UNDATED -- Sweltering temps and a lack of rain are leaving many states' corn crops withering away. Farms in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri are part of nine states where up to half of the corn fields are rated as poor or very poor.

University of Minnesota Extension Educator Dan Martens says here in Minnesota we have a wide variety of corn crop conditions.He says spring rains replenished the soil moisture in some of our more loamy soils.  But, he also says some of the more sandy soils are either requiring irrigation or are drying out crops.

Martens is unsure if the drought-like conditions in other states will bring a better price for Minnesota corn. But, he says all they can do is hope for timely rains and continued sunshine to bring the best yield possible this harvest season.