ST. LOUIS ó Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states where the corn harvest is wrapping up.
The U.S. Drought Monitorís weekly update released Thursday shows that 62.4 percent the lower 48 states remained mired in some form of drought during a seven-day period ending Tuesday. Thatís down more than a percentage point from the previous week and a welcome sign for farmers enduring the nationís worst drought in decades.
Thursdayís update shows that 63.9 percent of Iowa, the nationís biggest corn producer, is still in extreme or exceptional drought, which are the worst two classifications. Thatís down nearly 12 percentage points from a week earlier.
Those two categories fell in Kansas from 95.7 percent last week to 77.8 percent now.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.