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STATE DROUGHT: Farmers Not Too Worried, Yet

The latest report from the USDA shows 83-percent of the state’s land is now considered abnormally dry.

Most of central Iowa is considered to be in a moderate drought.  Farmers aren’t panicking… yet.

Mitchelleville farmer Edward Craig spends his time looking at his crops and then to the sky waiting for rain to quench his thirsty beans and corn and offer relief to his cracked ground.

But the rain just isn’t coming.

drought mapThe few sprinkles we have seen were little more than a tease.  Right now, 65 percent of the topsoil and 59 percent of subsoil moisture in Iowa is short or very short, according to the US department of agriculture

“I know here in the Des Moines area we’ve had one measurable rain so far in the month of August and that was only about a half inch.” says state climatologist Harry Hillaker, “But that’s better than others have done.  Burlington has not seen any measurable rain in the month of August.”

The good news is, the temperatures have been unusually cool, so the crops are surviving.  But, experts say, we really need rain soon to ensure a decent crop.

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