Severe Drought Threatens Midwest Corn Crops

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Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 16, 2012... News PhotoAgriculture,Damaged,Dry,Emergencies and Disasters,Farm,Field,Finance,Horizontal,Illinois,Outdoors,Rural Scene,USA,WeatherPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesSHAWNEETOWN, IL - JULY 16: Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 16, 2012 near Shawneetown, Illinois. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture 48 percent of the state's corn crop is currently in poor to very poor condition. Illinois is the second largest producer of corn in the United States behind Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)