Winter Storms Good For Some

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Thursday, February 22 2007 Feb 22, 2007 Thursday, February 22, 2007 5:42:19 PM CST February 22, 2007 in News

Lewis Baumgartner grows alfalfa and raises cattle. "Hay is scarce this year," he says, "because of the drought."

Drought, it means one thing to Missouri farmers. Just ask Baumgartner who will tell you, "it's scary!" And it's been around for the past two years. But the winter brought more than a lot of discomfort this year.

Michael Wells, of the Department of Natural Resources says the weather may have been good for some farmers because "it brought some much needed moisture to the state." Before the November storms almost 90 counties were in a level 2 or 3 drought alert. That means conditions are moderately to severely dry.

Now, all the alerts are gone, and 76 counties are just under an advisory, which means the drought is over. Right now Baumgartner's farm is pretty brown, but he says it will change soon. And he says the extra moisture could help to make that happen faster.

"It looks good right now," said Baumgartner but he said "you don't know what the weather's going to bring this summer." And Wells agrees, he said "things could change very rapidly, and it does sometimes."

But for now, Baumgartner is happy about the moisture. Even though he's also happy to see a break in the cold temperatures because he says likes the warm weather. And he has faith springtime showers will bring him the moisture he needs.

The department of natural resources says Missouri's last long-term drought lasted from 2000 to 2001.

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