A weekly tracker of the nation’s worst drought in decades says parched conditions are easing in Southeast Missouri as farmers step up their corn harvests. The U-S Drought Monitor report released Thursday says recent rains came too late to help with most corn but may help soybeans. The highest category of Exceptional Drought no longer exists anywhere in the state. And “extreme” drought only encompasses 15-percent of Missouri, including from Charleston to Kennett and points south. Paducah Hydrologist Mary Lamm tells KZIM KSIM recent rains have helped soils as we get into the fall season. Lamm says the next two weeks call for normal temperatures and precipitation. She says although most burn bans have been lifted, the extreme fire danger does still exist, especially in the Ozarks and elsewhere on days with low humidity and high winds. The new Monitor report shows about one-fifth of the contiguous U-S remains in extreme or exceptional drought.
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