Drought eases, but not over yet
Recent rains recharge dry soil conditions
Recent rains have brought an official end to drought conditions in eastern Iowa, but southwest Iowa’s drought recovery hasn’t been quite as swift.
The USDA drought monitor shows nearly 20 percent of Iowa, all on the eastern side, is now out of drought conditions. That’s up from less than 7 percent of the state just two weeks ago.
Approximately 20 percent of the state, mostly in northwest Iowa, remains in extreme drought conditions. Still, that is considerably better than last September, when 65 percent of the state was considered to be in an extreme drought.
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