Drought Monitor: Conditions Deteriorate in Iowa, Northern Plains

August 17, 2017 02:38 PM

The new drought monitor is a mixture of vast declines and huge improvements.

Last week, 60 percent of Oklahoma was considered drought-free. Rainfall in the state shrunk the drought areas to 14 percent.

According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, Montana is still the true “hot spot” with drought “rapidly” worsening. He said the drought is expanding westward, despite improvement in the Dakotas and Nebraska.

Extreme drought has entered into Iowa. D-3 covers 3 percent of the state while 70 percent is experiencing some level of abnormal dryness or drought.

Rippey said if the large area in Iowa, northern Missouri and southern Michigan would get a good, soaking rain, it would “help filling corn and soybeans in the driest regions.”

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