Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2012 file, drought-damaged corn is seen in a field near Nickerson, Neb. According to the latest drought report released Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, nearly all of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are in extreme or exceptional drought, with Illinois showing the most-dramatic climb in those categories, spiking 17 percentage points in one week, to 96.72 percent, according to the map.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

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