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What Happens If Record Heat And Crippling Drought Cause Widespread Crop Failures - United States?
The American Dream ^ | 7-3-2012

Posted on 07/03/2012 8:15:10 PM PDT by blam

What Happens If Record Heat And Crippling Drought Cause Widespread Crop Failures Throughout The United States?

July 3, 2012

It is too early to panic, but if there is not a major change in the weather very soon we could be looking at widespread crop failures throughout the United States this summer. Record heat and crippling drought are absolutely devastating crops from coast to coast. Unfortunately, this unprecedented heat wave just continues to keep going and record high temperatures continue to scorch much of the central United States. In fact, more than 2,000 record high temperatures have been matched or broken in the past week alone.
Not only that, but the lack of rainfall nationally has caused drought conditions from coast to coast. If temperatures continue to stay this high and we don't start seeing more rain, farmers and ranchers all over the nation are going to be absolutely devastated. So what happens if we do see widespread crop failures throughout the United States? That is a question that is frightening to think about.

Right now is an absolutely crucial period for corn. It is time for pollination and rainfall is desperately needed. The following is from an article recently posted on agweb.com....

With some parts of Indiana now nearing a month without significant rainfall and the critical pollination phase of corn either already started or about to begin, large crop losses appear likely for some farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had been expecting a record corn harvest this year, but now the outlook is rapidly changing. The Department of Agriculture now says that 22 percent of all U.S. corn fields are in poor condition, and that number could rise significantly unless current weather patterns change.

Sadly, the corn in some areas of the country may already have been permanently damaged according to the Washington Post....

Some growers are already reporting damage to corn, which is at a critical pollination stage. In some areas, the corn already has been damaged to the point that rain may not be enough to salvage the crop, Telvent DTN analyst John Sanow said.

He and other analysts have lowered their yield estimates to an average of about 150 bushels per acre or less. That compares with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s June estimate of 166 bushels per acre. Meanwhile, corn supplies are dropping at a rate not seen in many years. The following is from croplife.com....

Corn supplies in the U.S. are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 as a Midwest heat wave damages the world's largest harvest for a third consecutive year.

Bloomberg News reports that stockpiles were probably 3.168 billion bushels (80.47 million metric tons) on June 1, 47% less than on March 1 So what does all of this mean?

It means that food prices are going to rise.

Over the last month, the price of corn is up about 27 percent.

The price of wheat is also soaring. The price of September wheat is up about 26 percent since the beginning of June.

So is there hope that things can be turned around?

Unfortunately, things look quite bleak at this point. According to the Washington Post, the outlook for the rest of the growing season is very ominous....

“Based on the drought outlook, the potential for further degradation is very high, and the potential to reach exceptional levels of drought — where there are major crop failures — is very high,” said Matthew Rosencrans, a Weather Service meteorologist. “The climate signals we are looking at right now don’t correlate with wetness in that region.”

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 what’s coming.” Those are frightening words.

Nobody wants to hear about the possibility of "major crop failures" or that "the market has no ideas what's coming".

Ranchers are being absolutely devastated by this hot, dry weather as well. The following comes from a comment that was posted on one of my recent articles by a reader identified as Cinderella Man who works in the business....

As of 6/27/12 at the Torrington WY auction 2,248 head sold in one day. Usually only a couple hundred sell at a time. Whats happening is the ranchers are trying to sell when the price is high, and they know that hay is going to be expensive in the fall. We already see ranchers from WY coming up here looking for hay. Let me put it to you this way: Last night I went with my Dad to his hayfield and he said he would be lucky if he got a third of the hay he got last year! Second I work in the feed and mineral supply business and I have seen grain feed sales through the roof. Same goes for mineral and lactation supplements. The other day a Hutterite colony bought 25 tons of grain distillers to feed their sheep.
Everywhere south of us is dry and we are catching up. People are scrambling to find corn and my elevator is one of the last places that have it. Going back to the minerals and supplements the cows are on poor grass and they have baby calves to feed. They go dry and cant produce milk for them so a rancher has to buy minerals and supplements to get the mama cow to produce milk. Sales have been soaring. You add it all up and you can only come up with the conclusion that we are in SERIOUS TROUBLE this year and I dont know how small producers like my family are going to weather this. All I can say is the ones who were in glee at Texas’s plight last year and crying in their beers right now. If this continues, we won't just see corn and wheat become much more expensive.

