Dry July for a MO farmer


Dry July for a MO farmer

A western Missouri farmer says his crop development is speeding up with the lack of moisture.

“The corn definitely needs a drink, but it’s not going to get that so, I guess, it is what it is,” said Jared Mershon.

He tells Brownfield his area could go more than a month without rainfall.

“We just missed the last rain, and it doesn’t look like there’s any more rain chances for maybe the rest of July, and our last rain came on July 3rd,” Mershon said.

Mershon, who farms near Kansas City, says the goal is normally over 200-bushel corn and 65 plus bushel soybeans.

“It’s looking… probably less than 200 bushels for the corn,” he said. “And I don’t know on the beans, they’re still a little ways out, maybe 60.”

Mershon said he planted early, from April 10th to April 25th, which has been beneficial given recent hot, dry weather. 

Jared Mershon Interview