Drought to stick around in MO

Missouri’s drought isn’t over yet and at the Missouri Drought Assessment Committee meeting on Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson said the drought has short and long-term impacts for agriculture.

“Most people won’t be over this until sometime next year.”

He said every sector of agriculture has been affected, especially forage production.

“For us back home, we probably had 30 to 40% of our hay crop in June. We’ll get very little in the fall cutting, but we’re too late in the season for grass to come back.”

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 59% of Missouri in moderate to extreme drought.

Missouri’s Drought Assessment Committee is recommending an extension of the drought alert executive order to Governor Mike Parson through April 1. An extension would allow the committee to continue supporting those in drought.

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