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Farmers dealing with drought

Compared to this time last year, the area has received 17 fewer inches of rain, leaving many fields without crops. Compared to this time last year, the area has received 17 fewer inches of rain, leaving many fields without crops.
A local agriculture expert say water demand is starting to peak. A local agriculture expert say water demand is starting to peak.
Some fields have gotten enough rain for crops to grow, but local agriculture experts say the dry spell has farmers worried, especially for those who plant corn. Some fields have gotten enough rain for crops to grow, but local agriculture experts say the dry spell has farmers worried, especially for those who plant corn.
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

It's been an unbelievably dry spring in the Heartland, and it's taking a toll on farmers.

Compared to this time last year, the area has received 17 fewer inches of rain, leaving many fields without crops.

It's too dry in some fields to plant soybeans.

Luckily, some fields have gotten enough rain for crops to grow, but local agriculture experts say the dry spell has farmers worried, especially for those who plant corn.

"We're entering that rapid elongation period for corn, so that water demand is really starting to peak," said University of Missouri Extension agronomist Anthony Ohmes.

Ironically, Ohmes also said most of the farmland in the Birds Point floodway will be in good shape after the land gets a little more rain.

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