INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Some Midwest corn farmers are starting harvests weeks early this year.
They're worried that stormy weather now could cause damage to corn plants already suffering from a dry, hot summer.
Corn specialist Roger Elmore says corn plants can stop growing because of stress from the summer heat.
In Indiana, where parts of the state are in moderate or severe drought, the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture crop report shows that only 38 percent of the state's corn is in good or excellent condition.
In Illinois, crops seem to be faring better, with 72 percent of corn listed in good or excellent condition.
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