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The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America...
The American Dream ^ | 7-16-2012 | Robert Wenzel

Posted on 07/16/2012 10:01:00 AM PDT by blam

The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August

Robert Wenzel
July 16, 2012

Why is the heartland of the United States experiencing such a horrific drought right now? At the moment, approximately 61 percent of the entire nation is experiencing drought conditions, and this is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the country. Less than two weeks ago I wrote an article asking what would happen if these drought conditions persisted, and now we are finding out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history. The USDA has declared 1,016 counties in 26 U.S. states to be disaster areas. The USDA declaration basically covered about half of the nation, and there is now no denying how horrible this drought really is.
You can see a map of this disaster area right here. This endless drought is being compared to the nightmarish drought of 1988, and if it persists into August it could become perhaps the worst drought that America has ever seen. The USDA says that approximately 60 percent of all corn in the country is experiencing "moderate to extreme" drought conditions. If this drought does not end soon, the losses are going to be mind blowing. Already, it is estimated that farmers and ranchers have suffered billions of dollars in damage. How much worse can things get?

At the beginning of July many were hoping that we would soon see some rain and that we could still see a decent corn harvest.

Unfortunately, the drought has gotten even worse since that time. The following is from an article in the Chicago Tribune....

The whole of Iowa was classified as abnormally dry as of July 10 and 12.7 percent of the top corn and soybean producing state was in severe drought, up from 0.8 percent the prior week.

Harder-hit Illinois, the No. 2 corn and soy state, was 66.28 percent under severe drought or worse, up from 40 percent the previous week.

Severe to exceptional drought covered 80.15 percent of Indiana, versus 68.84 percent the prior week.

Conditions in Missouri also deteriorated, with 82.54 percent of the state in severe drought or worse, compared with 78.83 percent the week before. That is not good news.

Posted below is the latest update from the U.S. drought monitor. As you can see, nearly the entire southern half of the country is extremely dry right now....

It is being projected that in some of the major corn growing areas as much as 60 percent of the crops could be lost.

Many farmers that had been desperately hoping for rain are now becoming resigned to the fact that their crops are not going to make it. The following is from an article in the New York Times....

"Corn is anywhere from knee-high to waist-high," Gonzalee Martin, agriculture and natural resources educator with Purdue University’s Allen County extension office, told The News-Sentinel. "Much of it has already tassled with no ears at all. Much of it’s going to be completely lost" When your livelihood depends on the weather, an endless drought can be extremely stressful. Many farmers that had been anticipating a bumper crop this year are now faced with an utter disaster. The following example comes from CNN....

Now, as punishing drought grips the Midwest, Villwock, 61, walks his hard-hit 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana in utter dismay.

Where there should have been tall, dark green, leafy plants, there now stand corn stalks that are waist high or, at best, chest high. They are pale in color and spindly. Fragile. Tired.

Pull back an ear's husk and you find no kernels, he says. With temperatures rising above 95 degrees, the pollen starts to die.

"It's emotionally draining," he said. "The crop got out of the ground very well. We were so optimistic. But maybe a few of us were counting our eggs before they were hatched." So is there any hope that things are going to turn around?

Unfortunately, things do not look promising right now. It is being projected that the Corn Belt will experience extremely high temperatures and very low rainfall all the way through mid-August. The following report comes from accuweather.com....

AccuWeather.com agricultural meteorologists are concerned that new and frequent waves of near-100-degree temperatures and stingy rainfall will further stress crops over Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska into mid-August. When temperatures are very high and rainfall is very low, evaporation happens very rapidly. As accuweather.com notes, when the ground becomes very, very dry it can create a vicious cycle that feeds on itself....

Evaporation rates are very high into the first part of August. Soaking rain on a regular basis instead of a brief downpour is needed to be of benefit beyond a couple of days.

Turning things around in the Midwest as a whole will be a difficult task as dry ground tends to bring higher daytime temperatures, which in turn raises evaporation rates and so on. So what does all of this mean for the rest of us?

