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Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers’ crops, cattle | KRVN Radio

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers’ crops, cattle

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers’ crops, cattle
In this Aug. 10, 2018 photo provided by the University of Missouri Extension, a steer takes shelter under a bush near a dry pond on a farm near Monett, Mo. Drought conditions across most of Missouri are causing concerns for farmers. Corn yields could be lower than normal and hay, vital for feeding cattle, is proving scarce. About three-quarters of Missouri pastures are in poor or very poor condition, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Eldon Cole/University of Missouri Extension via AP)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce.

Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with several counties in northern and southwestern parts of the state especially hard-hit.

Much of the western U.S. is also experiencing drought. But Missouri is the only Midwestern state with such severe conditions.

It’s troublesome for Missouri farmers who compete with farmers in neighboring states such as Nebraska and Illinois, which are mostly drought-free.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says soil moisture is below normal in four-fifths of Missouri.

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