"In southern Illinois, farmer Jim Unverfehrt steered his pickup beside a corn crop already lost, then hopped out to search for the soybeans he planted six weeks earlier."
"He paced in disbelief.
'I know they’re here somewhere,' he said, before finally finding a few withered sprouts, fragile as cobwebs."
Rick Montgomery reports for the Kansas City Star August 8, 2012, in part of a multipart feature package based on a tour of the drought-stricken Midwest.
Chasing the Drought Series Portal
"Drought Forces Reductions in U.S. Crop Forecasts" (New York Times)
"Drought Could Emerge as Sleeper Issue in Presidential Race" (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Oil Companies Desperately Seek Water Amid Kansas Drought" (CNN)
"Obama Address Cites Heat Record, Steers Clear of Climate" (The Hill)
"Summer’s Record Heat, Drought Point To Longer-Term Climate Issues" (Washington Post)
"Return of the Dust Bowl" (Independent)
"Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S." (The Two-Way/NPR)
Analysis: "The Long, Dry History of the West" (New York Times)
"In Texas, Water May Be Free, But It's Not Forever" (Marketplace/American Public Media)
"Drought Taps Out Some Water Wells Around St. Louis" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)