Skip to comments.The Corn Is Dying All Over America
Posted on 07/10/2012 8:56:04 AM PDT by JohnKinAK
All over America the corn is dying. If drought conditions persist in the middle part of the country, wheat and soybeans will be next. Weeks of intense heat combined with extraordinarily dry conditions have brought many U.S. corn farmers to the brink of total disaster. If there is not significant rainfall soon, many farmers will be financially ruined. This period of time is particularly important for corn because this is when pollination is supposed to happen. But the unprecedented heat and the extremely dry conditions are playing havoc with that process. With each passing day things get even worse. We have seen the price of a bushel of corn soar 41 percent since June 14th. That is an astounding rise. You may not eat much corn directly, but it is important to realize that corn or corn syrup is just about in everything these days. Just look at your food labels. In the United States today, approximately 75 percent of all processed foods contain corn. So a huge rise in the price of corn is going to be felt all over the supermarket. Corn is also widely used to feed livestock, and if this crisis continues we are going to see a significant rise in meat and dairy prices as well. Food prices in America have already been rising at a steady pace, and so this is definitely not welcome news.
The weather conditions in the middle part of the country during the last couple of months have been highly unusual. The following is from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times....
It's not that the Midwest hasn't been extremely hot before, and it's not that it hasn't been incredibly dry.
But it's unusual for a vast swath of the Midwest to be so very hot and so very dry for so very long -- particularly this early in the summer.
The current heat wave -- which is spurring comparisons to the catastrophic heat of 1936 -- is "out of whack," meteorologist Jim Keeney said Friday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Corn crops typically pollinate and mature in June and early July. That is why this time of the year is so vitally important for corn. We have reached a make it or break it moment.
The following is how an Accuweather.com report described what is happening right now....
Either heat or drought can stress the stalks, but both can basically shut down the pollination process. When this happens few, small or no ears of corn form.
According to AccuWeather.com Agricultural Meteorologists, you can't raise a corn crop with less than an inch of rain over six weeks, combined with 100-degree and higher temperatures. However, these conditions have taken place in much of the southern corn belt through the week of July 4, 2012. If pollination does not happen, corn farmers might as well give up.
Just check out what agricultural economist Chris Hurt said the other day....
"Pollination problems just cant be overcome, even if the weather turns. Theres no turning back. Theres just failure."
At this point, half of all corn in the state of Indiana is already in poor shape.
With each passing day, the condition of the corn gets even worse.
As a recent article in the Chicago Tribune detailed, many farmers feel completely helpless at the moment....
Dave Kestel, who farms about 1,300 acres in Manhattan about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, said he feels helpless.
"Every day you get out there and it's the same heat and cloudless sky," he said. "You see your corn just withering out there, knowing you can't do anything about it."
The United States is suffering from a severe lack of rain. Just look at the chart posted below. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the country is experiencing drought conditions right now....
These drought conditions have also played a major role in the huge number of wildfires that we have seen lately.
There are a few northern states that are not feeling the drought right now, but otherwise the rest of the country is extremely dry.
So what does all of this mean for you and I?
A recent article by Holly Deyo summarized why we should all be praying for rain....
Since 75% of grocery store products use corn as a key ingredient, expect food prices to skyrocket. Corn is also a staple in many fast foods. Corn is in ethanol and the main food source or chickens. In addition to this, maize is in many things that aren't obvious like adhesives, aluminum, aspirin, clothing starch, cosmetics, cough syrup, dry cell batteries, envelopes, fiberglass insulation, gelatin capsules, ink, insecticides, paint, penicillin, powders, rugs and carpets, stamps, talcum, toothpaste, wallpaper, and vitamins. That's just for starters...
This is a huge heads up for you to purchase corn-using products NOW before these conditions reflect in grocery goods. It will be a narrow window of opportunity. These thoughts are being echoed by many agricultural economists as well. According to Businessweek, the outlook for U.S. food prices is bleak....
"When people look at rising prices for hamburger, butter, eggs and other protein sources from higher corn costs, thats when more money ends up in the food basket," said Minneapolis- based Michael Swanson, a senior agricultural economist at Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. farm lender. "We were hoping for a break, and we arent going to get it." Unfortunately, the fact that the corn is dying all over America is not just a problem for the United States.
As Businessweek also recently noted, the fate of U.S. corn affects the entire globe....
When rain doesnt fall in Iowa, its not just Des Moines that starts fretting. Food buyers from Addis Ababa to Beijing all are touched by the fate of the corn crop in the U.S., the worlds breadbasket in an era when crop shortages mean riots.
This year they have reason to be concerned. Stockpiles of corn in the U.S. tumbled 48 percent between March and June, the biggest drop since 1996, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week. And that was before drought hit the Midwest.
The United States is the worlds biggest exporter of corn by far, and if there is a massive corn crop failure in America it is going to be felt to the four corners of the earth.
Just check out what Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization, said the other day....
"Everyone watches the U.S. because they can rely on it. Without it, the world would starve." Back in February, I wrote an article that suggested that we could see dust bowl conditions return to the middle part of this country in the years ahead.
