From USDA Drought Monitor Data
6:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

70% of Iowa Abnormally Dry

70 percent of Iowa is "abnormally dry" according to USDA.
Credit USDA

The latest USDA drought monitor map shows that 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry. That includes all of Des Moines, Henry and Lee counties.

Read more
Most corn acres planted since 1936
4:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

US Corn Acres Up, Down for Iowa

The USDA report has the US planting the most corn acres since 1936.
Credit SSS

The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.

Read more
Keokuk, Quincy, and Canton (MO)
6:15 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Housing Summits This Week

USDA's Tammye Trevino will be the keynote speaker for three upcoming housing summits.

Three events scheduled for this week for focusing on housing in the tri-state region.

Read more
Surveys due May 31st
3:11 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Ag Census Deadline Nears

USDA's Ag Census closes May 31st.
Credit Rich Egger

The deadline for the USDA’s Ag census is at the end of the month. It's conducted every 5 years and collects information on land prices and ownership as well as agricultural practices.

Read more
IA Rainfall in April Twice Average
3:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Heavy Rain Delays Planting for Tri-States

USDA Weekly crop update for May 5th.
Credit SSS

Iowa received almost twice its average amount of rainfall in April.  The precipitation replenished soil moisture but delayed this spring’s planting.

Read more