U.S. drought crisis

elbert Craig (driving) shows Karis Gutter (on tractor) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other visitors the drought damage to the pasture on his farm July 26, 2012 near Goreville, Illinois. The farm was one of several in Southern Illinois that were visited by Karis and other officials from the USDA. Seventy percent of Illinois, the nation's number two corn producing state, is classified as experiencing some level of drought. Craig raises crops and beef cattle on the farm which he purchased in 1960. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Triple-digit temperatures and weeks without rain withered and destroyed many crops in the Midwest, sending commodity soybean and grain prices soaring in 2012.

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