It is going to mean higher food prices.

On Friday, the price of corn hit $7.50 a bushel.

It had been thought that the price of corn would only be about $5.00 a bushel this year.

At this point, the price of corn is up 48 percent since mid-June, and it could go a whole lot higher.

Some analysts are projecting that if this endless drought persists, we could see ten dollars for a bushel of corn and 20 dollars for a bushel of soybeans.

And yes, you will notice this at the supermarket.

In a previous article, I included a quote from a recent article by Holly Deyo about why the price of corn affects the price of so many other products....

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. This endless drought is also a complete and total nightmare for ranchers.

At this point, approximately 50 percent of America's pastures and ranges are in "poor" or "very poor" condition.

Back in June, that figure was only sitting at 28 percent.

So things have gotten a lot worse very quickly.

A lot of ranchers are selling off their cattle because this drought is making it very difficult to continue to feed them. The following is from examiner.com....

Rauhn Panting, with the University of Idaho, who works with ranchers and farmers, says, "We're going to run out of grass. It's going to be scary." Ranchers are being advised to vacate grazing lands, weeks and even months before when they usually have to leave.

Left with only two choices, feed or sell, many are opting to sell their cattle. The Torrington Stock Market in Wyoming, has recorded that 36,000 cattle were sold in May and June of this year. The usual average for these months is 5,500. Small ranchers, with 30-50 cow/calf pairs, are being hit the hardest. So expect higher meat prices in the fall and winter as well.

This all comes at a really bad time. We are already on the verge of a global financial catastrophe. Agriculture was supposed to be one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy.

Sadly, the U.S. is not the only one having problems with crops this year.

For example, in Germany farmers are actually experiencing a full-blown plague of rats.

Yes, seriously.

The following is from a recent Der Spiegel article....

Millions of field mice are overrunning the central German states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, much to the concern of local farmers. The rodents are devastating food crops, cutting yields by up to 50 percent. Getting birds of prey to hunt the critters didn't help, and now farmers want to be allowed to use a banned rat poison. So why is all of this happening?

Why is nature going crazy all of a sudden?


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KEYWORDS: agriculture; apocalypsealways; captainhyperbole; climate; drought; food; foodsupply; resources; water; weather
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It's Always Something. (IAS)
1 posted on 07/16/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

2 Chronicles 7:14
King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 10:02:23 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: blam

Central TX:
near record cool temps and rainfall for july!
It’s downright COOL for this time of year.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 10:04:14 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: blam
Because the dust bowl of the 1930s wasn't this bad? Someone needs to get a grasp of history.

/johnny

4 posted on 07/16/2012 10:05:03 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: blam

Well it might just be a good thing HRH The Sheriff of the Food Police Bloomberg is about to outlaw pop corn any way.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 10:07:04 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: blam

If this disaster (largest ever) is bigger than Katrina, where is my trailer?

Crops are gone around here. Small trees are dying now.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 10:07:48 AM PDT by IamConservative (Well done is better than well said. - Ben Franklin)
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To: blam
Oh, 1816 as well, year without a summer. Snow in June in NY.

/johnny

7 posted on 07/16/2012 10:07:55 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: blam
interesting...no comparisons to the dirty 30’s ? - dust bowl\drought\heat waves ?
8 posted on 07/16/2012 10:08:40 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: blam
According to NOAA yesterday... this is not the worst drought in our History... not even close. It does cover a wider area that in the past but the severity of the drought in most places is not bad compared to past droughts which were much more severe over a smaller area... but NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE.

LLS

9 posted on 07/16/2012 10:09:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: blam
Why is nature going crazy all of a sudden?

God has a history of using droughts as a warning to His people that His patience is running out!

10 posted on 07/16/2012 10:09:36 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yeah, something like this happened in the days of King David of Israel, and he sought the Lord’s advice. God gave him an answer.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 10:10:30 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: US Navy Vet

Yes, God is not happy with America!


