Tag Archives: Drought

Drought Continues to Grip Northeast Missouri

While recent scattered showers may have forced a few lawn mowers back into action and helped prevent too much activity for the local fire department during  the fireworks season surrounding Independence Day, drought conditions continue to envelop all of Scotland County. The National Weather Service’s most recent drought information statement declared Severe drought remains across […]

Hot, Dry Weather Spells Trouble For Soybean, Corn

by Linda Geist Missouri’s record-breaking May heat and lack of precipitation set the stage for two unusual conditions in the state’s top cash crops—soybean and corn, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. He urges farmers to look for rootless corn syndrome and heat canker in soybean, conditions that result from drought and heat […]

Drought Lands Scotland County USDA Primary Natural Disaster Area Designation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Davis, Henry, Keokuk and Van Buren counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Iowa also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Appanoose, Jefferson, Mahaska, Wapello, Des […]

Dry June Has Scotland County on Brink of Drought Designation

Crops need rain and lower temperatures soon for relief. Most crops are “just a few days away from difficult times,” says University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Bill Wiebold. “We can go from ‘not so bad’ to ‘pretty bad’ quickly,” Wiebold says. Crops need up to 1-2.2 inches of rain weekly to grow well. In […]

Scotland County Farmers Eligible for Aid Under USDA Drought Disaster Designation

JEFFERSON CITY – Drought-stricken farmers in 27 Missouri counties are eligible for federal assistance after the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a primary natural disaster area designation, Gov. Jay Nixon said. The designation this week from USDA Secretary Vilsack is for 14 counties that have suffered either extreme or exceptional drought, or have suffered severe […]

Transitioning from Summer to Fall If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.  ~Robert Brault Everyone is talking about the drought and extreme heat of this summer.  If you are like me, you haven’t spent a lot of time weeding in the garden this past month.  It’s […]

USDA Declare all Missouri Counties as Disaster Areas Due to Drought, Heat

Farmers throughout Missouri affected by the heat and drought that has gripped the state will now have access to low-interest loans and other assistance from the federal government. On July 17th,  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced the USDA has designated all 114 counties as primary natural disaster areas, following a request by Missouri […]

Governor Requests Agriculture Disaster Designation For State

USDA drought assessments showed 114 Missouri counties meet disaster threshold due to the ongoing drought. JEFFERSON CITY – On July 10th, Governor Jay Nixon requested that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack designate 114 counties in Missouri as primary agricultural disaster areas. The designation would permit assistance from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to farmers […]

Do or Die Time for Local Crops in Need of Rain

Scattered rain across parts of southern Scotland County brought some much needed temporary relief over the weekend, but left residents in the north thirsting for more precipitation as the drought is entering the devastating stages for farmers. Rain reports of between 1.5 to 2 inches of precipitation came in from the Bible Grove and Rutledge […]

Flash Drought Still an Issue Despite Recent Rain Relief

COLUMBIA – It’s been a pretty typical July, weather-wise, in Missouri. The only problem is it’s barely June, and high temperatures and lack of rain threaten damage to crops, pastures and lawns. A University of Missouri climatologist said May, and now June, continued a weather trend that set records and prefaced an emerging drought most […]