Rains Help Drought Situation in Southeast Missouri
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - Drought conditions are easing in parts of southeast Missouri. The Southeast Missourian newspaper in Cape Girardeau reports that recent rains have helped relieve a drought that had raised serious concerns for farmers in the region. Still, the rains have been scattered and some areas remain dry. As of the July third U-S Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor report, the southeast Missouri area was no longer considered "abnormally dry" and was in the "normal" range for precipitation. Still, the National Weather Service says 50 percent of pastureland, 19 percent of the soybean crop and 21 percent of the corn crop is rated "poor" to "very poor."