Corn conditions tank as drought lingers
The condition of corn in the 18 states that produce most of it has deteriorated due to drought.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 30 percent of the crop is considered in poor or very poor condition. A week ago, it was 22 percent. Indiana and Illinois have been particularly hard hit. The USDA said Monday that Indiana’s corn is now 61 percent poor or very poor. In Illinois, 48 percent of the corn is rated as poor or very poor. Corn samples rated good to excellent also are dropping, to 40 percent this week from 48 percent a week ago.