Throughout the Midwest rural communities have been suffering from Coronavirus and drought. Senator Grassley needs to wake up to the dry conditions throughout Iowa which have led to high risk harvest conditions week to week. Iowa is in an extreme drought, and the state’s driest conditions are in the northwest corner of the state. The corners of Iowa are abnormally dry and will continue to see dry spells throughout November. Little has changed in drought conditions and we will see little relief in the coming weeks. Long term corn planting looks tough as drier soil with looming water shortages appear to be on the horizon. The Iowa corn crop is more sensitive to drought and is also battling increased pests and mold.
It’s clear the economy is affected by climate change and Iowa farmers are going to adapt to climate impacts as well as fluctuations in extreme weather. Climate change has lengthened Iowa’s growing season, a trend that’s expected to continue as temperatures increase. Meanwhile, extreme weather events such as the derecho and floods are increasing as well. The high cost of climate change is already straining the budgets of Iowa towns. Iowa is running out of time to reverse drought conditions especially in the winter months which are Iowa’s driest months. 2020 has been a year of devastating thunderstorms and flash floods along with record breaking temperatures, it’s clear climate change is threatening our livelihoods. This extreme weather is devastating to our health, Iowa wildlife and the environmental rollbacks by the Trump administration have only made matters worse. Iowa’s leaders need to address climate injustices by taking bold climate action.