Heavy rains received by some in the Charles City area this weekend comes on the heels of the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor that placed over half of Floyd County in the “extreme drought’ (D3) category.
As of August 3rd, most of the southern half of Floyd County was D3 while most of the northern half of the county was rated D2 for “severe drought.” The Drought Monitor also gave “extreme drought” status to all of Butler and Franklin counties, about three-fourths of Bremer County and the southeast corner of Cerro Gordo County.
The southwest corner of Chickasaw County, home to the Northeast Iowa Research Farm near Nashua, is also in extreme drought. Not surprising to ISU Agronomist Terry Basol, who says the numbers there are representative of just how short the rain has been for the area.
Up until last night’s rain that found its mark, Basol says the area fell into an unfortunate rainfall pattern.
Basol says the heat, almost four combined weeks of temperatures at or above 90 degrees, also contributed to the drought conditions. He says the stress of overall lack of rainfall on the crops was evident at the end of last week, but hadn’t reached the critical stage just yet.