12 posted on 07/16/2012 10:10:56 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: blam

Wait until the glaciers arrive. No more drought.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 10:11:30 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: US Navy Vet

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands. (Hag 1:7-11)


14 posted on 07/16/2012 10:13:45 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: IamConservative

We moved to central KY from Seattle last year. I used to tell my friends in Seattle that we never have to water our lawns here, but the last few weeks saw them go brown. We have been getting plenty of rain, however, starting last week.

Well, by “plenty of rain” I mean it’s back to normal. The lawns are already greening up nicely and I had to more yesterday.


15 posted on 07/16/2012 10:14:03 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: blam

—For example, in Germany farmers are actually experiencing a full-blown plague of rats. —

Well, at least they taste good, depending on the sauce.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 10:15:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: fabian
He was furious with Americas early settlers.

“In the summer of 1762 the longest drought on record in America occurred”


17 posted on 07/16/2012 10:16:35 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: blam

When did american farmers go back to relying on rain? Last I heard they had invented something called CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION.

I think this article is a crock.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 10:16:40 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: US Navy Vet

I agree. Although we have had droughts before, I remember 1988 for instance, there is no doubt in my mind that God’s anger against this country is burning.
We got some rain in Ohio over the weekend. The areas that got the most of it were the areas where the Amish live. Seriously.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 10:16:57 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: blam

Here in central KY a lot of people planted early because of the unseasonably warm spring. Most of their corn was already showing nicely developing ears before the drought started. I understand that the more mature the corn is, the less of an impact the drought has on it.


20 posted on 07/16/2012 10:17:53 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: blam
Why is nature going crazy all of a sudden?

People the world over have been asking that question since they invented weather.

21 posted on 07/16/2012 10:20:24 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: blam

Natural Disaster? You are never going to get a grant with that thinking, this is a disaster caused by humans, aka GloBull warming.


22 posted on 07/16/2012 10:20:56 AM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: mamelukesabre

Where I live in central KY I asked a guy why all the corn here is “feeder corn”. He said that sweet corn needs irrigation and to effectively irrigate, you need pretty flat ground. It’s hilly here and our abundant rain allows one to grow at least feeder corn with no irrigation. They also do tobacco, wheat and soy. The Wheat was all harvested about a month ago.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 10:22:33 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: blam

—Why is nature going crazy all of a sudden?—

It’s not. The breathless reporting just makes it look that way.

What has happened to all the serious hurricanes? They need to report SOMETHING I guess.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 10:24:23 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: blam

Take NE Mississippi off the list. The last week has done it.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 10:25:14 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: blam
"Getting birds of prey to hunt the critters didn't help, and now farmers want to be allowed to use a banned rat poison. So why is all of this happening?"

Umm...lemme' guess. Cause they banned rat poison? Nothing else stays ahead of their population curve. By the time a mechanical trap or natural predator kills one, 12 more will have been born into the world.
26 posted on 07/16/2012 10:25:34 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: blam

Only if you discount the actual weather history and it’s cyclical nature. A quick look at the summer of 1954 would clear this up for anyone interested in truth.


27 posted on 07/16/2012 10:26:04 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: mamelukesabre

About $150 an acre to buy a center pivot irrigation system and keep it running.


28 posted on 07/16/2012 10:26:41 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: mamelukesabre

My husband and I went for a drive yesterday. We saw a few of the center pivot irrigation devices working. But right next to a field receiving water would be another that was so parched the corn is not yet knee high.
Not everybody can afford irrigation systems. We were in a area of Mennonite and Amish farms mixed in with modern farms. They don’t use irrigation systems.
Yes, lots of farmers still rely on rain.


29 posted on 07/16/2012 10:27:14 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Is this a claim that the bible supports the Glowbull warming crowd?


30 posted on 07/16/2012 10:27:33 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: 9422WMR
Summer 2011 gave us 90 days of 100 degrees or over in Austin TX. Now THAT is a heat wave!

We're used to the heat since it starts about late April and lasts until October. I feel for people elsewhere who have no idea and are suffering with the heat. Anything less than 95 for us is comfy.

