August 22, 2012
US corn and soybean prices closed at new record highs Tuesday as a new survey showed worse-than-expected crop damage from a brutal drought across the country’s central breadbasket.
The price of corn jumped 1.7 percent to $8.3875 a bushel, while soybeans finished at $17.3025 a bushel, up 2.8 percent from Tuesday.
That left the corn price up 68 percent from June and soybeans 39 percent higher.
An all-time record hot July accompanied by nearly three months of extreme drought have baked the country’s prime farmland in the midwestern and central states, where the world’s largest corn and soybean crops are grown.