Drought conditions worsen in Missouri

MISSOURI - As the summer-long drought drags on, Gary Hoette knows that for many Montgomery County farmers, the year is already a disaster.

Growing season is virtually over for the mid-Missouri corn crop left wilting by oppressive July heat and spring and summer rainfall at about half the normal level. Even if it rains - and none is in the forecast - it's too late for corn and will be of only a little help to soybeans, he said.

"This is going to be a major setback," said Hoette, agronomist for the county's University of Missouri Extension Service. "It's going to be a major setback. A year like this is one of those it's going to take six or seven years to recover from."

Source: belleville.com
calendar icon 2 August 2005
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