The U.S. Drought Monitor map was updated on Sept. 27 and is on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources drought website at https://dnr.mo.gov/drought.htm.
The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates 63.35 percent of the state is experiencing dry or drought conditions. This is 5.58 percent improvement this week. Thirty-one counties are in D2 or greater status. Three counties remain in D4 status. Twelve counties remain in D3 status. Sixteen counties remain in D2 status. Forty counties no longer are in D2 or greater status.
D4 and D3 conditions continue in portions several northwest and central counties.
Counties no longer in D2 or greater status include Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Polk, Webster and a number of other counties.
Reports and photos are essential tools used in the assessment of drought conditions. As drought conditions continue, citizens are strongly encouraged to report livestock stress, crop damage and low water in ponds and streams by submitting information using the Missouri Extension Drought Impact Reporter online at https://bit.ly/2OdCcHd. Information will be used to assess conditions in each county and to inform drought maps provided by U.S. Drought Monitor for Missouri (https://bit.ly/2C2nm4j).
A map is available that provides drought condition reports and photos that were submitted by citizens. A “Pictures” tab is available for easily locating reports that contain photos. The Experimental Missouri Drought Conditions & Impacts Map is online at http://arcg.is/0Xrvy4.
A photo gallery, organized in folders by county, also is available online at https://bit.ly/2MHHjlS.