In this Oct. 2012 photo, Colby Elkins helps a central Illinois farmer unload his harvested corn at a grain elevator in Elkhart, Ill. Despite the U.S. enduring its worst drought in decades, a The U.S. Department of Agriculture report to be issued on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 is expected to show a harvest that's smaller nationally but still surprisingly strong considering the lingering drought. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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In this Oct. 2012 photo, Colby Elkins helps a central Illinois farmer unload his harvested corn at a grain elevator in Elkhart, Ill. Despite the U.S. enduring its worst drought in decades, a The U.S. Department of Agriculture report to be issued on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 is expected to show a harvest that's smaller nationally but still surprisingly strong considering the lingering drought. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
In this Oct. 2012 photo, Colby Elkins helps a central Illinois farmer unload his harvested corn at a grain elevator in Elkhart, Ill. Despite the U.S. enduring its worst drought in decades, a The U.S. Department of Agriculture report to be issued on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 is expected to show a harvest that's smaller nationally but still surprisingly strong considering the lingering drought. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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