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A new report suggests that while recent rains stabilized the devastating drought gripping Iowa and other key farming states, the dry conditions intensified in Kansas and Nebraska.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows the overall expanse of land across the contiguous U.S. states weathering some form of drought dropped less than 1 percent to 61.8 percent as of Tuesday.
In Iowa, the nation's leader in corn production, the amount of land mired in extreme or exceptional drought - the two worst classifications - dropped 7 percent, to 62.05 percent over the past week. But the amount of Nebraska in exceptional drought spiked 19 percent to 22.5 percent.
The number in Kansas rose from 38.6 percent last week to 63.3 percent.