in the Southern Plains, but much more is needed across most of the region to improve crop prospects and pastures in the year ahead.