Drought gives corn farmers that sinking feelingby Bill Chameides | September 14th, 2012
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U.S. corn yields (bushels per acre). Heavy red line: Historic yields 2000-2011. Light red dashed line: Projected yield for 2012 as a function of the month in which the projection was made showing the drop in projected yield as the drought has taken hold. Blue line: Area (in millions of acres) planted for 2000-2012.
The year 2012 was supposed to be a record year for corn production in the United States.
Instead we got a record-breaking drought, the worst in decades.
And here’s another projection. According to the National Weather Service, and despite the deluge courtesy of Hurricane Isaac, the drought is predicted to continue through November.filed under: agriculture, drought, faculty, food, Statistically Speaking