In a sign of worsening drought, the Farm Service Agency has authorized emergency grazing on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in Muscatine County.
The Muscatine Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1dQLumN) that the emergency authorization runs until Sept. 30.
Those interested in emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres must first get approval from the Farm Service Agency.
An online Farm Service Agency map last updated on Tuesday shows 36 Iowa counties have been approved for emergency grazing and haying on CRP land.
According to the latest weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report, about 98 percent of Iowa is in some level of drought. That's down slightly from the week before, but the area of the state in severe drought expanded to 32 percent from 22 percent from the previous week.