The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows some improvement for areas of southern Iowa. D-0, or abnormally dry conditions, continue for the southern two-thirds of Harrison County, Worth, Gentry and Nodaway Counties as well as Page County, Iowa.
The northern-most parts of Harrison County, Mercer, Daviess and DeKalb Counties in Missouri and Ringgold and Decatur Counties in Iowa are showing no drought conditions at this time.
Most of northern Iowa continue to deal with drought conditions.
Iowa State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan says have had a great window to get crops planted at a solid pace, although there is concern for growers in northwest Iowa, specifically, where drought conditions have reached the D2 – or severe – level.
The good news for this week is that rain is in the forecast for much of the area.