Bad News For Grocery Shoppers: Drought Likely to Continue

"The deep layers of the soil are very dry currently across the state of Nebraska." - Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center

As everyone knows by now, It's been one of the worst droughts on record: The Drought of 2012.

And now scientists at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln have a big concern.

"The deep layers of the soil are very dry currently across the state of Nebraska," said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist with the Drought Mitigation Center. "Ultimately that could endanger the crop for the 2013 growing season."

Aside from that difficult and uncertain situation for area farmers, consumers too will keep feeling the pinch of higher food prices.

Expect prices for beef, corn, and soybeans, and their derivative products to rise.

That, in turn, will make it tough for shoppers to fill up the pantry at home, without taking a hit.

"With prices going up, I'm going to have to be more careful about what I buy," said one grocery shopper at Super Saver on 48th street in Lincoln.

Another shopper lamented, "I don't get a raise for the prices of gas and food going up...."

The National Drought Mitigation Center says while they don't have a crystal ball, it's likely the drought will continue at least into the spring of 2013, a determination made by their forecasts and models.

For now, shoppers are clinging on to those coupons, to at least mitigate some of the impact of rising prices in the grocery aisle.

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