Rain Eases Drought
Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Thu Apr 25, 2013 04:00 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- April 2013 will go down as an out-of-character month for being cold and wet. Both features have helped to give Western Corn Belt soils a fighting chance at recovery from last year's record drought.

In fact, the drought is over in part of Iowa. "For sure the southeast half could be considered drought-free," said Iowa state climatologist Harry Hillaker.

In Nebraska -- which was labeled as "ground zero" for much of the 2012 drought duration -- the grip of dryness is loosening. "I'm cautiously optimistic about drought improvement," said Nebraska state climatologist Al Dutcher. Dutcher cited southeastern ...

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