Most of Audubon County falls into the Extreme Drought category, according to information released on Thursday from the State of Iowa Drought Monitor. Parts of nine counties — including Audubon, part of Cass and Shelby counties — are in extreme drought conditions, while surrounding counties are listed as being in moderate to severe drought conditions.

Almost two thirds of the state has very dry conditions, counties in the Extreme Drought include all of Audubon and Carroll Counties, 90 percent of Greene and Guthrie Counties, and about one-third of Cass, Dallas, Shelby and Crawford Counties.

Extreme drought is characterized as including dry pastures, with producers selling cattle; crops being tested for toxins, or with pest infestations; seasonal allergies are on the rise; farmers are stressed about high feed prices; trees start to drop leaves; acorns are undeveloped; streambeds are low to dry and warm water leads to fish kills.