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Drought Monitor: Improvement Seen in Central, Northern Plains
USAgNet - 09/10/2021

Drought-stricken areas of the Central and Northern Plains states, along with Iowa and Minnesota, saw continued improvement for the week ending Sept. 7. But hay shortages in the Northern Plains and the associated costs of purchasing and transporting supplemental feed are forcing some ranchers to sell livestock, according to today's Drought Monitor report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In response, the USDA announced expansion of emergency assistance through the ELAP program to help cover feed transportation costs for drought-impacted ranchers.

In the Northeast, remnants of Hurricane Ida brought intense, heavy rains (5 to 10+ inches) and devastating flooding to areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

In the Southeast, short-term dryness (past 30- to 60-day period) and declining soil moisture and streamflow levels led to degradation on the map in portions of the Carolinas.

In the South, short-term precipitation shortfalls and declining soil moisture levels led to some degradation of conditions in areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma that have largely missed out on recent rainfall events.

Out West, dry conditions prevailed across most of the region this week.

However, some beneficial rainfall was observed across isolated areas of the Southwest in association with the remnants of Hurricane Nora.

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