USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab says the damage to the corn was done weeks ago, and even now soybeans probably won’t benefit from rain.
It’s the sixth driest year on record in Illinois and much of the state’s corn and soybean crop is suffering.
Almost a third of the nation’s corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.
Central Illinois crop insurance agent Rustin Godfrey says he’s been on the phone almost constantly with clients.
Much of the corn crop could be past the point of no return, says Mark Schleusener with the USDA..
The latest government report is painting a deteriorating portrait of the Kansas corn crop.
Despite the lack of rain, Southern Illinois’ corn is the tallest in the state.
Higher corn prices have pushed overall food inflation up this year. Corn is an ingredient in everything from animal feed to cereal to soft drinks.