Cracks in the soil display lack of moisture in a corn field along Plank Road in Burlington Wednesday afternoon. The long term forecast indicates ongoing drought or near-drought conditions throughout the summer. June 13, 2012 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

Farmers, gardeners, traders waiting and watching for rain relief

It’s made for glorious grilling and sunbathing weather, but the unusually dry start to June — the second-least rainy on record — has left crops withering in parched fields all across the region, a situation fast approaching the critical stage for anxious farmers. Read the rest at the Chicago Sun-Times…

 

BY STEFANO ESPOSITO, DAVID ROEDER, SUSAN DEMAR  LAFFERTY AND TONY GRAF June 13, 2012

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