Southern Missouri Crops Getting No Relief from Heat Wave

COLUMBIA, MO - Summer rain provided much-needed moisture across the northern third of the Show-Me State, but the Bootheel and southern Missouri continues to bake.

The Missouri Agriculture Statistics Service says most of the state's crop conditions are deteriorating further because of hot, dry weather.

The agency says corn condition is rated 23 percent poor to very poor, 33 percent fair and 44 percent good to excellent.

Soybeans are rated 25 percent poor to very poor, 39 percent fair, 32 percent good and four percent excellent.

Sorghum is at 15 percent poor to very poor, 12 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 37 percent good and three percent excellent.

Just over six days was suitable for field work last week.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)