Top Corn Growing State Sees Worsening Drought Conditions

August 10, 2017 10:13 AM

Drought conditions worsened this week in the nation's top corn growing state. The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday morning showed about 12% of Iowa in D-2, or severe drought. Last week, that level of drought covered 7% of the state—about 28% of the state is drought-free.

In the drought-plagued northern Plains, just a small sliver of North Dakota remains drought-free. The Drought Monitor shows 99.71% of the state has some level of dryness or drought. That's three points worse than last week's report. 

There's a slight improvement in South Dakota this week. The portion of the state in D-3—extreme drought— dropped to 5% this week, an eight point improvement in that category.

In the Pacific Northwest, dryness intensifies as rain bypasses the region while record-breaking high temperatures prolong the dry spell. Eighty-five percent of Washington state is now in abnormal dryness. That's a 37% decline from last week.


View precipitation and growing condition maps in AgWeb's Weather and Forecast Center.

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Spell Check

Bruning, NE
8/10/2017 12:30 PM

  Maybe somebody should let the usda in on this. F ing idiots.

Suck ma Ballzzz
Outercourse, IA
8/10/2017 07:10 PM

  Maybe the usda needs to put a lip lock on my COCKer Spaniel

Bangersville , MO
8/10/2017 07:20 PM

  The drought is getting bigger holy f@#k usda probably better increase the f*@king yields to control the price of food.


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