The stubborn drought dominating the nation’s midsection is refusing to ease, cloaking the nation’s top corn and soybean producing states with yet another triple-digit heat wave with no sign of moisture in sight.

As an added headache, climate indicators for El Niño — the light at the end of this tunnel of drought — have eased over the past few weeks. El Niño is more likely to push drought conditions to the West, away from the Corn Belt, allowing weak storm fronts into the Midwest grain-growing region.