(Des Moines) The latest reading on the drought in Iowa shows no real change from last week despite some rain across the state.
It shows that 66-percent of the state is being classified as being in extreme drought. That covers most of western and south/central/southeast Iowa as well as north Central and northeast parts of the state. The remainder of the state is considered to be in severe drought.
There is a small sliver of northwest Iowa in portions of Lyon, Sioux, Woodbury and Plymouth counties on the border that now been in the exceptional drought categories for a few weeks.
The agency is predicting the drought will persist over all of Iowa and much of the western half of the country through the end of the year.
Iowa Radio Network
September 21, 2012