Moisture was a welcome and crucial attribute for August regardless of the amounts you received locally. Current rainfall data from the Midwest Regional Climate Center depicts overall accumulations of 2” or greater falling over most of Dairyland’s footprint. The blessings of which could not have been timelier for maintaining (and building in some instances) current yield potential within the 2023 crop. That said, areas in northern IL, WI, MN, and ND received well under the 30-year average mean rainfall for August. On a far more positive note, large portions of MI, IN, and SD received rainfall rates that have virtually negated all or at least most of the drought concern in those states.
The recent U.S. Drought Monitor has our Northern and Western Regions continuing to exhibit expansive and worsening dryness. WI, MN, and northern ND did not gain any ground based on this month’s U.S. Drought Monitor, with flat or increasing dry conditions as WI (82%), MN (75%), and ND (34%) coming in with D1-D4 drought conditions. The biggest improvements from our August rains were IN by far with 0%, IL 15%, and MI 8%.