Iowa Ag Secretary says fall moisture pulled much of the state out of drought

Muscatine County was listed as abnormally dry in the drought monitor map released Dec. 23, 2021.

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The drought relinquished its stranglehold on several Midwestern states this fall, including Iowa.

Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig tells Brownfield much of the state spent the summer suffering from severe drought.

“When you think about where we’ve come from, it’s been amazing. As we’ve come through the fall months, even though it did slow some folks down from a harvest standpoint, (rain) was exactly what we needed from a soil moisture standpoint.”

He says a mild start to winter also helped.

“We haven’t frozen up our ground, so the rains (we’ve been) getting (are) soaking in, so we’ve made a significant improvement. We still have rain deficits, but we could not have asked for better rain conditions as we came through the fall. And I’m much more optimistic about where we are now heading into the 2022 growing season.”

The latest drought monitor indicates the four corners of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota are at worst in moderate drought, with most of that region considered either abnormally dry or no longer in any form of drought.