Despite the beautiful spring weather it could be a challenging year for the state’s farm sector.  During the early part of the growing season rains passed through mid-Missouri on reasonably consistent basis.  University of Missouri Climatologist Pat Guinan says that’s something that’s changed over the past month…

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May is typically the wettest month in the Show Me state with around 5 inches of rain in a normal year.  Right now, in the third week of May, the statewide average is around 1-and-a-half inches.

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Crops through some parts of the state are showing signs of stress..

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Guinan says the majority of the state can expect above normal temperatures through the holiday weekend though there are indications northern areas could experience some cooler temps and rainfall.  Into next week he says there appears pattern change could occur for most of Missouri.