Drier than the Dust Bowl: waiting for relief in rural America. As wide swaths of rural America suffer through historic drought, they’re being left further behind.

by Lydia DePillis

Anita Pointon shows where the water has to soak over to in order to reach a bed of corn seeds. Photo: Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post

Every few hours, Anita Pointon refreshes the Web site that tells when it’s coming, because the work begins as soon as they know. Her husband, Chuck, 62, will set out to walk the farm with a moisture probe to see which fields are the driest. One run of water covers only about 18 acres of their 500, so they have to choose carefully.