Drought has taken hold in large swaths of the U.S. heartland, and the economic consequences could be enormous. Check these sites to track the effects on your wallet.
"America's breadbasket is baking to a crisp," says writer Maureen Mackey in this post at the Fiscal Times that pulls together some alarming statistics on the spiking prices of corn and soybeans and the staggering 88 percent of corn crops now in drought-stricken regions of the U.S.
There is an alarming map showing the extent of the current drought at this website. Who knew the U.S. government had a National Integrated Drought Information System? The group coordinating information about droughts and how to handle them maintains this Web portal and organizes preparedness events, including "drought webinars." A news feed chronicles the travails of farmers and ranchers as dry conditions hammer their crops and livestock.