I suppose most of would consider a lack of air conditioning cruel punishment on a hot day. What about those in prison? In South Dakota, a prisoner says lack of air conditioning amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
Despite some recent rains, about half state of Iowa has been caught in drought this summer. NW and SE have been driest. Threatening farm finances. Farm insurance cover at most 85% of losses.
Condition of entire U.S. corn crop rose in latest week. Generally at this time of summer condition of corn declines in weekly crop progress report. North and South Dakota have worst corn crops.