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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared all of Missouri a Primary Natural Disaster Area due to losses from drought conditions and record temperatures.
In fact, most counties experienced average temperatures at least three degrees above average, making June one of the "Top 20" warmest Junes in history. With such high temperatures and relatively low humidity, little moisture was absorbed in to the ground, killing pastures, crops, and grass. State climatologist, Pat Guinan, says this is the worst drought since 1988.
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