A heat epidemic is sweeping through much of the Midwest, and it’s taking its toll on the crops.  The unusually hot weather the past few days, coupled with record amounts of river water, has meant those in agriculture have had to closely monitor their crops.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade report:

Chelsea Wade

“It’s the worse of two evils,” according to Norborne farmer and Director of the United Soybean Board Todd Gibson.  “We’ve got a flood going on in the bottoms and then there’s almost a drought going on in other places.  It’s just hard to imagine.  The water has fallen about a foot, but then you look around and anyone that has an irrigation unit is running it to water these crops.  We’re having a dry spell and these crops could use some relief from this heat.”

Rob Korff is the Vice President of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and also farms in Norborne.  He said there’s not much they can do at this point.  “You use all of the risk management tools that you can and pray that God gives you what you need.  There are situations around the river in southern Carroll County where guys irrigating the ridges and pumping water off of the bottoms.  It’s just kind of a double-edged sword,” Korff added.

Many Missouri farmers have said they are prepared to put the 2011 season behind them.