Record snowfall did not end the drought in Kansas and Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Multiple snowstorms this year helped add moisture to the soil, but the snow did not end the drought on either side of the state line, according to Johnson County Extension Agent Rick Miller.

"If we don't get some spring rainfall, then the soil will quickly dry and we'll be right back in a serious drought situation," Miller said.

Missouri is currently listed as a moderate drought condition, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Eastern Kansas is still listed as severe, and becomes extreme in western sections of the state.

"We love the snow, because it slowly soaks into the hound," Miller explained. "But farmers are keeping their fingers crossed, because without rain the crops will struggle to survive."

If crops are not good then consumers will see higher prices for everything from gas, to food and clothing.
 

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