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It's hot. High temperatures and a lack of rain have brought about the country's widest-ranging drought since the 1950s. The entire state of Missouri has been declared a federal disaster area, along with 82 counties in Kansas. Crops are struggling to survive, and so are cattle farmers who can't feed their livestock.

Most Midwest Farmers Still Dealing With Drought

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Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., one of the country’s largest agriculture trade shows. It’s a fitting reminder of a rough year for farmers.

Hot weather is no surprise during the late-August exhibition of all things farming. But the recent dry spell in the Midwest is causing some worries.

Pam Johnson, a Northern Iowa farmer who is president of the National Corn Growers association says that's been the number one concern she's heard from show visitors.

"Is the rest of the growing season going to be favorable with the weather challenges we had this spring?" asks Johnson. "A lot of people are facing drought now, so, I think that is the main thing."

Because of cooler, wetter weather earlier in the year, the show has had to cancel its harvesting demonstrations. Farmers hope they won’t in the same kind of trouble back home.

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