Missouri is so thirsty for rain that Gov. Mike Parson has extended the state’s drought alert to September.

“Issuing a drought alert last spring was quite unprecedented, and unfortunately, the reality is we’re facing conditions worse now than a year ago,” Parson said. “We welcome what rain Missouri has received in recent weeks, but this drought alert will continue so long as Missouri’s farmers and ranchers are struggling from the effects of prolonged dryness and concerns persist over commercial navigation along our riverways.”

Missouri has been under a drought alert since May 31, 2023. Prior to that, the state was under an alert from July 2022 until March 2023.

A news release from Parson’s office said the governor’s latest decision will continue the drought alert in Missouri counties with areas experiencing moderate or greater drought conditions. It will also extend to any other Missouri county that begins experiencing drought conditions.

As of Thursday, 11 Missouri counties are dealing with severe drought, 71 counties are experiencing moderate drought, and 86 counties have abnormally dry conditions.

The governor’s extension of his executive order directs continued state help, such as emergency water pumping and haying opportunities on public land for farmers, the monitoring of drinking water capacity, and permits for extra large loads of hay being transported. Other state aid includes some easing of regular grazing school requirements, pond cleanout practices, and cover crop and livestock exclusion practices.

Copyright © 2024, Missourinet