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How Crops Survived Drought, Deluge and the Hottest Summer on Record
Scorching temperatures and drought conditions followed by deluges of rain have made for an unusually volatile growing season for U.S. farmers.
July was the hottest month on record, surpassing the global monthly average temperature record set in July 2019. The July heat followed the hottest June on record. This summer's blasts of heat in many key crop-growing regions in the Midwest have accompanied drought in places like Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Minnesota, threatening crops and parching pastures used for grazing.
A more turbulent growing season for...