JACKSON, Tenn.- New reports this week show the drought across the nation is still intensifying, but there could be good news for farmers in the future. The extremely dry weather has allowed agriculture researchers to study the way crops handle droughts and find out how some are able to survive. With genetic altering technology, crop experts say plants in the future could become more tolerant of hot and dry conditions. Small changes in plants, like making their roots larger could mean the difference in whether farmers survive extreme droughts. "If we start running out of water, we usually lose it off the top first so if you have deeper roots that are down where there's some water, that'll help that plant," said UT Ag Center Crop Expert Angela McClure. Experts told 7 Eyewitness News these advanced seedlings are not available yet, as they are still in the very early stages of research.