A new report from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the ongoing drought has caused the nation's cattle herd to shrink by more than 2 million head so far this year.
Analysts project the dry weather will impact prices in the checkout aisle.
Today, we have two reports on the effects of the 2012 drought. In this combined feature, Adam Allington takes a look at the region's corn farmers.
But first, St. Louis Public Radio's Tim Lloyd reports on the agonizing choices faced by Missouri cattle ranchers.