Forecasters predicted little relief from the relentless drought that has been plaguing the U.S. Midwest, as farmers continue to prepare for the worst and look to maximize the efficiency of their operations.
For those who have used farm equipment from companies like John Deere, the drought may not be as much of a threat as opposed to farmers who are reliant upon more traditional methods. The Associated Press reported that new advances in machinery and biotechnology are helping people prepare for the worst possible conditions.
"Genetics are much better," David Kellerman, an Illinois farmer, told the news outlet. "Corn five years ago would never have lasted this long."
This could help some midwestern farmers get the most out of their harvest, as the advances allow for some leeway when temperatures get to extreme levels like they have recently.
Reuters reported that a lack of potential rainfall has people more worried than ever, and if a lack of precipitation continues, production forecasts may continue to be cut by farmers and industry analysts.