A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has leveled off last week after worsening during the two previous weeks.
The harvest advanced from 80 to 87 percent, as farmers switched to soybeans or were kept out of the fields by rain.
“We are beneficiaries of the investments that have been made decades ago,” says Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek.
In a House Agriculture Policy Committee meeting, Missouri farmers addressed their grievances toward the recent drought.
The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas. Farmers have watched their corn wither and their cattle go hungry. Homeowners have seen their lawns turn brown and gardens wilt. Communities in the Midwest that rarely experience water shortages have enacted restrictions, and businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat as sales fall off. Here are a few of their stories:
Brad Schwab, with the Illinois field office of the USDA says the results are, as you can expect, terrible.
Almost a third of the nation’s corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.
Ag officials warn cattle grazing on some drought-stressed plants are at risk of falling ill or even dying.
Much of the corn crop could be past the point of no return, says Mark Schleusener with the USDA..
Monsanto says its fiscal third-quarter net income soared 35 percent.