Grass grows in a dried-out farm pond near Cuba, Illinois. The pond used to supply water for cattle being raised on the surrounding pasture. The drought in 2012 has forced the farmer to truck in water and extra feed, to supplement the dry grass, from another farm nearly 20 miles away. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Climatologist: Last Year’s Warm Temps, Dry Conditions Brutal For Farmers

Illinois has just lived through the second warmest and tenth driest year on record.

CBS Chicago–01/03/2013

Crops are suffering in Illinois under this summer's dry conditions. (CBS)

State Climatologist: Too Late To Save Corn Crop From Drought

A top climatologist said Thursday the drought plaguing Illinois farms appears to be leveling off, but it’s too late to save the state’s corn crop.