CHICAGO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Mexico raided the U.S. corn
market by making the biggest one-day purchase in over two
decades this week, the first clear sign of global anxiety over
the decimated U.S. crop.
Mexico, the No 2 importer of U.S. corn after Japan, bought
1.516 million tonnes, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on
Thursday, a move traders said could touch off a frenzy of buying
by other countries who have been caught flatfooted by the worst
U.S. drought in 56 years.
Aug 2 (Reuters) – The Mississippi River was closed to
traffic at two locations on Thursday as barge tows ran aground
near Greenville, Arkansas, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, due to low
water amid the worst U.S. drought in 56 years, private and
government sources said.
It was unclear when the key shipping waterway might be
reopened to commercial traffic, they said.
Aug 2 (Reuters) – The worst U.S. drought in 56 years
intensified over the past week as above-normal temperatures and
scant rainfall parched corn and soybean crops across the Midwest
and central Plains, a report from climate experts said on
The drought became more severe in the southern United States
as well, just a year removed from a record-breaking dry spell
that ruined crops and wilted grazing pastures across Texas and
Oklahoma enough to force an unprecedented northward migration of
By Karl Plume
(Reuters) – The worst U.S. drought in 55 years intensified over the past week as above-normal temperatures and scant rainfall parched corn and soybean crops across the Midwest and central Plains, a report from climate experts said on Thursday.
Nearly two-thirds of the contiguous United States was under some level of drought as of July 31, more than a fifth of it classified as extreme drought or worse, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly report compiled by U.S. climate experts.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The midday weather model suggested a slightly wetter pattern for the U.S. Midwest where corn and soybean crops have withered under an extensive drought, but rainfall will be only scattered and light, agricultural meteorologists forecast Tuesday.
“There’s going to be rain, but it’s just not going to be heavy enough to dramatically improve the situation in very many areas. There’s no general soaking over the next two weeks,” said Andy Karst of World Weather Inc.
OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) – The most extensive drought in five decades has left corn plants withered and dying, and crop yields in the largest producing states will be much lower than experts have forecast, scouts said on Friday as they completed a U.S. Midwest crop tour.
The MDA EarthSat crop tour estimated a corn yield of a 118 bushels per acre after surveying 49 fields in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. That was sharply lower than a U.S. Agriculture Department estimate earlier this month of a yield of 146 bpa and a Reuters poll this week of 130.8 bpa.
CHICAGO/SCRANTON, Iowa, July 27 (Reuters) – Temperatures
heading north of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and scarce rain
portended another blistering weekend for much of the U.S.
Midwest, where the most extensive drought since 1956 is
devastating crops, evaporating rivers, and threatening to push
world food prices higher.
Violent storms brought rain to the extreme eastern portions
of the U.S. corn belt in Ohio on Thursday night, but moisture
was sparse further west.
SCRANTON, Iowa, July 27 (Reuters) – Corn yield potential
appears highly variable in west-central Iowa, mirroring the ups
and downs of production prospects in the central and eastern
areas of the No. 1 corn and soy growing state, scouts on a U.S.
Midwest crop tour said Friday.
Some plants suffering under the worst drought in 56 years
were withered and dying, standing only 4 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5
m)tall with thin stalks and small ears.
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.