The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Drought conditions creep into region

Local counties range from abnormally dry to moderate drought


August 6, 2020


A crop duster sprays a corn field near Hartley last month.

Northwest Iowa could use a drink.

Dry conditions have expanded across the region in recent weeks thanks to a lack of rain in July. Though the situation isn't dire for local crops right now, precipitation is needed in the near future.

"For the most part, things are still looking pretty good," said ISU Extension & Outreach field agronomist Joel DeJong, who serves nine northwest Iowa counties including O'Brien. "A rain would be great, don't get me wrong, but they're hanging in there."

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, a little more than half of O'Brien County is facing m...

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