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A better drought situation heading into summer

A climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center says drought conditions have improved greatly this spring across the Corn Belt and Delta.

Brian Fuchs says the exception is southeast Nebraska and Arkansas.

“Pretty much the entire country east of the Missouri River Basin is drought free at this time outside of those areas. For such a large expanse of the country to not be showing pockets of drought and just have areas of dryness, that’s a positive for ag.”

Minnesota isn’t showing any dry conditions this week, the first time that’s happened since April 2020.

“We’d had pockets here and there in Minnesota and Wisconsin where drought had developed and improved, but the longer term drought with the intensities we’ve seen hasn’t happened in the history of the drought monitor.”

He says hot, wet conditions are in the forecast for much of the Corn Belt through the next week and that shouldn’t reverse the color trend on the drought monitor. Fuchs says the exception would be the areas that don’t get rain.

“Those would be the areas we’d probably focus on the most to have worsening conditions on the map.”

Fuchs cautions farmers and ranchers to always be prepared for the next drought and to take good times in stride.

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