MO producers would welcome more rain

Missouri farmers say some soil moisture has been replenished this winter, but dry conditions linger and any additional rains are welcome.

Northeast Missouri farmer Matt Wright says “we had several different snow events and at one point, we came close to 15 inches (of snow) and I thought that would help us out a lot, but it was amazing how fast that dried up once it melted. I’m assuming the ground must have been frozen and a lot of it ran off.”

Wright says the runoff has been good for ponds and he’s optimistic for more soaking rains before planting season begins.

In north-central Missouri, farmer Brandon Thiel tells Brownfield recent rains didn’t provide much moisture and the dry weather is providing a window for more fertilizer applications.

“I know farmers are itching with the good weather we’ve had to get back into the fields.”

Thiel says the weather forecast will dictate when planting begins, which could be as soon as April. And with the possibility of another dry growing season, Wright says pasture ground and hay production will be the priority this spring.

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