We will also see the price of meat go through the roof as well.

This is not welcome news at a time when the economy is already in really bad shape and millions of families are barely making it from month to month.

So what do you think about all of this? Do you live in an area of the country that has been affected by this weather? What do you think will happen if we see widespread crop failures throughout the United States?


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climate; drought; food; weather

1 posted on 07/03/2012 8:15:24 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Since this is “Silver Lining Week” I’ll say that at least the growers will quit bitching about not having enough illegal aliens to pick their crops. As for the local yokels in this country, they can’t gnaw on all of the absentee ballots they have coming in.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 8:23:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is only the beginning. It's all downhill from here.)
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To: blam
Prices will rise?


3 posted on 07/03/2012 8:24:29 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: blam

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/corn-wheat-and-soybeans-climb-as-summer-heat-wilts-crops-other-commodities-mostly-lower/2012/07/02/gJQAZcppIW_story.html


4 posted on 07/03/2012 8:29:08 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: blam

Everything will be fine..... Polidiots will just take from the red pile an give to the blue pile.


5 posted on 07/03/2012 8:29:26 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: blam

Writ simply.

Mass starvation, survivors will forage the countryside bare in slow motion starvation, second round of mass starvation. Those who manage to make it though the winter and survive a lean spring have a chance to plant gardens and start to recover.

Those that didn’t eat their seed stock and willingly kill to defend their gardens might manage to make it through the following winter.

North Koreans eat grass...


6 posted on 07/03/2012 8:29:26 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (With (R)epublicans like these, who needs (D)emocrats?)
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To: blam
What's Behind The Record Heat?

July 3, 2012
By Douglas Main, OurAmazingPlanet

This map shows the heat wave currently sweeping across the United States with temperatures taken by a NASA satellite on June 26, 2012.

Heat is beating records around the country: the first five months of 2012 have been the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. And that's not including June, when 164 all-time high temperature records were tied or broken around the country, according to government records.

That's unusual, since the most intense heat usually comes in July and August for much of the country, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with National Climatic Data Center. For example, only 47 all-time high records were tied or broken in June of last year.

Also, more than 40,000 daily heat records have been broken around the country so far this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Compare that with last year —the ninth warmest on record — when only 25,000 daily records had been set by this date.

In other words, the heat really is that bad. And behind the records is a set of weather and climate conditions that is keeping the heat locked in over the country, with little respite in sight.

Can't stand the heat

The warm summer follows an unusually warm winter, which was the hottest and driest that the western United States has ever seen since records have been kept, said Jeff Weber, a scientist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

The heat burning up the country right now is due in part to a persistent high pressure system, also called a heat ridge or dome, which parked itself over the mountain west, and has now shifted east into the Midwest and Southeast. The system is unfortunately stuck in place, Weber said, because of a slowdown of the North Atlantic Oscillation, a climate pattern that pulls weather patterns eastward across the country.

This "blocking" of the Atlantic has caused the jet stream, which normally ferries air from west to east across the United States, to buckle and trap heat in the Midwest and Southeast, Weber told OurAmazingPlanet.

High and dry

That's not unusual in the summer, said National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Carbin. But this pattern of hot air does cover a broader area than usual, and the total amount of hot air is greater, stretching higher up in the atmosphere than normal, he said.

Dry soils, in part a product of the dry winter, exacerbate the heat. "If the soils were wetter, more energy would be absorbed by the water and the daily high temperatures wouldn't be as warm," Crouch told OurAmazingPlanet. For example, southern Georgia and Florida, drenched by Tropical Storm Debby, haven't been as hot as areas to the north in the last week or so.

Unfortunately, the heat doesn't look likely to dissipate soon, with the National Weather Service expecting warmer-than-usual temperatures to continue for the remainder of the summer across much of the country.
The southwest and Rocky Mountains could be in for a reprieve soon, however, thanks to the beginning of the North American monsoon, which is predicted to start bringing moisture and cooler temperatures into the area later this week, Weber said.

Climate change?

The early heat waves of summer — following higher temperatures in spring and winter — could also be part of a pattern of climate change.

"It's consistent with what we'd expect in a warming climate, but it's hard to quantify any effect climate change might have on an individual event like this heat wave," Crouch said.

