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Illinois No Longer in Drought

Mar 27, 2013

The state of Illinois is no longer in a drought but that’s not the case for the rest of the tri states.  The USDA’s Drought Monitor had categorized Illinois as having drought conditions since April of last year until its update on March 19th.

While that label has been removed portions of the state including portions of Hancock and Adams Counties are still considered abnormally dry.

Credit Rich Egger

Meanwhile Iowa has been in some form of drought since August of 2011 though Darbee Wellman said conditions vary across the state.

Wellman is a field specialist specialist for Lee and Henry Counties with Iowa State University Extension.

"We've seen quite a bit of improvement and so the kind of services that someone in northwest Iowa where they're still experiencing a more severe type drought might not be as beneficial to us where we're starting to recover," Wellman said.

Three quarters of Iowa remains in drought conditions with about one-fifth in extreme drought. One-fifth of Missouri remains in some form of drought, with three-fifths still considered abnormally dry.