Nearly Entire State Experiencing Some Form of Drought

The latest Iowa Drought Monitor shows drought conditions have worsened.

State Climatologist Justin Glisan says there’s been an 18 percent increase in extreme drought conditions since last week’s report, which is mainly in the north-central and northeast parts of the state.

Some farmers have begun chopping corn for silage because most leaves on the stalks have died…

Glisan says nearly 99-and-a-half percent of the entire state is now in some level of drought. A majority of northwest Iowa continues to be plagued by at least Moderate Drought, although there are stretches that are just Abnormally Dry including parts of Clay, O’Brien, and Palo Alto counties.

The U-S-D-A began issuing Drought Monitor reports 23 years ago…

Glisan says the statewide average rainfall is about three and a quarter inches in August — about an inch below normal. August this year ranks among the top ten driest Augusts on record.

(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing)