I've just returned from a hunt in which a friend and I drove from our home in Clarksville, Tennessee, to The Pas, Manitoba, Canada--a distance of over 1,800 miles each way! Our route took us through Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, both Dakotas, and southern Manitoba. During our drive, we clearly observed the effects of the 2012 drought. In the Midwest, we saw field after field of corn that was stunted and bearing no ears on the stalks. Irrigated corn fields looked healthy, but they weren't nearly as common on the landscape as fields without irrigation. In addition, rainfall in the Midwest is still running below normal, and water levels remain low in many streams and ponds.