The Drought Monitor for the week ending June 23 showed a mix of improvement and degradation in drought/dryness across the country’s midsection. Drought eased in Minnesota, northcentral and northwest Iowa and neighboring areas of South Dakota and Nebraska, as well as in central areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. But drought intensified and expanded in the eastern Corn Belt, western areas of the Dakotas, southwest Nebraska and eastern areas of Kansas and Oklahoma.
Of particular note, 85% of Indiana is abnormally dry, which is more than a 14-point jump from the week prior, and 30% of Illinois is now affected by abnormal dryness, which is nearly a 26-point surge from last week. On the other hand, the area of abnormal dryness in Iowa contracted more than six points to 16%.