Portraits of drought: Corn growers hit hardest

Outlet: USA Today

September 18, 2012

LAWRENCEVILLE, ILL. — Dennis Green stands in a 20-acre cornfield and shakes his head at the devastation he sees. The corn stalks are no more than 3 feet tall. Most never produced ears at all. The husks are dry and empty. The few ears that did grow have just a few kernels on them. Crop insurance adjusters declared the field a total loss.