Drought afflicts 86 percent of the Midwest, crops wilt

Outlet: Scientific American

July 26, 2012

The most extensive drought in five decades intensified this week across the Midwest and Plains states that produce most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock, a report from climate experts showed on Thursday. And the drought is worsening in the South, which was just recovering from last year’s drought – the worst Texas had seen in a century.