As the Midwest drought of 2012 intensifies, parched fields and mounting numbers of heat-stressed livestock are fueling the rumors of a developing disaster that could rival the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Not so fast, drought experts and meteorologists suggest.

The 2012 drought has already caused a significant number of headaches for farmers and consumers, including lost crop yields and raising feed prices, which will likely translate into a jump in meat and dairy product prices, Discovery News reports. Despite this, current drought conditions are still far better than those experienced during Dust Bowl.