Mike Sharpe, of Sharpe Agricultural Services located in Laddonia, said area agricultural producers need about four more hurricanes worth of precipitation to get harvest numbers back on track this year and into 2013.
Despite residual rain brought on by Hurricane Isaac and more recent rain events, most of northeast Missouri still suffers from moderate to severe drought conditions brought on by record heat and a dire-straights lack of precipitation throughout 2012.
As a result, corn and soybean yields have taken major hits, yet the wheat harvest shows gains. The low yields will strain ranchers’ abilities to maintain livestock into 2013.
“You can’t have the hottest month on record (July) with very little rain in places, you just can’t expect things to be okay when you have 21 straight days of record temperatures and little rain,” Sharpe said, referring to the near record breaking streak of more-than-100-degree days over the summer.
“It was staggering how many hot days in a row there were. We took off half of our yield in just that time frame,” he said.
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