Drought eases a little in Iowa, but worsens in Nebraska
August 16, 2012
This year's drought remains one of historic magnitude, and it has intensified in Nebraska while easing somewhat in Iowa
. (Though that's only a relative observation anyway; Iowa is in much worse condition now than 6 weeks ago
.) Unfortunately, no matter how much the precipitation levels come back to normal through the end of the growing season, it's too late for the corn crop to recover to normal. Modern production techniques mean that it will still be a very large harvest compared to pre-2000 levels
, but it's going to look very bad when compared with the recent past. Crop moisture levels
are "severely dry" in most of Nebraska and "excessively dry" in most of Iowa.