The latest Drought Monitor, released this week, shows that an area of severe (D2) drought in northeastern Georgia has significantly expanded and moderate drought has developed in western North Carolina due to the lack of any rainfall over the last few weeks. Another area of drought has expanded in the Florida Panhandle into parts of adjoining Alabama and southwestern Georgia. Other areas, including parts of Alabama and eastern NC and VA, improved somewhat with the rain that fell in the past week. Dry conditions are expected to continue for the next week, and with temperatures climbing upward from our current cool conditions, that will increase evaporation again. This will continue to add impacts to producers of small grains and forage as we move towards winter.

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