In the ten-thousand acres of the White Family Farm in Sturgis, there's hardly room for hope.
"Its just a nightmare," said Ryan White. "I don't know any other way of saying it."
It's a nightmare because of the sights of shriveled cornstalks. It's haunting because of the history.
"It's the worst I've ever seen in terms of drought," said White. "It's really weird. Last year, it was an extreme wet year with the flooding and everything. This year, it's been the extreme drought. One extreme follows another I guess."
White is the face of farmers across the country who are now left to deal with a once in a generation drought. As a function of their jobs, farmers are optimistic people. But White knows optimism can only go so far.
"There's some guys that say some field aren't going to have anything to harvest and I feel some fields are going to be that way," said White. "It's a shame because you put all that work and effort into it and you can't harvest any of it. It hurts, it hurts your pride."
It hurts their pride and their pocketbook. The losses will exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars. A good harvest will yield upwards of 100 bushels an acre. A harvest like this one tries even the most tested farmers.
"It costs a lot to put out an acre of corn or beans these days," said White. "It hurts when you can't retrieve that dollar at the end of the year."
Their pain could be felt by all of us in the not-so-distant future. Corn prices have risen 38%. Soybean prices are up 24%. You can expect prices for beef, poultry and pork to increase as well.