Weather Improves but Crops Still Suffering
JEFFERSON CITY - The National Agriculture Statistics Service reported Monday that Missouri crops continue to suffer, despite milder temperatures across the state. The assessment deemed nearly all days of last week suitable for fieldwork, but dry conditions continue to negatively affect Missouri's cash crops.
Moisture supply for crops remain low compared to the previous week. Only one percent of topsoil and subsoil ranked as "adequate."
Other percentages reported:
- Corn: 85 percent in poor condition, four percent in good-to-excellent condition
- Soybeans: 75 percent in poor condition, six percent in good-to-excellent condition
- Pastures: 95 percent in poor condition
KOMU-8 recently reported the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts began offering more than $18 million in aid to drought-stricken farmers and ranchers to get more water through an emergency program. The program pays 90 percent of the cost for farmers and ranchers to drill or deepen water wells or help improve irrigation systems.