Like those corn farmers, soybean farmers also stated that this year's weather reminded them of the weather back in 1988. Again, statewide yield loss for that year was only half of the yield loss in 1983 and 1984. The 1988 yield loss ranks 8th among yield losses for the past 50 years. The stressful weather and soybean yield losses in 1988 were located primarily in northwest and eastern Missouri.
For farmers, the drought of 2012 will undoubtedly go down as one to remember. Not only was it weeks without moisture, unrelenting temperatures, but as Wiebold points out a loss in production that surpasses any drought in the last 50 years.
Source: MU Integrated Pest Management