Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.
The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?
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.
The USDA has issued a report of saying despite a soggy planting season, farmers will still break records this year.