As the drought of 2012 continues to intensify statewide, Ohio State University Extension experts have developed two websites dedicated to helping farmers, producers and consumers find ways to deal with the dry conditions and extreme heat.

Already, all of Ohio except for small portions of four southeastern counties near the West Virginia border is experiencing moderate drought, with areas in the western and northwest areas of the state near the Indiana and Michigan borders experiencing severe drought as of July 17, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor.

Conditions for growers are extreme right now, the worst they’ve been in over 50 years, said Harold Watters, an Ohio State University Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team.