The federal agriculture department has declared 101 Missouri counties as drought disaster areas. Researchers at the University of Missouri tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the state will need 13 feet of snow this winter to compensate for the summer drought after the spring floods in many counties, and without a bad winter, soil moisture will be depleted for the spring planting season.

Researchers say Missouri grain farmers have lost about 350-milion dollars because of the dry weather this year.