A lot of people were skeptical of that article.
Not quite as many people are skeptical today.
The following is from a recent article posted on MSNBC entitled "Fears of new Dust Bowl as heat, drought shrivel corn in Midwest"....
Crop insurance agents and agricultural economists are watching closely, a few comparing the situation with the devastating drought of 1988, when corn yields shriveled significantly, while some farmers have begun alluding, unhappily, to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Far more is at stake in the coming pivotal days: with the brief, delicate phase of pollination imminent in many states, miles and miles of corn will rise or fall on whether rain soon appears and temperatures moderate. As I wrote about last week, if the weather does not turn around soon the implications are going to be staggering.
Even if we got some significant rainfall at this point a tremendous amount of damage has already been done according to the Washington Post....
Jay Armstrong, owner and operator of Armstong Farms in Kansas, flew his small plane over a portion of the affected area and landed with the impression that the potential damage is far worse than is commonly understood.
At this time of year, when you look down in a place like Indiana or Illinois, you should see just lush green fields, Armstrong said. I saw bare soil. I just thought to myself, the market has no idea whats coming. So is there significant rain in the forecast?
Unfortunately, the answer is no.
The National Weather Service says that the corn belt will experience "above-normal temperatures" and "below-normal rainfall" over the next week.
At this point it does not look like there will be any significant rainfall for the foreseeable future....
"We got a break in the temperatures over the weekend but no rain of significance is in sight for next seven days," said Jim Keeney, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service the US central region based in Kansas City, Missouri. Needless to say, that is really bad news.
Right now we just have more heat and more dryness to look forward to. The skies are like iron and the earth is like brass. We like to think that we have conquered nature, but at moments such as these we see that is not true at all.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about all of the reasons why we should be concerned about the second half of 2012. In that article I did not even mention drought and crop failures. Sometimes major problems have a way of piling on top of themselves.
The U.S. economy is already in bad enough shape without adding major crop failures to the mix. This is something that we just don't need right now.
But it looks like we are going to have to deal with it. Unless there is a major change in the weather, food prices are going to go up even more and large numbers of farmers and ranchers are going to be absolutely devastated.
Let us all pray for rain. We desperately need it.
As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
I drove across a big swath of the midwest on vacation last week. I didn't see good corn until I got east and north of Dayton, OH. Pretty much all corn from border to border in Indiana on I-70 was tasseling but there was no ear in most cases and in some cases an ear but no silk to catch the pollen. If it rained 6" tomorrow, the crop all looks to be a complete loss to me.
We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can stop wasting corn on fuel.
Drove through the Texas panhandle last year in late June and everything was burned to a crisp. Not a green shoot to be found in a field. This year, 3 weeks ago, I saw beautiful green corn hip high and being watered by huge sprinkler systems. What a difference a year and some rain makes.
Um Financially Ruined? I don’t think so.
Crops are insured by the USDA anymore, I’m sure it won’t be easy for them, but a drought is hardly financial ruin for every farmer in America.
We would have plenty if the government quit mandating ethanol.
These cycles have always happened.
I was in the area of Jefferson City, Missouri last week and talked to a local farmer.
He said that farmers (without irrigation) who planted in March had a good looking corn crop. Those who waited until after April 10 for Federal Crop Insurance had a poor crop.
Is that what you are seeing?
Of course they have. Which doesn't change the fact that we're well into a serious drought.
I've never seen it this dry in western Iowa, ever. There is no subsoil moisture.
Last week drove from Fort Worth to Houston. Corn was 3 feet tall and brown.
There are cornfields in Phoenix?
Prayer and repentance.
Thats the only cure.
May we do so.
” At this time of year,when you look down in a place like Indiana or Illinois,you should see just lush green fields, Armstrong said. I saw bare soil.”
I concur, I took a flight out west last week and wondered why all I saw was brown earth.
1980 or 81 they were finding wrecked ships and mastodon bones in the Missouri river channel. In some places you could walk across the Missouri river.
We didn’t all die, only some of us did.
I'm a city boy so I know little about such things but it sure looked healthy to me.
What do judgment and foreknowledge have to do with each other?
Reducing ethanol actually makes the fuel cheaper. It is the subsidies that keep the ethanol price lower than the market , too, and the interest on the debt that provides them.alone would hav it. Of course we are paying those subsidies.
In our county in Pa, the corn is healthy and green, except in some places where they planted rather late. Even that is starting to look pretty nice now.
Same thing happened here (Indiana) in 88.
If it’s only every 25 yrs we’re OK.
Cut yourself shaving? “World's razor supply is defective.”
Once in a while the blogger will be right on the money, and folks will forget that the rest of the blog is pulled out of the blogger’s rear end.
Drought conditions here but the corn looks good due to irrigation.
A few weeks ago, we had a couple of timely rains. First an inch, then two inches.
Plus, the newest hybrids are supposed to be very drought resistant.
If not for those rains there would be nothing left standing in my part of the country, though. It simply wasn’t enough.
