The USDA has continued to add more counties throughout the Midwest to its list of primary natural disaster areas due to the worsening drought. Farm Industry News contributor Jeff Ryan took these photos near St. Lucas and Fort Atkinson, Iowa, where the drought continues to plague fields throughout the area. Meanwhile, some parts of Iowa received much-needed rain.
1. Fort Atkinson, Iowa
South and west of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, the drought has hit these fields hard.
2. Hit hard
This field has been hit very hard by the worsening drought.
3. $10,000-per-acre farm
This farm sold for $10,000 per acre last winter.
4. Problems with potato leafhoppers
The alfalfa on the $10,000-per-acre farm had to battle potato leafhoppers on several cuttings this year.
5. St. Lucas
A dairy farmer was chopping very dry corn near St. Lucas, Iowa.
6. World's Smallest Church
Dry fields surround the World's Smallest Church, located just northeast of St. Lucas, Iowa.
7. Need water
These cornfields show the desperate need for rain.
8. Field view
This photo was taken on the blacktop northeast of Fort Atkinson, Iowa.
Rain storms did blast through this area of Iowa near Fort Atkinson, Iowa.
10. Flattened corn
Some fields were drenched with rain, including this one, which is located next to Hwy. 9 between Ridgeway and Cresco, Iowa. The city of Cresco had a little more than 2 in. of rain.
A field located between Ridgeway and Cresco is flattened from the heavy rain and windstorm.