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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.

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Front Section, Pages 4 on 07/16/2012

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