Rain eases drought as Midwest corn harvest unfolds

Published: September 14, 2012
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Rain is too late for corn

Recent rainfall came too late to help the nation's corn crop being harvested in many parts, but it kept drought conditions from worsening in several Midwest and Plains states and should help crops still maturing.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly map, released Thursday, showed the area of Nebraska deemed to be in extreme or exceptional drought — the most severe — held steady in the seven days ending Tuesday, at 97.4 percent. Kansas remained unchanged (88.34 percent), and Illinois had little change (6.67 percent).

With the U.S. having its worst drought in decades, corn and soybean prices have soared this summer. Major corn users — livestock farmers, the ethanol industry and nations importing it — will have to negotiate their use level, a sort of market rationing.

Associated Press

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