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Drought and excessive heat can push you, your home and the environment beyond normal limits. MU Extension helps you deal with drought and heat and prepare for wildfires.

June 2012 Weather and Its Impacts on Missouri

One of the worst droughts in nearly 25 years was impacting Missouri by the end of June and agricultural crops were feeling the stress from lack of rain and sweltering temperatures. Read more

Heat, drought put Missouri in danger of wildfires

Drought and record-high temperatures have placed parts of Missouri under a fire weather watch, which the National Weather Service issues when forecasters are expecting ideal conditions for extensive wildfires. Read more

You can help prevent wildfires

Find out what you can do to prevent and control wildfires. The Missouri Department of Conservation offers tools and tips to help you protect lives, property and our natural resources. Read more

MU Extension creates Facebook page for drought in Missouri

University of Missouri Extension has created an open community page on Facebook for organizations and individuals to share information related to drought, extreme heat and wildfires in Missouri. Read more

eXtension Wildfire Information Network

Wildfires can start suddenly. Don’t be caught unprepared. eXtension offers ideas on preparing your home and evacuation routes, what to do if you’re trapped, and how to manage when you return home after a fire. Read more

Be prepared with your own disaster supplies kit

When disaster strikes, you are concerned with the safety of yourself and your family. It is not the time to figure out what supplies you need. Plan ahead and create your own disaster supply kit today. Read more

Water your foundation to prevent cracking

In addition to watering your lawn and trees, it’s a good idea to water your home’s foundation, said a University of Missouri housing and environmental specialist. Dry, shifting ground can crack foundations. Read more

Watering your lawn in drought conditions

Are you wondering whether or not you should water your lawn during drought conditions? Find out how you can conserve water and help your lawn in MU Extensions Home Watering Guide. Read more

Drought can bring on nitrate poisoning in farm animals

Nitrate is a normal part of our environment. But drought conditions can cause the nitrogen cycle of plants, water and air to become out of balance. Farm animals eating forage or drinking water with excessive levels of nitrate can be poisoned. Read more



  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently took delivery on a new specialized mobile fire training simulator system. The simulator is designed to provide training in fire scenarios involving vehicles, dumpsters/trash receptacles, liquid spills and gas cylinder fires. The system is incorporated with a trailer to make the training as accessible as possible, as the institute offers 80 percent of its training in the field to meet career and volunteer fire service schedules and needs. The simulator was acquired through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, along with a local funding match from MU Extension.
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  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Editors: With flash flood watches in effect in portions of Missouri this weekend, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to readers:
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When there isn’t enough water on the soil, there’s not enough water in ground wells. And that can cause bacterial problems that require testing, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and rural residents can use simple tips to conserve water in the home during drought, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Monday, December 28, 2015
    Conne Burnham, University of Missouri Extension state emergency management specialist, can answer reporters' questions on disaster readiness, response and recovery at the household, community and state level. Contact Burnham at 573-884-5254 or
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Resources threatened by this year’s drought include ponds that depend on surface runoff for water. Fish are at risk from high water temperatures, oxygen depletion, increased disease potential and other problems as water levels drop in ponds through lack of runoff and evaporation, said Bob Pierce, University of Missouri Extension state fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
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  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    NOVELTY, Mo. – Zac Erwin stood by a drought-stunted field of Sudangrass as he talked to wagon-loads of field day visitors at the MU Greenley Research Center, Aug. 7.
  • Friday, August 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA – Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.
  • Thursday, August 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo – Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.
  • Friday, June 29, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.—Wildfire season in Missouri typically runs from late March to early May, but hot, dry conditions this year puts the state at heightened risk of wildfire into summer and perhaps beyond, says a University of Missouri Extension state forester.
  • Monday, August 29, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year Missouri has seen flooding, severe winter weather and devastating tornadoes. Meanwhile, two earthquakes struck in the U.S. within hours of each other even as a major hurricane moved toward the East Coast.
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  • Monday, June 6, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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