Spring starts drought-free

Six months after the peak of last summer’s drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the region served by MFA Incorporat­ed is no longer experiencing any level of abnormally dry conditions. That’s good news for farmers gearing up for the 2019 growing season, although the latest concern may be too much moisture.

In January, the National Drought Mitigation Center reported that the entire state of Missouri was out of any drought category. According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, that was the first time since May 30, 2017, the Show-Me State did not indicate any level of drought. That good news extends to Missouri’s neighboring states as well.

When the 2018 drought reached its height in August, a stag­gering 97.76 percent of the state was experiencing drought with 5.54 percent in the worst stage of drought, D4. The improvement in these numbers comes after rounds of precipitation that began in October and remained steady through the end of 2018 and into 2019.

Throughout the growing season, you can keep an eye on drought conditions online at droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

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