Drought lingers: Dry conditions drive down crop yields


Farmer Larry Claycamp of Seymour, left, and Jackson and Jennings Co-Op Cortland mill manager Barry Stuckwisch also of Seymour wait while corn drains into the mill to be fed into the silos in Cortland. ''I think lots of farmers will tell you they only got about half their normal yield this year,'' Stuckwisch said. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER

Corn flows into the Jackson and Jennings County Co-Op Mill in Cortland's inner workings Friday. Recent weather postponed harvest for many farmers until the ground dries. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER

The nation’s most severe drought in decades slightly worsened this week with the Midwest corn harvest in full swing.

In Jackson County, the harvest sputtered a few days this week because of rain that area farmers say would have been more appreciated this summer.

The U.S. Drought Monitor’s new map posted Thursday shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous United States experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday, up from 64.8 percent a week earlier.

All of Jackson County remained under severe drought conditions, according to the map, although the area has seen rainfall several days this week.

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