The Inpatients in our shady back yard are about the only plants that are holding up in this hot, dry weather. I do some "hose watering" every couple days to keep them going. Last night we received 0.25" of rain which is close to the 0.33" that we got during the entire month of July. We are now over 5.00" below normal. What is concerning is the widespread drought that we are experiencing. Our weather this summer is more like I remember from the '30's than the hot, dry years we had in the mid 50's or late 80's. I believe we will get through this year with the "disaster programs" and crop insurance that is in place, but can't help but wonder what will happen if we have several years in a row like we did in the '30's. Food prices especially are bound to go up and land prices come down from the record highs set earlier this year.