The United States Department of Agriculture recently lowered the expected yield of 2012's corn harvest by a further 1.8 billion bushels, meaning the projected corn crop has now dropped by 46.2 million tons. The ailing corn crop won't be helped by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources' order that 1,106 farmers stop irrigating farmland on Friday of last week due to the drought affecting the entire state, reported the DesMoines Register.
Nebraska is the nation's third largest corn producer after Iowa and Illinois. But unlike the other two states in the top three, Nebraska's corn relies heavily on irrigation. Across the country lack of irrigation has led to failing harvests.