Drought Update: The west has a long road to recovery

Despite recent rainfall in certain parts of farm country, a good chunk of rural America is still dealing with drought.

DTN Ag meteorologist, John Baranick says that the west has a long road to recovery.

“We’re seeing some drought reduction, definitely over the western states, especially the southwest over the last few weeks. But, it takes until the wintertime for them to get their wet season rolling. They’re still dealing with drought, and if you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in the Colorado River, especially, and Lake Mead has got some really interesting pictures with incredibly low water levels, it’s going to take more than just this monsoon to help things out there,” Baranick explains.

He also mentions southern Iowa, southern Missouri, and most of the Plains States are all still dealing with drought.


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