COLUMBIA — Cooler weather and the bright sunshine of fall days take our attention away from the equally obvious and very serious.
Officially, a state of emergency caused by this summer’s drought in Missouri has been extended to Nov. 15. Unofficially, the drought’s impact will last well beyond that for central Missouri.
Agriculture is the primary economic engine in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Crop farmers began feeling the effects early this summer as drought-stressed plants failed to produce. Livestock producers now are struggling to stay afloat in a wild market.