***The current heat wave — which is spurring comparisons to the catastrophic heat of 1936 — is “out of whack,”***
Really? Lets see. Look at the hottest year dates!
Natural gas is dirt cheap and plentiful. Too bad our superiors in the government decided to burn our food instead.
A lot of corn dying in SW Michigan.
Ah, Stuart. Your philosophies over the years always have been inspiring, sort of.
2 Peter 3:3-4
Matthew 24:42, 24:44
A week or so back there was a thread about toxic GM grass killing cattle. The panic was extreme but a little digging showed me that the grass was a hybrid (not GM) that had been around since the early 80s and that the natural production of cyanide under stress was a known property. (Not to mention very common among many plants)
Some kind of boutique farmer who didn’t know as much as he thought poisoned his own cattle.
Corn is making us all fat. How do you think they get those beef cows so big and fat?
Now if we had a broccoli shortage, or a peanut butter shortage like we had a few years back, then we would have a crisis.
If God knows something will happen, can something different happen? Why judge it?
Can we save peas?
Meanwhile...0bama’s Welfare, Food Stamps and Disability ‘Legacy’
is coming home to roost.
Can we save the peas?
Meanwhile...0bama’s Welfare, Food Stamps and Disability ‘Legacy’
is coming home to roost.
Well I do believe things happen as God wills, but I don’t believe any of it is punishment. it’s just the way He wants it to be.
Yes. Even in the absence of a foreknower, it would be true that, for instance, a certain coin flip will end in only one of heads or tails, not both - yet that fact doesn't mean that the other outcome was impossible. Likewise, neither does God's foreknowledge of the outcome mean that the other outcome is impossible.
How strange the chart looks driest when democrats hold the WH.
That’s funny. Just got back from New Jersey and there are corn fields doing great all over the place.
In fact, little farm stands selling corn all over the place doing great, too.
And we had some of that great New Jersey corn on the fourth of July, and MAN does NJ grow some delicious corn!
Do you mean God can be wrong?
He knows the time of your death doesn’t He? How could His knowledge of that change?
No offense, but while I’m sure you believe you do, I don’t think you really KNOW anything about God’s foreknowledge.
The sky is falling!
He definitely allows things to happen.
I’m not of the belief it’s how He wants it.
For example, when Obama resists BAIPA four times so that innocent babies which have survived abortion attempts die, I’m of the belief it is not what God wants.
It is what He allowed.
Pharaoh was raised (allowed) to power to have the Devil show resistance via his false magicians:
King James Version (KJV)
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Essentially the same for Judas Iscariot:
King James Version (KJV)
24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
How will the U.S. continue to send the hundreds of millions of tons to other countries then?????
The corn West of Minneapolis looks great this year. “Knee high by the 4th of July does not apply.” It was chest high last week.
Trouble is, NJ doesn’t feed the world. We farm and truck. We farm in central Illinois and have farms in Ohio. We truck all over the midwest and parts south and north. The crops look bad everywhere. Usually there are drought areas and good areas. This year, the drought is so very wide spread. Usually, if the farms in Illinois are dry, then the Ohio farms are good. This year, they are both so very dry. The worst fear is they Obama will put on a grain embargo and the prices will drop...thus putting the farmer in a position of not being about to meet even their input costs. This has the potential to be a major disaster.
I know you live in Michigan in a different area than I do but it has been so dry I can tell because part of my back yard borders a large area of cattail swamp....1/2 of the yard usually cannot get the grass cut because the tires of the tractor leave deep ruts due to the wet ground until around July. I was able to cut that area totally by the beginning of June.....a large part of my front yard has gone dormet. A few good rains and it will green up again...
I don’t believe it’s a matter of God wanting or not wanting anything or allowing or not allowing. I believe those are human traits. I believe things happen as He knows they will. To fulfill His plan.
The consequences and reasons are there for us to ponder.
Do you mean God can be wrong?
No. Whichever the outcome, He's know it forever.
He knows the time of your death doesnt He?
How could His knowledge of that change?
Who said anything about His knowledge changing?
No offense, but while Im sure you believe you do, I dont think you really KNOW anything about Gods foreknowledge.
Naturally my finite brain can't completely understand the infinite God - but you have yet to show that my understanding is any less than yours.
Out here in the southeastern part of the valley, yes. In fact, where I live was huge farms at one point not too long ago. Many have given way to suburban sprawl but many remain. It’s all irrigated. Citrus, soy, field crops for hay, and citrus once dominated the landscape. Also loads of dairy farms. Most of the citrus is long gone but many of the other crops remain. I miss the citrus most of all though — one subdivision here left large parts of the orchards in tact in the “common” park like areas with in the property. Very pretty and smells wonderful when it blooms.
In my neck of the ‘woods’ there will be a very reduced ‘gas’ I mean corn crop this season. It is also a NASTY addiction to hide under the ignore warning mode!!!! We hired BamBamKennedy and like minded liberals to rule over US regardless of ‘warnings’!!!!
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