While only one heat wave cannot by itself be linked to climate change, a significant increase in these types of events over time could be a hallmark of a warming planet. "An increasing frequency of heat waves —that's one aspect of climate change you can point to," Carbin said.

Over the past few years, daily record high temperatures have been outpacing daily record lows by 2-to-1 on average, according to the website Climate Central. A 2009 study found that if the climate were not warming, that ratio would be expected to be even. So far this year, there have been 40,113 high temperature records set or tied, compared with just 5,835 cold records, a ratio of about 7-to-1.

"This could be a harbinger of things to come," Weber said.

7 posted on 07/03/2012 8:30:18 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Is this the first time there’s ever been a drought or heatwave in this country?


8 posted on 07/03/2012 8:33:51 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: blam

The easy and correct answer is to put all of the corn that is produced into the ethanol pipeline and do not release any of it for making into food for people or animal feed.

That way we will have 1) more ethanol (that causes cars to get worse mileage than using pure gasoline; and 2) less food for people to eat to make them fat, thus helping to reduce the obesity epidemic in this nation.

Sarc off


9 posted on 07/03/2012 8:34:02 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: blam

We’ll still have ethanol...


10 posted on 07/03/2012 8:38:31 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: blam
Wow, it sounds as if this is the worst summer in history.

Wait.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 8:39:18 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: blam

I’d say: a person had better think about some major planning.


12 posted on 07/03/2012 8:39:23 PM PDT by madison10
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To: blam

I knew a hot dry summer was in store when the only snow we saw here in sw PA was last Oct. Spring was unusually dry, its no surprise a lot of states have raging wildfires already and now with the crops, health care, the economy and the middle east blowing up we got ourselves in a nice little mess.


13 posted on 07/03/2012 8:40:55 PM PDT by eak3
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To: Rebelbase

Heavens no. It’s just the first time everyone can talk about it via technology and the news seems worse and spreads faster.

The Dust Bowl of the 1930s is one of the best examples. Look up US droughts online.

It may be the first time the whackos say it was caused by global warming, though.


14 posted on 07/03/2012 8:44:20 PM PDT by madison10
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To: blam
There is not record heat from coast to coast. The west has been colder then normal. In fact Seattle just recorded its 3rd coldest June ever.

Seattle – 3rd Coldest June on Record

There have been major crop damages already this year. They were caused by unusual cold following unusual warmth earlier in the year. The jet stream has been bending north and south more dramatically and that has cause the hot spots to come and go in the Midwest and east. Overall though the west has been colder then normal for at least a year.

Double whammy causes 90 percent Michigan apple loss

15 posted on 07/03/2012 8:47:12 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: blam

Climate change? Look at the records for 1987-88 and for the mid 30’s. A lot of similarities.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 8:48:25 PM PDT by redangus
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To: blam
Massive number of record lows – In Summer
17 posted on 07/03/2012 8:51:40 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: eak3
I knew a hot dry summer was in store when the only snow we saw here in sw PA was last Oct. Spring was unusually dry, its no surprise a lot of states have raging wildfires already and now with the crops, health care, the economy and the middle east blowing up we got ourselves in a nice little mess.

I'm in SW PA too. Also, we are in a temperature inversion, the other night, I fired up my ham radio on 2 meters VHF and heard hams as far away as Newark, OH (I live in Moon Township, PA) on 146.880 Mc repeater. They had their Skywarn net up because they had bad weather occurring there. I thought I was monitoring a local repeater here in Pittsburgh on the same frequency (ours s at Pitt on top of the Cathederal of Learning), but it was weak, thought it was my antenna, but instead it was Newark, OH, not Pittsburgh. This weather plays havoc with radio communications too.
18 posted on 07/03/2012 8:52:04 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Justice Roberts knows the Constitution as much as the hominids know about the Monolith in "2001")
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To: blam

We got a great deal on corn today.... 6 ears for a buck.

We will likely buy more tomorrow and freeze a few ears.

Oh, and because of the global warming, or the global freezing, the sky is falling and we are all going to die.


19 posted on 07/03/2012 8:55:25 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: blam

I generally know science, I’m more into electronics myself so I will plead ignorance here but is there a way to water crops artificially? Can you get a bunch of guys and hoses, hook them up to a spigot and let er rip? How about loading one of those planes they use to fight fires with a load of water and dump them on the crops, will that work? Just curious and trying to come up with ideas as I brainstorm. Maybe we can be like Saudi Arabia and turn seawater into fresh water and move it inland to use on crops.


