Pivotal Week Ahead

What happens during the next week could determine whether many area farmers harvest a good crop or merely an OK one.

Generalizing is always risky, but many Upper Midwest corn and soybean fields are running short of moisture. A nice shot of rain would change that, and give still-good-looking crops a big boost at a key time.

Because crop prices have plunged, farmers generally will need better-than-average yields to turn a profit. To achieve such yields, fields need rain. And soon.