Heat Wave 2012

Boone County slips out of drought for first time in nine months

For the first time since June, Boone County is classified as "abnormally dry" instead of in moderate drought conditions. However, far west Missouri remains in a moderate to severe drought.

Department of Agriculture designates Boone County a disaster area for drought

The designation makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for lower interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Drought's grip unrelenting across Midwest

The latest numbers were as of Tuesday, before the arrival of the Midwest's first winter snowstorm.

Drought holds steady, clouding winter crop outlook

As estimates about the size of the harvest continues to decline, USDA reports show that a majority of the crop has already been brought in from the field. 

Bacon shortage 'baloney,' but prices to rise

The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent.

Rains bring improvement, but Missouri drought forecast remains bleak

Although a burn ban has been lifted and lawns have become greener, the National Weather Service says the long-term weather prognosis isn't good.

UPDATE: Mayors of Mississippi River communities seek solutions

Forty-one mayors gathered in St. Louis this week for the inaugural meeting of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative.

Rain eases drought as Midwest corn harvest unfolds

Despite the recent rain from Hurricane Isaac, the drought still damaged a large portion of crops beyond repair.

Hurricane Isaac's remnants relieve some Midwest drought states

Some key farming states got much-needed rain, but conditions worsened in Nebraska and Iowa.

Mark Twain National Forest lifts fire ban after dry summer

Forest officials said rain from remnants of Hurricane Isaac has allowed for summer-long fire restrictions to be lifted.

Isaac's rain not enough relief for Mississippi River

Isaac helped the rivers water levels rise, but it will not be enough to return to normal water levels for this time of year.

Weekend rainfall less than expected; long-term outlook bleak

The National Weather Service expects the drought to persist or worsen over the next three months.

Mizzou Botanic Garden under stress due to extreme drought

The Mizzou Botanic Garden staff spends its days working to keep plants and trees alive during the extensive dry spell.

Missouri program to improve farmers' water supplies could cost $29 million

The state program announced by Gov. Jay Nixon a month ago covers 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems.

Southeast Missouri ports open despite low-water challenges

Low water levels are causing a problem for ships along the Mississippi River.

Faced with hay shortage, Missouri farmers consider lower-quality feeds

Missouri farmers are looking into alternative livestock feeds due to drought and hay shortages.

Drought intensifies in key Midwestern farming states

Nearly all of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are in extreme or exceptional drought, with Illinois showing the most-dramatic climb in those categories.

Coast Guard partially reopens Mississippi River

Drought conditions have led to low waters in the Mississippi River, causing problems for boats traveling on the river.

Corps: Low Mississippi River levels to persist into fall

The water levels in the Mississippi River are expected to remain low into October, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The water levels have affected shipping traffic and forced harbor closings in many locations, including Missouri.

Coast Guard closes 11-mile stretch of Mississippi River

Almost 100 vessels are stranded along a stretch of the Mississippi River due to low water levels caused by extreme drought.