The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows some southern Iowa counties are experiencing moderate drought.
A swath of north-central Iowa already was in that state. The map
shows that counties on only the western edge of Iowa have normal
Des Moines commodity broker Tom Pfitzenmaier says rain is
especially needed in the next couple of weeks because nearly half
of the state's corn crop is expected to be pollinating by
The drought map is a project shared by the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the
National Weather Service.
The map shows the Nebraska Panhandle in moderate drought and
that only the northeast side of Nebraska has normal moisture. The
map data were acquired before thunderstorms moved through much of the state overnight Thursday.