SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The relentless drought that has plagued the Midwest this summer has devastated the corn crops of Illinois and Missouri, leaving the future of the region's soybean crop in doubt and possibly hampering production of fall specialty crops, such as Illinois pumpkins. Although the extensive damage is likely to lead to regional spikes in the price of animal feed, retailers and consumers are not likely to see higher beef or milk prices, due to several unrelated factors. Chicken ...

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