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Drought grips the Heartland

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The corn is in a critical stage right now. The corn is in a critical stage right now.
It's not lost yet but if the recent drought continues growers may be in trouble. It's not lost yet but if the recent drought continues growers may be in trouble.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

This dry stretch couldn't have come at a worse time.

Farmers all around the area have been hoping for rain to save their crops, but Mother Nature is not helping out.

The corn is in a critical stage right now. It's not lost yet but if the recent drought continues growers may be in trouble.

"I been farming for little over 40 years now and this is not the first time it's been dry," said Kenneth Westrich, a farmer.

Kenneth Westrich knows a thing or two about farming corn. He considers himself lucky because he hasn't lost his crop yet. But without rain, he may be in trouble.

"The bottom leaves will start to turn brown like this one has already started. It's called firing," said Westrich. "It will die from the bottom up."

And that could affect the price Westrick gets for his corn, according to farm business expert David Reinbott.

"Well price wise it could be very bullish if it stays dry," said Reinbott.

And for Westrick that actually means more than the $6 a bushel he gets now.

"I'd say that the sky is the limit. It could easily be $8. But it won't matter if you don't have anything to sell," Westrick said.

If doesn't get the moisture it needs soon, you will start notice more half ears and smaller kernels in the corn.

Experts expect the price of corn to fluctuate 50 cents higher and lower depending on Mother Nature.

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