Record heat and severe drought is expected to shrink the Ukraine corn harvest in 2012, despite a 25% increase in plantings.
Very heavy rainfall has developed in Ukraine in August, but it may be too late for corn stressed by intense summer heat.
Corn may be a total loss in some areas of the grain belt because of intense summer heat and drought. Maximum temperatures exceeded 95 F (35C) on seventeen days in July and August. Temperatures of 100 F or higher were observed on six of those days. Kirovograd is a representative weather station in the Ukraine corn belt... subscribers continue to full story...