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Yield numbers showing impact of summer drought

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As farmers continue to harvest fields, the reality of the summer drought is hitting the tri-states.

The drought gets the blame for the poor corn crop, but some farmers are hoping their soybean crop can pull through.

"I expected maybe 40 bushel off this field here, and it's maybe half of that if I'm lucky," farmer Kent Prather said.

Wednesday is Prather's third day shelling corn. He says he's seeing different results depending on the type of soil in his fields, but none of the yields are high.

"Its been up and its been down," Prather said. "We've had some better than expected yields, and where we're at now is below any kind of an average."

Dave Blackburn planted corn just a few miles down from Prather and is getting anywhere from 55-100 bushels per acre. Disheartening numbers after months of dedication to his crop.

A few weeks ago, a crop assessor checked out Prather's crop, appraising it at only 12 bushels an acre, but Prather decided to harvest anyway.

"At 12 bushel and you figure corn at $8 a bushel, you're looking right at $100 dollars an acre," Prather said. "You can't really walk away from it just because it's bad."

Not only did the lack of rain hurt this year's corn crop, but the long stretch of extremely hot temperatures, during a significant growth stage. With low yields, farmers have pretty much written off the corn crop for this year, but they are holding out hope for successful been yields.

"I have a lot of high hope for the beans. They'll be alright. They won't be record setting, but I think they'll be pretty good."

The impact of the drought is already expected to linger into next spring's planting. A shortage of seed is expected, which means seed corn companies will have to buy it from South America, likely increasing costs as farmers fill up their planters.

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