While numerous precipitation events have decreased statewide drought nearly 33% and brought timely moisture for rainfed crops, some producers may still face lower yields this year due to acute, continued dryness, particularly in the York area.
The August 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions for an area of east-central Nebraska including Dodge, Washington, Cuming, Burt and some of Stanton and Colfax counties. The condition was attributed to short-term precipitation deficits.
The July 18 Drought Monitor for Nebraska reflected a decline in conditions from last week. Three-quarters of the state was either abnormally dry (49.5%) or in moderate (24%) to severe drought (less than 1 %).