Q&A: Farmers, shippers wary of winter's fallout

A farm is seen through blowing snow in Pierce Township in Illinois' DeKalb County on Jan. 6, after a storm dumped up to 15 inches of snow in some parts of Illinois. While the unfolding winter has appeared unforgiving to many in the nation's midsection, weather experts say the next couple of months will dictate what kind of legacy the season actually leaves for the all-important businesses of shipping and farming. A fast melt-off of northern snowpack could funnel that water into rivers, swelling them enough to squeeze barge traffic. Lingering or prolonged snow could delay spring planting.

While snowfall totals for the Corn Belt are so far in the below-normal to typical range, the potential for late-season precipitation could mean problems for farmers and shippers.


Missouri baseball takes third game of weekend series

Missouri baseball captures two out of three games in its opening series against Chicago State.


THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Michael Sam's announcement prompts reactions across sports community

The former Missouri defensive end and potential NFL player said he felt the time was right to address publicly that he is gay.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Battle students enjoy a dance, MU turns 175

This week a message in the snow, Battle High students celebrating their first Courtwarming, and MU's birthday caught the attention of Missourian photographers

PHOTO GALLERY: Olympic athletes go airborne

A collection of images featuring athletes airborne during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Plan to revamp city bus routes approaches finish line

Through meetings, surveys and media coverage, Columbia Transit has received feedback from more than 700 people. Final community input will be received at a public hearing Monday.

Kansas City Catholics among those seeking Finn sanctions

Roman Catholics in Kansas City have joined a formal request to Pope Francis calling for him to discipline Bishop Robert Finn. Finn, the head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was convicted in 2012 of failing to report a priest involved in child pornography.

Dominant first half leads Missouri women's basketball to win at Auburn

Led by a dominant first-half performance, the Missouri women's basketball team coasted to a 68-58 victory at Auburn. The win breaks a three game losing skid for the Tigers and qualifies the team for postseason play.

Missouri softball suffers first loss of season

A 2-1 loss to Baylor prevented the Tigers from having a perfect weekend at the Getterman Classic.

No. 10 Missouri racks up ninth win of season over Old Dominion on Senior Night

The three final Tigers finished the afternoon off strong with victories, giving Missouri a 21-9 victory. It was also Smith's 200th career victory in his 17-year college coaching career.


Early Missouri governor's race represents new political norm

Republican Catherine Hanaway and Democrat Chris Koster are building gubernatorial campaigns while other republicans are reported to be interested in making a 2016 run.


Missouri criminal code bill headed to Senate floor

The Missouri Senate is set to begin debate on an overhaul of the state's criminal laws that supporters say is necessary because the current justice system is too confusing and has too many crimes.

Gay marriage foes scrambling after court setbacks

In conservative states across the country, opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses to a rash of court rulings that would force states to accept gay nuptials.