By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Wetter, but still dry

Drought concerns remain despite decent winter snow accumulation


February 16, 2023


The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map for Iowa shows much of the northwest region in severe or extreme drought, O'Brien and Clay counties included.

The New Year brought with it hopes for wetter conditions in Iowa, and so far, it's delivered.

The latest water summary update by the Iowa DNR reported precipitation totals in January nearly doubled their typical average in the Hawkeye State – 1.82 inches. Still, much of northwest Iowa remains dry, with both Clay and O'Brien counties suffering "severe drought" and "extreme drought" conditions, according to the U.S Drought Monitor.

ISU Extension agronomist Gentry Sorensen, whose territory covers Clay County, said farmers are optimistic 2023 will be wetter than its predecessor. However, snow...

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