Drought impacting yields in parts of Missouri

Missouri’s Ag Director says farmers around the state have been able to harvest their crops with limited delays this year.

But, Chris Chinn tells Brownfield, “Unfortunately, the southwest part of our state has really been hit hard with the drought,” she said. “In the Bootheel area where they have irrigated fields, they are seeing great yields. But for those fields that don’t have the irrigation they are challenged.”

She says yields have been better than expected further north. “The northern part of our state had timely rains at very critical times in the growing season for their crop,” Chinn said. “From what I am hearing, they are pleasantly surprised at what their yields are.”

Chinn says farmers in the northeastern corner got a later start on harvest due to planting delays in the spring.

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