Southeast Missouri Fields Still Flooded

OCTOBER 3, 2006 - Posted at 3:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA, MO - Farmers took advantage of dry weather last week to continue harvesting row crops, but farmers in southeast Missouri are still assessing the damage from flooding rain.

The Missouri Agricultural Statisics Service says 71 percent of the corn harvest is complete, three days ahead of last year and five days ahead of average.  While 97 percent of the crop is now mature, the quality of yields varies widely.

Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop is turning color and 73 percent is dropping leaves, two days ahead of normal.  The rice harvest is 70 percent complete, four or five days ahead of the average.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)