This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor for north Iowa no longer shows any county colored in “red” for extreme drought (D3).
That’s not surprising given that rainfalls of six to 12 inches blanketed the area during the report’s 7-day cutoff time of 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 31st. While the area received much needed rain and then some, Chickasaw County USDA Farm Service Agency Director Ron Pethoud says the flooding it brought is impacting farmers.
The latest drought monitor still shows about half of Floyd County under “moderate” (D1) drought conditions and about two-thirds of Chickasaw County experiencing “abnormally dry” (D0) conditions.
All of Howard County and over half of Mitchell, Fayette and Winneshiek counties are also rated as D0. For most of the last month, about two-thirds of Butler and Bremer counties, and all of Franklin County, were in the D3 drought category. The latest report has upgraded those areas to D2 for “severe” drought.
*For more information on flood assistance for farmers, contact Ron Pethoud at 641-394-5929.