Drought Conditions a Concern for Area Farmers

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - Drought conditions across southern Missouri and Illinois could get worse this summer. According to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, the area has already gotten less-than-normal rainfall. 

Summer is still to come.  And, so are several days of dry weather with temperatures of almost or over 90 degrees.  Now, center meteorologists say these conditions could persist - or even get worse - through August.

Chris Eckert, from Eckert`s Orchards, says his farm does not grow soybeans.  Still, he says Illinois and Missouri are in the heart of the soybean belt and could get hit hard by the missing rainfall.  He says soybeans are in almost everything, including the stock market.

'Commodity prices in terms of the price of corn and soybeans on the global commodity markets could spike,' he pointed out.  'And result in higher prices in bread and all other kinds of food groups that you would see inside the grocery store shelf all over the world.'

Eckert says he is concerned about his peach crops.  He says a drought could force a yield of small fruit.  He is also worried about the pumpkin patch.  Those seeds go in the ground this week.

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