20 posted on 07/03/2012 8:57:45 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Justice Roberts knows the Constitution as much as the hominids know about the Monolith in "2001")
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To: blam

And what about the ethanol shortages?????


21 posted on 07/03/2012 8:58:22 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Nowhere Man

Aquaponics.


22 posted on 07/03/2012 9:10:48 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: blam

All I know is that I live in Central Illinois, and as I drive around I am surrounded by fields and fields of beautiful green corn.


23 posted on 07/03/2012 9:25:06 PM PDT by vickixxxx
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To: blam
Consequences for going along with policies like this?

Have fun. Enjoy the slide.


24 posted on 07/03/2012 9:25:27 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Nowhere Man
IMHO, it's President Camacho's fault...


25 posted on 07/03/2012 9:36:16 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: blam
What Happens If Record Heat And Crippling Drought Cause Widespread Crop Failures Throughout The United States?

Umm, Mother Nature hands Obama his pretext for declaring a "national emergency" and cancelling the election?

26 posted on 07/03/2012 9:40:23 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Principles aren't worth a bucket of warm spit. I'm voting Romney. God help me.)
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To: justa-hairyape
Seattle – 3rd Coldest June on Record

June also the wettest as was March. I didn't check the other months in 2012.

27 posted on 07/03/2012 10:31:20 PM PDT by QT3.14 (USA: Likely only country in history with laws and policies that ensure self-destruction!)
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To: Nowhere Man

it takes 27,000 gallons of water to put an inch of rain on an acre of ground.


28 posted on 07/03/2012 10:34:07 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Bratch

I just finished a DVD checked out from the library on the subject from a past PBS program. It was ugly.


29 posted on 07/03/2012 10:35:49 PM PDT by QT3.14 (USA: Likely only country in history with laws and policies that ensure self-destruction!)
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To: blam

We would have record profits here in Australia. We are having cool and a lot of rain...should be near a record year for grain production.


30 posted on 07/03/2012 10:47:13 PM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: Aussiebabe

It's gotta be tough down there...

31 posted on 07/03/2012 10:51:02 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: digger48

27,000x8.3=224,100 lbs


32 posted on 07/03/2012 11:01:20 PM PDT by tjblair (previewed)
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To: digger48

27,000x8.3=224,100 lbs


33 posted on 07/03/2012 11:01:32 PM PDT by tjblair (previewed)
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To: digger48

27,000x8.3=224,100 lbs


34 posted on 07/03/2012 11:01:50 PM PDT by tjblair (previewed)
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To: digger48

27,000x8.3=224,100 lbs


35 posted on 07/03/2012 11:02:13 PM PDT by tjblair (previewed)
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To: Rebelbase

Is this the first time there’s ever been a drought or heatwave in this country?


Nope.. I remember the stories my grand parents told me about the great depression and the dust bowls..

If memory is serving me right.. history looks to be repeating it’s self.


36 posted on 07/03/2012 11:24:04 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my countries government.)
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To: Gator113

“Oh, and because of the global warming, or the global freezing, the sky is falling and we are all going to die.”

No, we’re not going to die, ever. You are the mother of a new baby goose, Hoppy, who only has one leg and I have young Prissy, the Yorkie, to raise.

I always knew I would have to go to your state and save your butt with my preps when the time comes.


37 posted on 07/03/2012 11:52:08 PM PDT by Marcella (God wouldn't vote for Romney so I won't, either.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

http://www.mahalo.com/china-weather-control/


38 posted on 07/04/2012 12:19:19 AM PDT by Therapsid (Communism has killed 50-60 Million people in only 50 yrs.)
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To: sneakers

bttt


39 posted on 07/04/2012 3:29:09 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Liberty Valance

Yeah, in fact, it is so cold down here we are heading up next week for 10 days on the Great Barrier Reef!


40 posted on 07/04/2012 3:45:36 AM PDT by Aussiebabe
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To: blam

It’s all in the plan.


41 posted on 07/04/2012 3:50:07 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: blam

ADM will rise

Hedge


42 posted on 07/04/2012 4:13:52 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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