The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows little change to drought conditions in north Iowa over the last week, which has been predominantly dry across the region.
The report released Thursday shows that for the 7-day period through 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 17th, the southwest corner of Floyd County remains in the “extreme” drought category (D3), the middle two-thirds of the county is still rated for “severe” drought (D2), and the northeast corner is still experiencing “moderate” drought (D1) conditions.
The U.S. Drought Monitor still has Chickasaw County rated D2 in the southern third of the county with the northern two thirds remains D1. Drought conditions for both Chickasaw and Floyd counties improved the week before when rainfalls of five to 10 inches fell late Sunday night, August 15th into the early morning hours of Monday, August 16th. There has been little precipitation since that overnight deluge.
The southeast quarter of Cerro Gordo County is considered under extreme drought, while all of Franklin County and about two-thirds of both Bremer and Butler counties remain rated for extreme drought.
Iowa State University Extension is hosting a “Crop Drought Conditions” meeting in the Butler County extension office in Allison this morning from 10 to noon. Click here for Butler Co. Extension website.