Gallery: Midwest States See Lowest Corn Yields in Nearly 30 Years Due t...


The year of 2012 was a particularly difficult one for farmers across the US. Not only was it the hottest  year on record – drought conditions also brought extreme weather that pushed up food costs as yields suffered. Now, according to a recent report from the USDA, we can see just how bad the year was and which states had it the worst. The hardest hit state was Kentucky, with corn yields half of what they were in 2009. Missouri, Indiana and Illinois all had harvests that reached 20-year lows. All told, at least 80 percent of the US was touched by drought – and some experts are predicting that last year’s devastating drought will continue in 2013, putting even more pressure on farmers (and crop insurers).

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