Iowa removed from drought conditions for first time since June 2020

Iowa removed from drought conditions for first time since June 2020

A climatologist says the latest U.S Drought Monitor has removed drought conditions from Iowa for the first time in nearly four years.

Justin Glisan with the Iowa Department of Agriculture says the wetter than expected spring has been a drought buster for farmers. “We have to remember there are some areas across the state over the last four years that have missed a full year’s worth of precipitation.”

He tells Brownfield, “If we get what we expect climatologically in June and through the growing season, we’re only going to add moisture to the soil profile that’s being extracted from corn and beans.”

Glisan says 2024 has been a top 10 wettest start to a year on record.

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