Friday, July 31, 2015

Crop Growing Season Could be Wettest on Record in 121 Years

(University Extension) -- At the end of July, Missouri fell a few raindrops shy of having the wettest May to July on record. Before the final tally of the average, the rain totaled 22.41 inches. The wet record was only 0.14 inch more at 22.55 in 1981.

Pat Guinan, University of Missouri Extension climatologist, says the rainfall total can change. “It could be the wettest on record, as current numbers are preliminary.”

It takes a while to receive all rain reports from 200 official reporting stations across the state, said Guinan.
Monthly totals were 7.26 inches in May, 7.31 in June and 7.84 in July. The July rain ranks fourth-wettest going back 121 years.

“The wet year is an anomaly,” Guinan says. “It’s not just total rain, but the frequency.” In three months, the Kansas City weather station reported 48 days with measurable rain. The normal, based on 30 years of records, is 32 days.

Wet weather hit agriculture hard. Crop farmers faced delayed and prevented plantings. Livestock farmers couldn’t bale quality hay for winter feed.

“Haymaking was hit hard,” says Craig Roberts, MU Extension forage specialist. “Those with management-intensive grazing did well if they matched livestock demand to forage growth. A downside was waterlogged soils.”

Frequent cloudy skies affect growing-degree days that drive crop development. Plant photosynthesis depends on sunshine. Water-soaked soils slow root growth and cut usable nitrogen.

“Most unusual was widespread distribution of rain across the state,” Guinan told farmers at the annual Crop Injury Clinic at MU Bradford Research Center, Columbia. “There was no drought anywhere.”

At the crop clinic, Guinan said El NiƱo’s influence is difficult to discern in Missouri, which is in a transition zone between the northern and southern United States.

Earlier, at the end of regular soybean planting, MU Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold said more than 1.3 million acres of the crop remained unplanted in Missouri. The state led the nation in unplanted crop.

On July 27 the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service reported corn silking fell 28 points behind last year. Soybean blooming was 38 points below last year. The 2014 crop set yield records.

“Not just farming was affected by rain,” Guinan said. “Persistent wet conditions create uncomfortable days. High temperatures with high humidity bring heat stress.” Guinan noted there were high heat indexes in the summers of 2010 and 2011 as well.

County governments and road districts across the state suffered lost bridges and washed-out culverts. The wet season disrupted construction and transportation, Guinan added.

As state climatologist, Guinan has 24 online real-time Missouri weather stations. Search for “Missouri Mesonet” or go to

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paige Blaine Named to Dean's List

Paige Blaine was named to the Dean's List for State Technical College. State Technical College would like to congratulate students who are eligible for the Dean's List for the 2015 spring semester.

To be placed on the Dean's List, a full-time student must earn a semester grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0 on a 4-point scale.

Ranked among the best nationally, the State Technical College of Missouri serves a unique role as one of the leading two-year technical colleges in Missouri and the Midwest region.  State Tech has built a reputation as a highly specialized, student friendly college with an exceptional reputation with business and industry.  State Tech stands alone as Missouri's first and only public higher education institution with a statewide mission devoted solely to technical education at the Associate of Applied Science Degree level.  Visit to learn more.

Monday, July 20, 2015

County Signs Stolen from Closed Road

"Road Closed" signs blocked off a county road were stolen in one case and knocked over in another case, the county said. "I wouldn't mind it so much if it was something minor, but if someone falls in, it's a major liability issue for the county," said Road & Bridge Supervisor Jim Fletchall. The county will prosecute cases of road sign theft or driving around county barricades. One problem spot was near Sheridan, where people were driving around barricades near Clint Larison's.

The recent rains have forced the closure of several roads and have washed out or eroded numerous farm tubes. A tube on Road 178 is out, which has been a recurring problem. "It's rained so much, it's been cutting out everywhere," said Presiding Commissioner Ted Findley. On Thursday morning, Sheridan received three inches, Maryville had 6, and Worth and Stanberry received 8. On Sunday, the county received anywhere from .8 of an inch to 2 inches in just a half-hour span. More rain hit the area Monday morning. Fletchall said that motorists should be cautious when driving county roads. The gravel washed out north of Ted Findley's house near Denver.

Fletchall said that he was planning to record a lot of data for FEMA purposes. He said that there were a few places he wasn't sure would be fixed before the crops were out.

Raymond McElvain reported that two weeks ago, someone drove along his road and tore up #159 near Denver. When the recent round of rains struck, he said that the road was no longer passable except with a four-wheel drive. The water was running in the road and not in the ditch, and it would be difficult to do before it drys up.

The county appointed Janice Borey to the Library Board. The county appointed Treasurer Linda Brown to record the minutes in Clerk Roberta Owens' absence. Fletchall reported that there were brake and clutch issues with the CAT Grader. One pickup needed the four-wheel drive fixed because it was always getting stuck on the muddy roads. Another pickup needs two tires.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

7-13 -- Officer transports female inmate to court.
7-13 -- Trespassing report called in.
7-13 -- Resident in to report a scam.
7-14 -- Officer investigating domestic at local business.
7-14 -- Officer issues traffic ticket.
7-15 -- Person in to report a scam.
7-16 -- Officer responds to 911 Med Alert; all OK.
7-16 -- Officer assists with funeral traffic.
7-17 -- Person in to file a statement.
7-17 -- ANR Pipeline will do a blowoff on Tuesday the 28th near 490th Road.
7-17 -- Report of missing road closed sign; county will prosecute if caught.
7-17 -- Officer in pursuit assisted by Highway Patrol; subject issued summons.
7-18 -- Officer responds to alarms at Hy-Vee.
7-18 -- Officer investigates report of wild animal (badger) under school bus.
7-18 -- Officer investigates a drunk person on a bike.