All through the field, the earth is marked by deep cracks. A sign of drought. The corn is stressed, with little to no water in the critical growing weeks and months, the ears are small, the kernels minute.
The green leaves don’t tell the tale. The cracked earth says more about what is going on in these corn fields.
The soybean fields are starting to yellow, a sign of stress for the other major crop for farmers in this region.
The corn stalks don’t usually start turning yellow this early. The plants are doing their best to put out ears of corn, but with no water and brutal sun, there’s not much that can be done to rescue the crops. The earth has about given up all the moisture that it held, shrinking and showing cracks as a result of the depletion of moisture.
We could use some rain, if not to save crops that are beyond rescue, to replenish the soil and underground streams that give hope for next year’s plantings.