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Drought reappears in some growing states

A climatologist says some moderate drought conditions have reappeared in parts of the Midwest.

Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center says northeast Missouri had the biggest expansion in the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. “We’ve really been watching that area of southeast Iowa, northwest Illinois, as well as northeast Missouri. It’s kind of been an area I would call that has been missed in between the active storm patterns. To the north of there has been pretty wet and to the south of there has been pretty wet.”

He tells Brownfield timely rains will be critical for farmers across the Corn Belt moving forward. “We’ve picked up some rains, but for this time of year we should be getting an inch more each week. You start seeing those deficits and then some of the heat we’ve seen, it’s not going to take too much to jump back into drought conditions.”

Fuchs says the recent heat could cause some stress on replanted acres.

AUDIO: Climatologist Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center

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