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Statewide Drought Continues Despite Weekend Rains

September 21, 1999
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

This past weekend's rain system that crossed Missouri did little to ease the effects of the harsh drought on farmers. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

The counties of Missouri recieved an average of just 1.2 inches of rain last week -- way below the state average for this time of year. Department of Agriculture Statisician, Marloe Chlegel (SH-LAY-gull), says much more rain is needed ...

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OutCue: "WILL TAKE."
Contents: CHLAGEL (SH-LAY-gull) SAYS FARMERS TELL HIM THAT THEY NEED AN INCH TODAY AND THEN AN INCH EVERY DAY, FOR A WEEK.

Chlegel (SH-LAY-gel) says this summer's drought continues to affect crop prices ...

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OutCue: "THIS POINT."
Contents: CHLAGEL (SH-LAY-gel) SAYS A COMBINATION OF LOW YIELD AND LOW PRICES IS SPELLING DOOM FOR MOST MISSOURI FARMERS.

Most affected by the drought is the state's soybean yield.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.


The recent rain across Missouri did little to stifle the current drought covering the state. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

An average of just 1.2 inches of rain fell in Missouri counties last week. According to the Department of Agriculture, soybeans are most affected by the drought. The department's statiscian, Marloe Chlegel (SH-LAY-gel) says soybean bushels are not way down compared to 5 years ago, but prices are ...

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OutCue: "SOYBEAN PRICES."
Contents: CHLEGEL (SH-LAY-gel) SAYS THAT PRICES WERE NEARLY 7 DOLLARS AT THAT TIME, BUT NOW IT COSTS LESS THAN 5 DOLLARS A BUSHEL FOR SOYBEANS.

56% of the state's soybean crop was graded "poor to very poor" in the state's most recent agriculture report.

From the state capital, I'm Kyle Elfrink.