Weather | The effects of this summer's drought will have a ripple effect throughout the Midwest
by Dave Bell
Posted 8/28/12, 08:36 pm
VANDALIA, Ill.-After watching his once-promising corn crop wither away during the blast-furnace heat wave that gripped the Midwest during June and July, Dan Laack recently fired up his John Deere combine and headed to his fields in south-central Illinois.
The early planted corn was mature, and he was anxious to see if the actual yields were as bad as the experts had predicted. They were. And worse.