Weather Dries Up Farmers' Crops and Cash
John Sam Williamson's family has farmed his land since 1835. He said last weekend's rainfall was helpful "but our subsoil moisture has been low. We haven't had a good rain in a long time. It's been months."
Williamson defined a good rain as light and constant throughout the day.
Randy Miles, a University of Missouri soil science professor, said lack of rain has left the soil without any stored moisture. So, he said "every day we go without input, since we have very little storage, makes it precarious for the plant."
Miles said each day without rainfall makes the soil condition worse.
"The situation we have now is, we just did not get any recharge this last winter," he explained, "and therefore we're at the mercy of the current day weather."
Williamson can't predict his crop yields at the end of the growing season.
"There's nothing you can do about it," he admitted. "We've done about all we can do now."
Soil experts say conditions are the worst in southwest Missouri.