Recovering from derecho damage and planning for the 2021 season

It has been a challenging year for Iowa. Derecho damage and historic levels of drought plague the state as producers look for options to tackle the situation at hand.

About 96 percent of Iowa is under some level of drought. It is a statistic that, according to State Ag Secretary Mike Naig, the state has not seen since September 2013. When the derecho hit, it was a recipe for disaster.

“Some fields have been declared a total loss,” Naig said.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to visit the state and the Natural Resources Conservation Service wants a boost for the Environmental Quality Incentives program.