For Midwest farmers, this summer was brutal. In McLean County, soybean and corn crops struggled to survive through short, rare rains while dairy cows and livestock endured intense heat. By June, the drought covered more than half the United States.
All counties in Illinois have been designated as "primary disaster areas" due to drought. That's after the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday added counties in northern Illinois.
After months of record-breaking heat and drought, many rural Americans who rely on wells for water are getting an unwelcome surprise when they turn on their faucets: The tap has run dry.