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Drought Status Improves in North Iowa

Rain last weekend helped improve drought conditions in Floyd County, but there are still areas considered to be in severe (D2) to extreme (D3) drought status.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor for Iowa, Floyd County went from about half the county in extreme drought through August 3rd, to only the southwest corner of the county considered D3 as of August 10th. About two-thirds of the county is now in the D2 category, with a small section of the northeast corner in moderate drought (D1).

USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director for Floyd County, Pat Derdzinski, says any section of the county rated as D2 or D3 activates the Emergency Hay and Grazing of CRP Acres program, as well as the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) for the entire county.

Because of the hot, dry conditions through much of the growing season, Derdzinsi also advises farmers to track the progress of their crops in the event the weather adversely affects yields down the road.

The U.S. Drought Monitor now rates the southern third of Chickasaw County as D2 and the rest as D1.  The southwest corner of the county that was D3 last week imrpoved to D2 after rains late Sunday night dumped up to 10 inches of rain on that area.

Most of Butler County, all of Franklin County and about two-thirds of Bremer County are all still in extreme drought status.

*See the latest US Drought Monitor map for Iowa here

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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