June 7, 2001

Rain Totals Nearly Top 10 Inches During May In Scotland County

In case you had not noticed, it's been raining an awful lot lately. According to the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service, Scotland County received 9.37 inches of rain during the period of April 30 to May 27. And it just keeps coming, as rain fell on the region nearly every day through the first week of June.

The wet weather has thrown local farm production well behind the 2000 pace. Less than half the local soybean crop has been planted for the first time, with many producers convinced they will have to replant much of the crop that is already in the ground. The corn crop was further along before the rains brought planting to a halt, but it too is facing problems as yellowing has been reported due to high soil moisture.

If the rain was not enough to cause concern, temperatures have been an average of 10 degrees below the 30-year average during May, decreasing growing degree days dramatically over the first 30 days of the farm season.

The wet spring has been a dramatic shift from 2000. Scotland County got more rain in one night, Sunday May 19 (an estimated five inches), than it did in the entire months of April and May of 2000 combined (3.94 inches).

The poor weather is taking its toll on other aspects of life in Scotland County as well. The summer little league program was set to open the last week of May but has only been able to get one night of regularly scheduled games played over the first 10 days.

The Scotland County Raceway has lost three regularly scheduled events and had one rescheduled race shortened by rain.

The Memphis City Pool has yet to open due to rain and temperatures topping out in the 60s and low 70s. The opening is nearly two weeks behind schedule as Memorial Day weekend, May 28, typically marks the opening date.

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