Drought impacts produce prices
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. -- This summer's dry spell is affecting produce shoppers in the Chicago area.
Kayla Smith sells herbs from her parents' farm and she says the drought is killing their livelihood of herbs.
Since the beginning of June, the price of these herbs and other crops like corn have gone up 38 percent.
But she along with other farmers say the best way to get their produce to thrive in the is weather is just constantly water them.
"It is really hurting a lot of the herbs cilantro and dill. They are having a really hard time and even some of the basil is just so dry and you can't even water it enough," Smith said.
The reason why corn prices are so crucial to the entire economy is because corn is used to feed livestock. And that may drive meat prices up.