Despite rain, drought still an issue for Missouri

Jul 29, 2013

drought farm field soybeans
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Drought remains a threat to Missouri, despite the wet spring and improved rainfall this summer.  

Right now, a large portion of northwest Missouri is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while the rest of the state is classified as either “abnormally dry” or normal.

“We are looking at abnormally wet conditions along the Mississippi River and points to the east, where things get progressively wetter across parts of south-central Illinois," said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.

Fuchs says, though, that soil conditions are getting progressively drier throughout Missouri, especially in the western part of the state.  He adds, though, that conditions this year have improved greatly over last year’s extremely harsh drought