The drought and heat have caused further deterioration in Missouri’s corn crop. 79 percent is now in very poor or poor condition. The USDA says it has received reports of farmers chopping down their corn. Just 5 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition. Nationally, 45 percent of the corn crop is very poor or poor. Last week it was 38 percent.
For Missouri soybeans 68 percent are now in very poor or poor condition. Just 8 percent of the crop is in good or excellent condition. Soybeans nationally, 35 percent is now poor or very poor compared with the 30 percent a week earlier.
Governor Nixon has declared a statewide state of emergency because of the impact that the prolonged severe heat and drought are having on both agriculture and public health. The governor says the high temperatures and dry conditionsare taking their toll on Missourians. Farmers are suffering tremendous losses in crops and livestock, and more heat-related deaths and emergency room visits are being reported, particularly among seniors.