Weather Threatens Crops in NW Missouri

Published 06/17 2014 05:26PM

Updated 06/17 2014 10:59PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Planting season is underway and for farmers the weather can make or break their harvest. 

Over the past few years, the weather in northwest Missouri has made it almost difficult for farmers including Steve Blazer.

"The last two years were pretty bad years. It hurt us and the yields were pretty low here," said Blaze of Blazer Farms.

Blazer is aware that it's a risky business but takes his chances. He says for the first time in a while, all of his crops appear to be doing okay.

Although the corn appears to be growing pretty fast at Blazers Farm, he says all of that depends on the weather.

"Last year, it started out fairly good but we missed the timely rains and later in the season it didn't turn out very well," added Blazer.

Larry Werthmuller, a master gardener for Missouri Western Extension says in the past two weeks we've gotten about six inches of rain. Though it's not normal for this time of year, he says too much rain can ruin crops.

"That creates some problems with root penetration and growth so roots may not be going down as deep as they want to go," said Werthmuller.

Werthmuller says what most farmers count on in agriculture is past history.  Since weather is unpredictable he says farmers should be prepared for the worst.

"Get what you get and make it work. We can't call for an inch of rain every week and so that's just the way it works," added Werthmuller.

Blazer says regardless of what happens with the weather, he plans to continue farming. It's also his way of giving back.

"We created Blazer Farms trying to sell it locally. It is good to work in the community and we have the product in some of the stores in town," added Blazer.

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