Thursday’s report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows more counties showing dry conditions, including southeastern Delaware County, southwestern Dubuque County, northern Jones County and western Linn County. On a scale of 0 to 4, all of those areas are on the low end, with a 0 ranking of “abnormally dry” – which means the soil is dry and corn is showing drought stress. Tim Hall with the Iowa DNR says the dry conditions have started to spread east.
Hall says the impact of the dry areas can also be seen in satellite images of the crops.
West-central Iowa is seeing the worst of the drought, with severe conditions there. Hall says the dry weather is a concern because we are soon going to be heading out of the wettest months of the year and could be behind in groundwater going into the winter.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa