The governor is asking that brief grazing be allowed on soil and water livestock exclusion areas.
The heat brought an expected benefit for peppers and other crops: Their flavors became unusually concentrated, producing some of the most potent-tasting produce in years.
Matt Barnhart, manager of the private utility, said it's a precautionary measure in case the water is needed in the future.
A new survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Western states because of drought conditions.
The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska rates Missouri's fire risk as the highest in the nation.
Treasurer Clint Zweifel said he is offering emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a request to designate all Missouri counties as disaster areas due to the drought.
The University of Missouri Extension has a guide for using social media to respond to disasters.
Lawn care companies have to diversify to stay alive in the drought.
Across the state, experts say wildlife is being adversely affected by the heightened temperatures and dry conditions.
Water is key in helping plants survive the Midwest's drought conditions, even for evergreens.
Continued hot and dry weather could mean big trouble for mid-Missouri's corn and soybean crops
Extremely dry conditions in Missouri have caused a slope in production for crops such as hay, corn and soybeans. The drought affecting these money-making crops has also put considerable stress on farmers.
Gov. Jay Nixon says the heat and drought likely will cause crop yields to decline and put livestock under stress.
Drought conditions persist for Missouri despite recent rainfall. Below-average precipitation is forecast through June 30.