Hurting Farmers July 18, 2012 : 5:05 PM

Farmers in the Midwest are feeling the effects of the climate crisis:

“All of Iowa is now considered as "abnormally dry," compared to none of the state a year ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported on Thursday.”

“About 13 percent of the state is now in severe drought, with the worst-hit areas in the east-central section and southeastern corner of the state. The entire eastern half of Iowa is in at least moderate drought.”

“Drought in the Midwest worsened over the past week, with a third of the nine-state region in severe to exceptional drought in the weekended July 10, up from about a quarter of the region a week earlier, the Drought Monitor said.”

“The toll that the drought is taking on the U.S. corn crop is so severe in some areas of the Midwest that farmers are writing off whole fields, or fear they will soon have to.”

Source: Reuters