The latest National Drought Monitor was released today and shows that due to the heavy rains that have fallen across most of the Southeast, most of the drought in Alabama and all of Georgia was eliminated, with just a small patch of moderate drought remaining in southeast Alabama. Some residual abnormally dry conditions remain but are expected to be eliminated since wet conditions are predicted to continue over the Southeast in the coming weeks. However, most of the rain missed southern Florida, and as a result the drought there expanded.
The rains in many areas have hindered farmers’ ability to get into the fields to do planting and other field work and have caused lodging in some crops. Fungal diseases are also increasing due to the wet conditions.
You can see the latest Drought Monitor at http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu. They release a new map each Thursday morning.