A new drought monitor map out today shows the areas in Missouri under drought conditions are expanding. Marlowe Schlegel in the State Agricultural Statistics Office says the corn crop in the state has already been decimated by the lack of rain – more than 40 percent of the corn statewide is considered poor to very poor. And Schlegel says northwest, west-central, and central parts of the state have corn crops listed as nearly 60 percent in poor to very poor conditions. Schlegel says any rains now won’t really help the corn crop because the ears are already made. But he believes soybeans could be saved by some rains but they’ll have to come soon. Related website:
U.S. Drought Monitor Map