This week saw Southeast Iowa move from moderate to severe drought conditions, but dry conditions are getting worse across the Tri-States.
The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.
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.
US Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois recently introduced a bill to help the nation prepare to deal with the effects of future droughts on the Mississippi river.
Recently released numbers by the USDA show that the drought affected crop yields last hear differently across Western Illinois.
Corn yields in McDonough and Mason counties were down thirty bushels per acre from last year. Adams and Pike County were down 60 bushels while Mercer County was actually up twenty.