Dry conditions stress Missouri crops

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.

Read more: Missourinet

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