Summer planting season is going well

Summer crop growing season is well underway in Missouri.

Corn and soybeans are the two crops that are most associated with summer in the Show-Me-State. However, area farmers and gardners are also growing fruits such as strawberries and leafy greens like lettuce and spinach.

The biggest benefit for the growing season this summer has been the weather. Local farmers and gardners say the season started out slow, but thanks to recent rain and temperatures, the crops are doing well.

"Our season has gone relatively well. We've got really good crop prospects because of the weather. We've had good moisture lately and we are grateful for that," said Bob Jackson, a La Plata Area Farmer.

Many of those fruits and vegetables can be purchased at local farmer's markets.