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.
USDA reports soybeans have a pretty good chance this year — if it ever rains.
Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.
Brad Schwab, with the Illinois field office of the USDA says the results are, as you can expect, terrible.
It’s the sixth driest year on record in Illinois and much of the state’s corn and soybean crop is suffering.
Food prices will be impacted. Dairy, meat and poultry, all dependent on corn for feeding animals
Much of the corn crop could be past the point of no return, says Mark Schleusener with the USDA..
There are some children in the St. Louis area that their only nutritious meal of the day comes at school, but what happens when school is out.
Despite the lack of rain, Southern Illinois’ corn is the tallest in the state.
Guests for this Saturday include Susan Hoffman of UMSL and the USDA’s Susan Lucik.