Thomas Robinson | March 9th, 2021
Experts are concerned that the drought conditions currently affecting Iowa are likely to continue into the coming crop season.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor approximately 11% of Iowa is experiencing drought conditions and most of the affected counties are in northwestern Iowa where dry conditions have persisted for most of the year. There is hope that spring snowmelt could address some of the moisture deficit, particularly if the snow melts slowly which would allow the soil to absorb the water. Experts believe that reliable spring rainfall could help make up for dry conditions, however, Iowa is predicted to have less spring precipitation than normal because of persistent La Niña conditions in the Pacific Ocean.
Northwestern Iowa has recently experienced tough conditions as two years of dry soils have followed the heavy flooding in the area back in 2019. Drought conditions can induce stress in crops which may lead to damage and reduced yields for both soybeans and corn. After a year of uncertain crop markets, another year of drought is likely bring added difficulty for Iowan farmers.