Are we headed for the next Dust Bowl?

That’s the question on the minds of many Midwestern farmers as rumors surrounding the historic disaster of the 1930s grow louder.

Triple-digit heat waves and extensive drought plagued the nation’s heartland this summer, sending crop yields plummeting to 122.8 bushels an acre, the lowest average yield since 1995. Sixty-four percent of the continental United States is in now moderate to exceptional drought, according to the latest Drought Monitor.