Missouri Farmers Coping with Cool, Wet Conditions

MAY 16, 2006 - Posted at 8:11 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Cool, wet weather kept farmers out of the

fields in much of Missouri last week and took a toll on the cotton


A weekly update from the Missouri Agricultural Statistics

Service also says development of the corn and soybean crops has

been slowed by the weather.

Topsoil moisture remained at eight percent surplus, 83 percent

adequate and nine percent short to very short. Topsoil moisture

ratings were lowest in northeast Missouri, which has received much

less rain than other sections in the past four weeks.

The corn crop is 96 percent planted and 87 percent of it has

emerged, which is ahead of normal. But growth has been slow, and

many plants are yellowish.

In the Bootheel, the agency says wet, cool conditions is causing

poor stands of cotton, with significant replanting likely.

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