The Latest on the Midwest Corn Disaster 2012

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
July 19, 2012; 9:01 PM ET
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Since early June, the Midwest and parts of the northern and central Plains have faced a devastating drought. The lack of substantial rainfall has had severe effects on corn production and has resulted in desertlike conditions for some areas. Paired with the recent heat wave, the situation has become a disaster for corn growers and has significantly driven down yields in the United States for 2012.

Watching Building Drought in Corn Belt - June 8, 2012

Some parts of the nation are better off than others when compared to a week ago, in terms of dryness and drought. However, some areas, including part of the corn belt, have gotten worse.

Georgia, Florida Drought Improves, Corn Belt Drier - June 15, 2012

Waves of downpours have greatly eased the drought in portions of northern Florida and southern Georgia in recent weeks, while dry conditions have gotten worse in parts of the corn belt.

Corn Crisis Possible from Building Drought, Heat - June 28, 2012

Building drought and waves of heat continue to raise concerns about the corn crop and other agriculture in the Midwest to the central Plains.

Corn Belt Disaster in Wake of Record Heat Wave - July 10, 2012

Even though the recent heat wave has ended, weeks of drought and days of 100-degree temperatures have already taken a toll on this year's corn crop in a large part of the Midwestern United States.

Midwest Corn Belt Disaster Spreading - July 13, 2012

Heat and drought threaten to take their toll on the northern part of the corn belt in the coming weeks.

Homegrown Midwest Heat Taking Toll on Corn - July 13, 2012

While many areas in the eastern half of the nation are getting relief from heat, the landscape around the Midwest is behaving like a desert.

Midwest Corn Crop Hinges on Next 30 days - July 16, 2012

The heat and accompanying drought continue to seriously impact the Midwest as the "corn crop disaster" continues to unfold.

Corn Yield Likely to be Lower Than USDA Projections - July 16, 2012

The ongoing drought and Corn Belt disaster is likely to drive down yields further in the United States for 2012.

Corn Disaster: Rain Coming, But Not Enough - July 17, 2012

Spotty downpours will grace northern and eastern areas of the corn belt into August, but not enough rain will fall on a large part of the corn belt, leading to a disaster.

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