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2012 drought: Pick your poison

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  • Teresa Binstock
    http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2012/10/drought-toxins The drought that has kept much of the nation in its grip this summer brings a host of
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      The drought that has kept much of the nation in its grip this summer
      brings a host of additional downstream worries for growers already
      struggling with reduced yields.

      Cattle are being poisoned by cyanide-laced weeds in Arkansas. Across the
      Midwest water-soluble fertilizers are concentrating in soils and plants,
      making them harmful rather than productive. And in Missouri, samples
      suggest that more than half the corn crop isn't fit for human
      consumption, thanks to unusually high levels of a carcinogenic toxin.

      For farmers coping with the worst drought to hit the United States in
      decades, it's another chapter in an unfolding disaster that shows no
      sign of abating.

      And with climate projections showing more frequent summer droughts in
      heavy farming areas, these elevated drought-related poisons add to the
      challenge growers face in a changing climate....










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