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A central Illinois farmer plants corn seed into the evening in Farmingdale, Ill.
June 12, 2013 In the past three years, Midwestern farmers have seen flooding, then record-setting drought, and now flooding again. "As much as we think we have things cornered and we know what's going to be happening, you just don't know what will happen," a meteorologist says.
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John Honeywell uses a grain drill to plant winter wheat near Orlando, Okla., on Sept. 12, 2012.
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February 22, 2013 The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers may get a record harvest of corn, and a higher supply of soybeans and wheat in 2013. The corn harvest is expected to be up nearly 40 percent over last year's drought-crippled level.
Catfish swim in a tub outside the Osage Catfisheries office.
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January 3, 2013 The year's dry, hot weather forced aquaculturists to spend a lot more to keep their fish healthy and fed. For US catfish farmers, though, already suffering from competition with Asia, the drought has been an especially hard blow.
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Think your prime rib holiday dinner is more pricey this year? You're right. But maybe not for the reason you think.
December 21, 2012 The Great Drought of 2012 dominated headlines this summer, but so far, it has not had a major impact on the prices of food on your holiday table, except the dairy products. That prime rib is more expensive for other reasons.
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October 5, 2012 Researchers recently calculated the theoretical food value of the ethanol in a gas tank. At the heart of the calculation is this: Should we burn so much food as fuel? And how will it impact food prices and the world's poor?
Contractors drive piers into the ground to stabilize a settling home in Manchester, Mo. on Aug. 29, 2012.
September 21, 2012 The growing drought in the U.S. makes soil so dry it's pulling away from house foundations. That leads to cracks and gaps underneath the ground, prompting expensive home repairs to shore up houses.
Farm worker Jesus Francisco Cayetano feeds pigs a slop made from food scraps from casinos near North Las Vegas, Nev. in 2006.
September 6, 2012 Getting local restaurants or food factory to donate food scraps to farmers can be complicated. So most livestock producers buy their feed on the open market, and suffer the higher prices caused by the drought in the Midwest.
A YouTube user who goes by Katzcradul posted this image of a parched gulch on her drought-stricken land in Missouri on the site.
August 31, 2012 Farmers are uploading videos to YouTube that offer an intimate perspective of the unfolding drought. Some say rising food prices are already hurting local businesses in their communities.
The information farmers are getting from Twitter can help them decide how and when to market their grain.
August 24, 2012 Farmers are getting real-time news they can use, and moral support, from other farmers on Twitter. The social networking tool is especially important in this year's severe drought, which is affecting most of the country.
These piglets on the Hardin farm in Danville, Ind., are going to cost more to feed than they will fetch at market.
July 25, 2012 The crops taking the worst hit from the current drought are the ones we feed to animals, like corn. Higher corn prices mean it can cost more to feed pigs and cattle than they will fetch at market, meaning higher meat prices for all.
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Stunted corn grows in a field next to a cattle feed lot in rural Springfield, Omaha, Neb.
July 19, 2012 Livestock and chicken farmers say the government's ethanol policy inflates fuel prices and forces them to compete with fuel companies for corn the fuel companies don't even want. This year, gas companies are required to buy 13 billion gallons of ethanol.
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