The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows that extreme drought (D3) was introduced to central Alabama this week. Generally drought was reduced or removed from the Carolinas and Virginia while it expanded and got stronger in Alabama and Georgia. One area that is getting worse is northwest Georgia, now at severe (D2) drought levels, where the 2016 drought in spring affected pastures and corn. If you think the Drought Monitor is not adequately representing drought in your area, your best bet this time of year is to file a report on the Drought Impact Reporter. Read more at

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