Southern Missouri crop conditions declining


Southern Missouri crop conditions declining

A southwest Missouri farmer says high temperatures and a lack of rain has led to a difficult growing season.

Brian Bunton farms near Lamar, about 40 miles north of Joplin. “We are seeing some pollination issues,” he said. “There were some areas fortunate enough to catch some rains where we will have above average yields, but by and large conditions are very tough.”

But he tells Brownfield his family is still hopeful for a decent soybean crop. “If we can get canopied here in the next 30 days – especially on some of these double crop acres – and catch some rains in late August and September, I’m still optimistic that we can achieve a normal soybean crop yield.”

Bunton says this year’s growing conditions in his area are similar to the drought of 2012.