IOWA: The Wind Came

In the rolling heartland of the U.S., the corn stood brown and brittle in the bright October weather. Farmers tinkered over their mechanical pickers. It was harvest time, and some had started bringing in what early forecasts had predicted would be the second largest corn crop in U.S. history.

But there were already signs that the crop, while large, would not be as big as forecast. In Iowa,the nation's biggest corn producer, the corn borer had done more damage than ever before. A dry summer had also hurt a bit. The Department of...

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