Just a quick note - huge areas of corn have been affected by the dry weather in the mid-west this year. Our whole food system is based on there being plentiful corn. Meat, dairy, poultry, and ethanol for a gasoline additive all depend on the abundance and cheapness of corn.
What the ultimate effects of the drought will be, I don't know, but I can't imagine food becoming cheaper, or gas for that matter either. It seems like once food prices go up, they are sticky, and they tend to stay up as long as the businesses can keep them up.
Just sayin'.........as an old friend said once, after looking at the results of my hay stacking efforts 'Well, it looks like h--- now, but it'll look better in a snow drift'. And so it is with our efforts to fill the pantry during the harvest. It may not seem like much now, but you will be glad you did later on.
Here is an animated drought map for the last 12 weeks.