Record Heat Wave Exacerbates Devastating Drought In Central U.S.
PERRYTON, TX – JULY 28: A corn crop failed to mature in a field July 28, 2011 near Perryton, Texas. A severe drought has caused most dry-land (non-irrigated) crops in the area to fail and forced farmers to abandon some fields in order to conserve their limited resources. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)