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The drought that has consumed the Midwest this summer is covering the widest land expanse since 1956. It has also caused the USDA to drastically reduce its crop forecast, which some say is still too optimistic.The severe weather has caused crop yields to be cut, has caused farmers to sell their cattle as they look to cut costs. This drought could have implications for years to come and cause a massive decline in livestock herds.
We put together some photos of how the drought and extreme heat have impacted life in the Midwest.
Corn plants dead from the drought sit in mud after an inch of rain fell on a field near Wyatt, Missouri
The sun rises over a corn field in rural Springfield, Nebraska. Many farmers have been forced to irrigate their fields around the clock
Corn showing signs of stress. Severe drought causes leaf rolling, blisters, and problems with pollination so there are no kernels on the cob
Migrant workers pick watermelon from an irrigated fields in a drought-stricken region of Indiana. The state is one of the largest producers of watermelon
Dead long-nose fish and catfish lie on a sand bar at the Platte River near the Louisville state recreation area in Nebraska
A cow finds shade under a tree in a drought stricken field as temperatures surge over 100 degrees in Kentucky
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