31 posted on 07/16/2012 10:28:14 AM PDT by Kolb (Compone Accomoda Supera)
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To: cuban leaf

Glad to hear it’s a little better in Ky. I haven’t been able to get down to the “southern command center” for several weeks now.


32 posted on 07/16/2012 10:28:28 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: blam
Can we now call it the Obama’s Drought? Or we are still blaming Global Warming?

Oh yeah, Global Warming started under Bush, so it's “All Bush's Fault”.

/mooonbat rant off

33 posted on 07/16/2012 10:29:40 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: blam
It's July. It's hot and dry, muggy and buggy. Where do I need to go to file for my FEMA assistance? Would it be the same place I went to back in January when it was cold, windy and wet?

It's always something! If it's not too cold, it's too hot. If it's not raining enough, it's raining too much. Maybe if I forfeit the rest of my earnings to the government, they will make it all better for me.

34 posted on 07/16/2012 10:29:48 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: blam; All

Americans should say a prayer to the almighty to restore and replinish our land.

<< 2 Chronicles 7:14 >>

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


35 posted on 07/16/2012 10:30:30 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Amen. IMHO the US is going thru an Old Testament “shaking” because our nation was founded with the proclamation that it will grounded in God’s laws and teachings. Unfortunate our nation strayed. In 2001, 9/11 is our first shaking, the financial implosion in 2008 our second shaking, if we do not change 2015 will be our next shaking. Each shaking will be worst then the last one and all will stop if we go back to God. Our country has gotten worst morally. Outlawing religion, promoting gay rights, we have accelerated away from God even faster. If we do not repent God WILL let this country fall!


36 posted on 07/16/2012 10:31:13 AM PDT by Fee
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To: blam

Just think of all the irrigation infrastructure we could have built with $5 TRILLION dollars

updated the electrical grid too

and fixed ALL the roads and bridges

During Obozo’s stimulus spending I was traveling on a stretch of road in Colorado in the middle of nowhere. Houses were 5 miles apart. The road was perfectrly fine for 20 miles or so, and then suddenly there was an “Obama simuloous dollars at work” sign

This was followed by a 1 and a half foot drop in the pavement that nearly kiled me and dumped all my stuff out of the back of my truck, followed by 2 miles of newly (and poorly) constructed road, followed by 20 more miles of perfectly fine road.

So they were literally hiring one company to dig a hole and another company to fill it in.

Now THAT’s some goood gubmint!


37 posted on 07/16/2012 10:32:00 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: SamAdams76

When is the government going to start helping out people who lose it all in the casino? Seriously. They take a chunk of your winnings every time you win real big. Why the hell don’t they help you out if you lose real big?


38 posted on 07/16/2012 10:34:37 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: fabian
Yes, God is not happy with America!

Indeed. Between 55 million abortions since Roe v Wade and a regime that endorses "gay marriage" as well as hostility toward Israel, honestly what can we expect?

39 posted on 07/16/2012 10:35:49 AM PDT by Marathoner (Palin/West 2012. Yes, I'm dreaming but as Pete said to Rudy, "Dreams are what make life tolerable.")
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To: Steamburg
Only if you discount the actual weather history and it’s cyclical nature. A quick look at the summer of 1954 would clear this up for anyone interested in truth.

Apples to oranges comparison. In 1954 this nation did not plant corn to use as fuel for their vehicles.

40 posted on 07/16/2012 10:37:23 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: blam

The Houston area if finally getting some good rain. Last year was a disaster for us. I have 2 huge water oaks that are dying because of last years drought. We had water rationing last year so I could not water them. This years rain is too late for them. Our beautiful park in the middle of town, Memorial Park, was decimated last year.


41 posted on 07/16/2012 10:39:02 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam

“now farmers want to be allowed to use a banned rat poison. So why is all of this happening?”
Well the mouse plague might have been caused by the ban just saying.


42 posted on 07/16/2012 10:41:02 AM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: blam

The drought of 1995-1996 was worse. