The steady march of more normal soil and water conditions moved even farther west in the past week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.
Roughly the western half of the state, 53 percent of the acres, are at least abnormally dry. Just 6 .4 percent of the state is in moderate to severe, drought, and none of it is classified as extreme.
Parts of central Iowa remain abnormally dray, but some is ranked as normal conditions.
The severe drought is limited to a sliver along the Missouri River counties.
The National Weather Service’s long-term forecast through July 31 expects the drought to continue to ease.
Many farmers expect to start planting this weekend or early next week, according to the office of Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.
From the Des Moines Register
By Perry Beeman