TRAER, Iowa, July 26 (Reuters) – Corn yield prospects in
central and east-central Iowa were highly variable as drought
and periods of extreme heat this summer diminished production
potential, scouts on a crop tour said Thursday.
Plants were tall and mostly green, although leaves on some
plants were turning brown as the worst U.S. Midwest drought in
five decades expanded from harder hit states such as Illinois
and Indiana, scouts on the MDA EarthSat July Crop Tour observed.
CORALVILLE, Illinois (Reuters) – The corn crop in central and western Illinois showed lower yield potential than last year as the worst U.S. drought in decades eroded grain production in the country’s second largest corn growing state, scouts on a crop tour reported on Wednesday.
Corn in the typically high production areas of the state was under clear stress from temperatures that reached the triple-digits Fahrenheit at midweek, with leaves on many plants dried and brittle.
, July 25 (Reuters) – The corn crop in two
counties in central Illinois showed yield potential better than
last year despite the worst drought in decades in the U.S.
Midwest, scouts on a crop tour reported on Wednesday.
It was the first time since the tour began in Ohio on Monday
that scouts had come across fields where the yields were above
those of a year ago.
, July 24 (Reuters) – On the western edge of
Indiana, the Putnam County corn crop shows the effects of the
worst U.S. drought in 56 years — the plants failed to form ears
and will likely go unharvested, the second day of a U.S. Midwest
crop tour found on Tuesday.
The area has so far received none to just a quarter of its
normal annual rainfall. Because of the heat and dry conditions,
plants are stunted at around 3 feet, leaves are curled and brown
at the edges and stalks are brown at the bottom.
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Grain prices pushed to record highs on Thursday as scattered rains in Midwest did little to douse fears that the worst drought in half a century will end soon or relieve worries around the world about higher food prices.
Government forecasters did not rule out that the drought in the U.S. heartland could last past October, continuing what has been the hottest half-year on record.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Indiana farmer Brian Scott saw on Thursday the heaviest rains of the year soak his 2,300-acre farm in the throes of the worst drought in five decades, but they were a mixed blessing at best.
The downpour came too late for his corn crop, which was already past the critical stage of setting yields. His soybeans, though, could get better and set more pods.
By Karl Plume
(Reuters) – The most expansive U.S. drought in more than a half century grew more dire in the farming states of the Midwest and High Plains this week, wilting corn and soybean crops and sapping already-damaged yield potential, climate experts said Thursday.
More than 70 percent of the nine-state Midwest was in some stage of drought in the week ended July 17, up from 63 percent the prior week, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly report on drought throughout the country compiled by climate experts.
By Karl Plume
(Reuters) – More than 1,100 farmers in Nebraska have been ordered by the state’s Department of Natural Resources to halt irrigation of their crops because the rivers from which they draw water have dropped due to a worsening drought.
The orders come as the central United States bakes under the worst drought in a quarter century which has parched corn and soybean crops and sent prices of both commodities to near-record highs.
July 12 (Reuters) – The worst drought in a quarter century
tightened its grip on the Midwestern United States over the past
week as sweltering temperatures and scant rainfall punished corn
and soybean crops across the region, a report from climate
experts said Thursday.
Nearly two-thirds of the nine-state Midwest region was in
some stage of drought in the week ended July 10, up from just
over 50 percent a week earlier, according to the Drought
Monitor, a weekly report on drought throughout the country
compiled by U.S. climate experts.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. corn futures surged to a 9-1/2 month peak on Monday as a worsening drought in the U.S. Midwest severely stressed crops as they pollinated, a critical stage of development which, if inhibited, can result in sharply reduced yields.
Soybeans climbed to their highest point in nearly four years on a continuous chart, propelled by strong export demand and the stressful U.S. weather, but prices slipped from earlier highs amid very thin trade as revised midday forecasts suggested slightly wetter weather.