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Missouri drought update

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:43 pm

The U.S. Drought Monitor map was updated today and is on the department’s Drought website at https://dnr.mo.gov/drought.htm.

A drought-stricken portion of Callaway County.

A drought-stricken portion of Callaway County. DNR photo

Dry to exceptionally dry conditions continue to be widespread in Missouri. Seventy counties are in D2 or greater status, down from 71 counties last week. Twenty-two counties remain in D4 status, down from 24 counties last week. Exceptional drought conditions encompass 3.99 percent of the state. Twelve counties are in D3 status, a decrease from 19 counties last week. Thirty-six counties are in D2 status. This is an increase from 28 counties last week. 

D4 conditions continue in all of Caldwell County. Portions of Andrew, Boone, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Linn, Livingston, Nodaway, Platte, Ray, Saline and Sullivan counties are experiencing D4 conditions. 

D3 conditions exist in Adair, Callaway, Clark, Cole, Macon, Mercer, Moniteau, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Worth counties.

D2 conditions exist in Audrain, Barry, Barton, Benton, Buchanan, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Date, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Holt, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Maries, McDonald, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Webster and Wright counties. 

In response to drought conditions in Missouri, Governor Parson made emergency water access available for family farms at 28 Department of Conservation areas and five Department of Natural Resources state parks. Read more and locate water hauling access areas and contact information for individual sites online at https://dnr.mo.gov/droughtresources.htm. Additional information about agriculture and drinking water assistance and resources is available on the website.

A new map is available that provides drought condition reports and photos that were submitted by citizens. The Experimental Missouri Drought Conditions & Impacts Map is online at http://arcg.is/0Xrvy4.