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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 18:19
While recent rains stabilized drought conditions in Iowa, dry conditions in other farming states have intensified.
The latest US drought monitor, shows that much of the middle of the country continues to suffer some form of drought.
In Iowa, the country's leader in corn production, one storm dumped much needed rain, improving the drought conditions.
Kansas and Nebraska, however didn't fare as well. The amount of land in those states in exceptional drought actually increased this week.
Another change that helped ease conditions, lower temperatures.
Many areas in from the Midwest to the South saw highs in the 80's rather than the 100's.
Drought conditions are affecting corn, soybeans and hay, leading to reduced yields and earlier harvests.
114 counties are considered disaster areas. 93 percent of Missouri is in extreme drought conditions.