ST. LOUIS (AP) — A weekly drought report shows that conditions have worsened
in some key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is more than
The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that 75 percent of
Iowa, the nation’s biggest corn producer, is enduring extreme or exceptional
drought, which are the two worst classifications. That’s up roughly 10
percentage points from the previous week.
The worse conditions won’t make much difference to Iowa’s already withered
corn crop but it could affect crops such as winter wheat.
Nearly 98 percent of neighboring Nebraska still falls into the two most
severe drought categories.
Overall drought conditions in the lower 48 states remained relatively
Indiana drought conditions best since mid-June
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The severe drought conditions that troubled Indiana
through the summer have largely dissipated, with a federal report showing
the state’s dryness in its best condition since mid-June.
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report released Thursday listed about 15
percent of Indiana in severe drought, mostly in the state’s southeastern
corner. About one-quarter of the state was classified in that condition last
None of Indiana is listed in the more serious categories of extreme or
exceptional drought. About two-thirds of the state was listed in those
levels at the drought’s peak in early August.