Missouri’s senior U.S. Senator will be listening to farmers and drought experts to assess the dry conditions plaguing the state. Senator Kit Bond holds a drought roundtable today in Columbia at the University of Missouri. State Agricultural Statistician Gene Danekas says officials are giving Bond a wide variety of information from what the rainfall situation in the state is to how crops and livestock are being affected. Danekas says the area most impacted runs north of Interstate 44 from Springfield to St. Louis as well as the southeast corner of the state, right in the heart of Missouri’s corn and soybean crop. Usually, when crops are poor, prices go up. But Danekas says Missouri farmers could be hit with the double-whammy of poor crops and poor prices. Danekas says it’s not too late for the soybean crop to be saved, but he says corn and pastures for grazing livestock are looking rough.
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