The Last Resort: Drought is forcing southern corn producers’ hands

The corn crop in the southern U.S. is taking a hit from drought.

The latest Drought Monitor Map shows the majority of Kentucky covered in abnormal to moderately dry conditions. On top of no rain, the state is also experiencing triple-digit temperatures during a peak growing time for the corn crop.

“Some issues here in the U.S. were some of the southern crops being chopped early for silage that was not intended to be planted for silage and again, now we’ve got these hundred-day heat going right into pollination,” according to Chris Swift of Swift Trading Company.

He says that farmers made the decision before last week’s rain, but at this point, the rain would not have made a difference.


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