The drought areas of Iowa increased by eight percentage points from last week.
Still a lot of rain is needed to end the long-lasting drought in the Southern Plains.
But a majority of the country is still covered by some form of drought.
While drought improved in many areas, the Southern Plains saw slight expansion.
Central and Southern Plains still covered by drought.
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The impacts of the 2012 drought continue to play out in a beef industry discouraged by high feed prices and large cattle feeding losses.
Report reflects aggressive lightweight calf placements.