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      Mid-Missouri preparing for drought

      Missouri is bone dry and experts are already talking about a drought. Yards and gardens are in desperate need of rain. The Jefferson City Country Club is fighting back with all the water it can. The lake at the Jefferson City Country Club feeds about a thousand sprinkler heads, but those sprinklers are causing a drain on the lake. "Hopefully we're going to get some rain", Superintendent, Tim Kauffman said. He said he expects dry conditions in July but they've come a month early. "We're putting more water out at night and in the morning than our well is putting into our lake", Kauffman said. Golfers said they like it dry because the balls rolls better, but for grounds employees it means a lot of hand watering, especially on the greens. They've been filling the lake from their well for the past 20 days and if the drought continues, and the lake gets too low, they might have to stop watering fairways Kauffman said, "An irrigation system is just meant to get you from rain to rain. It's not made to substitute for rainâ??. Over at the Runge Nature Center, conservationists are also feeling the dry conditions. They say it can be brutal on native vegetation and wildlife. Biologist, Dennis Figg said, "As the soil dries out, and the soil is extremely dry right now, all of the plants in the plant communities are effected, that means that animals that feed on insects and seeds and things are all going to be impacted". But, the weather outlook isn't all bad. If you use the Farmers Almanac as an indicator of what we can expect, July looks wet.