The 2012 drought has many growers throughout the Midwest very concerned about its effects on corn and soybean crops. Farm Industry News brings you a compilation of our most recent drought coverage. Stay tuned as we continue to bring you more drought stories and resources throughout the coming weeks.
2. Illinois Drought Resources website
Article: <a href="../../crop-protection/illinois-drought-resources-website-goes-live">Illinois Drought Resources website goes live</a></p>
The University of Illinois brings growers an online resource for those with concerns about the drought.
3. Nutrient deficiency
Article: <a href="../../fertilizer/2012-drought-nutrient-deficiency-problems-created">Nutrient deficiency problems created due to drought</a></p>
As the drought spreads throughout the Midwest, rainfall may be the only solution to mending nutrient deficiency problems in crops.
4. Crops near the breaking point
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Photojournalist Harlen Persinger documents the effects of the drought on his farm in Iowa.
5. Critical stages
Article: <a href="../../seed/2012-drought-illinois-corn-soybeans-critical-stages">Illinois corn, soybeans at critical stages</a></p>
Only 19% of the corn crop and 20% of the soybean crop were rated good to excellent as of July 12.
6. Minnesota corn suffers
Article: <a href="../../corn-hybrids/minnesota-s-corn-crop-suffers-under-hot-dry-weather-conditions">Minnesota’s corn crop suffers under hot, dry weather conditions</a></p>
Just as tassels became visible in early July, the Minnesota corn crop suffered through a long period of hot, dry weather.
7. Blistering temperatures
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../crop-protection/blistering-temperatures-support-higher-corn-prices">Blistering temperatures support higher corn prices</a></p>
The price of corn continues to rise as the drought continues and crop yields are expected to suffer.
8. Soybean prices
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../crop-protection/soybeans-close-near-high-season-due-dry-weather">Soybeans close near high of season due to dry weather</a></p>
Soybean prices are also affected by the 2012 drought.
9. Crop insurance
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../business/crop-insurance-2012-large-payments-increasingly-likely-due-hot-weather">Crop insurance in 2012: large payments increasingly likely due to hot weather</a></p>
Crop insurance is proving to be extremely important with the adverse weather this growing season.
10. Drought of '88
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../crop-protection/indiana-drought-worst-crop-conditions-1988">Indiana drought worst on crop conditions since 1988</a></p>
Some are predicting that the 2012 drought could be comparable or worse than the 1988 drought.
11. Corn in Illinois
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../crop-protection/stress-corn-pollination">Stress on corn at pollination</a></p>
Read an overview of the condition of corn in Illinois in early July.
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../business/drought-widens-and-strengthens-grip-indiana">Drought widens and strengthens grip on Indiana</a></p>
In late June, the drought started adversely affecting crops throughout Indiana.
13. Insect problems
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../insecticides/spider-mites-begin-inhabit-drought-stressed-soybean-fields">Spider mites begin to inhabit drought-stressed soybean fields</a></p>
The drought has created an environment ideal for harmful insects.
14. Tolerance of corn to drought
<strong>Article:</strong><a href="../../corn-hybrids/recent-observations-tolerance-corn-yield-drought-conditions">Recent observations on the tolerance of corn yield to drought conditions</a></p>
Three recent observations are provided to help answer questions about corn and its tolerance to drought.