Drought puts Lake Co. corn, soybean crops at risk

July 18, 2012 (GRAYSLAKE, Ill.)

This is the largest drought in the U.S. since the 1950s, and it is putting livelihoods on the line.

Economists say expect to see higher prices when you shop, but no one is feeling the impact of the drought more than the farmers themselves.

The weather is killing crops across the country, but farmers in Lake County, Illinois are getting hit especially hard. Lake County has not seen significant rainfall in weeks, and are looking at a 50 percent crop loss of corn and soybeans. That number is expected to increase.

The full effect on prices at grocery stores remains to be seen.

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