05 Jul '12, 4pm

13 states are currently experiencing temps over 100 degrees: Today's crazy-weather update is so hot.

13 states are currently experiencing temps over 100 degrees: Today's crazy-weather update is so hot.

Already, some farmers in Illinois and Missouri have given up on parched and stunted fields, mowing them over. National experts say parts of five corn-growing states, including Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions. And in at least nine states, conditions in one-fifth to one-half of cornfields have been deemed poor or very poor, federal authorities reported this week, a notable shift from the high expectations of just a month ago. Crop insurance agents and agricultural economists are watching closely, a few comparing the situation with the devastating drought of 1988, when corn yields shriveled significantly, while some farmers have begun alluding, unhappily, to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Full article: http://grist.org/news/hows-the-weather-america-july-5-201...

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