Drought Hurting Crops

Farmers battle conditions reminiscent of the 1930s Dust Bowl.
3:00 | 08/03/12

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half a century. After another week of intense heat and little rain, 2/3 of the country suffering a punishing draft. Tonight "world news" is taking you out to the farm to hear from those who have been hit hardest, showing us first hand what they're up against. Reporter: Punished by drought. These are the pictures and the people, battling some of the worst drought conditions since THE '30s DUST BOWL. I'm john kiefner. I live in manhattan, illinois and grow corn and soybeans on my farm. Reporter: Kiefner showed us the damage already done. This is what healthy corn looks like. But e finding it look like this. Reporter: Notice could see its worst drought on record and it's not alone. Half of america's corn crop is now rated poor quality. Since corn is used to feed live stock, that's driving up those costs too. I'm jan huber from creston, illinois, and I raise hogs. Reporter: As the price of feed goes up, animals cost more to take care of. From this point forward, there's no profitability in the big business. They're going to have to down size or liquidate because profits will be so short. Reporter: Hogs, on average, used to cost $160 to bring to market. Now it's $185, and that means bacon will be more expensive. The same will happen with other live stock. Prices for chicken and milk will soar. Overall food prices are expected to surge 4.5% over the coming year. I'm daryl obermeyer, a farmer in nemaha county, nebraska. Reporter: A proud nebraskan farmer who has to buy expensive feed to keep his cows alive. And arkansas rancher jim tapley took even more drastic measures. Moving hhole herd -- hundreds of cows -- 75 miles away to greener pastures. One of the cities in extreme drought, oklahoma city. They tied their all-time record high. That's right, the hottest temperature ever, 113. Something they haven't done since 1936, the douft bowl. Ginger, very hot and warm city. While we have you. You told us about ernesto last time. Where is it tonight? It's tracking south of jamaica, should become a Eyes on the yucatan peninsula. We'll be tracking on both gma and drought world news this weekend. Ginger, thank you. One more note on the weather here.

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