The same goes for consumers: The drought will push up their food prices, which means that biotechnology is a tool for keeping bills in check.

To a certain extent, it’s already helping. Because biotechnology beats back weeds, farmers are tilling their soil less. Tilled soil loses moisture; limited tillage conserves it. As a result, biotechnology probably has mitigated the effects of this year’s drought, even if we don’t fully appreciate it.

After corn, the next big step for drought resistance is wheat. In Australia, research indicates that GM wheat could boost yields by 20 percent during drought conditions as compared to non-GM wheat. Commercial access is still years away, but it’s on the horizon.

Unfortunately, the enemies of biotechnology never sleep. A decade ago, their scare tactics persuaded several seed companies to halt their research into GM wheat. Except for this work stoppage, we’d possibly have GM wheat right now, helping us withstand the drought of 2012.

Now these professional protestors have turned to new strategies. In California, they’re trying to pass a ballot initiative that would require a special label for any food product that carries a biotech ingredient, as if it poses a health hazard–which it absolutely does not. Their scheme is to create consumer pressure in opposition to a technique that will provide relief to farmers in severe conditions and also keep down food costs for consumers.

How dry is it?

It’s so dry, this is no laughing matter.

Terry Wanzek is a wheat, corn and soybean farmer in North Dakota.  He serves as a N.D. state senator and volunteers as a board member for Truth About Trade & Technology.