(Advertisement)

Heat withers Illinois corn crop

Governor to tour drought-hit area, lay out farm-relief options

Posted: July 16, 2012 at 4:37 a.m.

The sun rises Sunday over a corn field in Pleasant Plains, Ill. Corn stalks are struggling in the heat and continuing drought that has overcome most of the country.

The sun rises Sunday over a corn field in Pleasant Plains, Ill. Corn stalks are struggling in the heat and continuing drought that has overcome most of the country.

With a half century of farming under his belt, James Laird struggles to recall a summer worse than this one — the drought has turned the corn crop he once had high hopes for into a complete, kernel-less bust. Soon, he’ll be chopping it all to pieces and feeding it to his 150 head of cattle.

This story is only available from our archives.

Front Section, Pages 4 on 07/16/2012

(Advertisement)



« Previous Story

U.S. misses shipping-box-scan deadline

The Obama administration has failed to meet a legal deadline for scanning all shipping containers for radioactive material before they reach the United States, a requiremen... Read »

Next Story »

Ford recalls 2013 Escape vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 8,266 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs in the U.S. to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking. Read »