Josie Taylor | November 8, 2021
For the first time in over a year, many parts of Iowa are no longer in a drought. This is thanks to widespread rainfall last month that made it one of the wettest Octobers on record.
An average of about 5 inches of rain fell across the state, according to a water summary update from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The latest analysis by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week shows less than half of the state is abnormally dry or in moderate drought. Just 4 months ago, it was more than half.
This week was the first since July 2020 that no part of the state was suffering from severe drought. Many areas of the state had more than double their normal amounts of rainfall. This is a massive improvement.
The persistent rains did slow harvesting, however farmers are still ahead of the five-year average for completion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. About 88 percent of the soybean crop was harvested as of Sunday, and 70 percent of corn had been harvested.