Lack of rainfall and hot weather is leading to dry soil and stressed crops in the state, according to the USDA Crop Progress Report.
The report says 40% of North Central Missouri’s fields and almost 30% of Northeast Missouri’s fields lack topsoil moisture.
University of Missouri Climatologist Pat Guinan says farm fields in Mid-Missouri haven’t been this dry since 1992.
“Columbia tends to be the bulls-eye when we look at some of the deficits since January 1. We’ve racked up about a deficit in excess of eight inches,” said Guinan. “We’ve had just over ten inches of rain. That’s about 55% of normal for a five-and-a-half-month period.”
The USDA Drought Monitor categorized nearly 20% of Missouri as abnormally dry.
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