The U.S. drought monitor map was updated in a positive direction Thursday.

Although dry conditions continue, according to Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 41 counties are no longer counted in D2 status, or above. All categories were updated to reflect a lower number of counties. Drought conditions continue to be severe throughout much of northwestern Missouri, with thirty counties still in D2 conditions or higher. Citizens are still encouraged to report livestock stress, crop damage, and low water levels by submitting information using the Missouri Extension Drought Impact Reporter. Access resources by going to DNR’s website, dnr.mo.gov.

D4 conditions continue in portions of Clay, Jackson and Platte counties.

D3 conditions exist in portions of Andrew, Boone, Caldwell, Callaway, Cole, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Livingston, Moniteau and Nodaway counties

D2 conditions exist in portions of Buchanan, Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Harrison, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Macon, Ray, Sullivan and Worth counties.