On August 5th parts of Dickinson, Clay, Kossuth, and Emmet were moved from the D2 Severe Drought to the Extreme Drought D3 category. The D3 Extreme Drought is defined by historical impacts such as dry pastures where cattle have to be sold, high feed prices, pest infestations in crops, and trees that may drop leaves.
The updated drought monitor map from August 19 extended the D3 intensity into western Kossuth as well as added parts of Palo Alto county. In the above link it shows the areas of Iowa that have been upgraded to the D3 Intensity.
The remainder of the area I serve is in a lower category of drought defined as D2. D2 historical defined impacts are defined as lower mosquito populations, high fire danger, and corn that may have low yields.
Recent rains have been variable all season with most areas not receiving enough rainfall causing drought stress to the crop. At this point we will be needing a consistent rain to help minimize losses with corn and help hold some test weight. Rain will also help if we get it very soon to help finish out the soybeans and reduce pod loss. In soybean fields that I walked this week I observed some pods being aborted from the dry conditions. On the Integrated Crop Management website there are several drought resources that are available. Here is the link to the Drought Resources You are also welcomed to call or email with any questions.
In addition, open communication with your insurance representative regarding your crop if you have not already. Scout your fields to understand the issues present and share those issues with your insurance representative.