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Is Corn the New Gold?

Kansas corn crops have been hit hard by drought. Across much of the corn belt, weather damage will produce lower-than-expected yields, which is sending grain prices even higher. That's good news for corn farmers in Iowa and Nebraska, where better yields are predicted. Harvest Public Media's Kathleen Masterson visited a corn farm near Des Moines. She reports on a crop that investors are treating like the new gold.

For more on this story -- and to find more news about agriculture in the Midwest -- just log on to Harvest Public Media is a special reporting project involving Kansas Public Radio and other stations in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Join the conversation online at

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