Fertile soil holds up well against the elements, while weather extremes, drought and heat waves are putting farmers at risk.
But that’s not the case for the U.S. corn crop.
The country’s corn farmers are suffering from a combination of factors, said Mike McFarland, the head of the state corn association.
A combination of natural and man-made factors are making corn plants vulnerable to frost damage, McFarlands’ group said in a statement Monday.
That means farmers are not only losing corn in the spring, but also getting sick and losing productivity.
In the fall, the U,S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that corn yields in some areas had fallen by as much as 9 percent.
“This is a significant challenge for the corn industry in the U to have this happen in a very short period of time,” McFarlanders group said.
But McFariles group is hopeful the USDA will fix the problem.
“The USDA and the corn board are working on a solution that will help the industry,” McFarlane said.
“They are trying to do this in the best interest of farmers.”
The USDA also said it is in the process of working with industry to address a growing shortage of corn seeds.
The agency said it was “committed to the development of a solution to the shortage of seeds and is working to ensure that all the required supplies are in place.”
The U.K. government said it would begin purchasing some of the more than 1 million tons of corn that the USDA has said are needed to meet the demand for the crop.
It also said its Agriculture Secretary, Hugh Robertson, was working to help corn farmers to secure more supplies from the United States.
The USDA said it has more than 300,000 tons of new corn planted and more than $2 billion in corn reserves.
Robertson said last week that the agency expects the new corn to be ready for harvest by early next year.
McFarland said the situation for farmers is worsening.
We are losing the crop, we are losing our confidence,” he said.”
The drought is not over, but the harvest is.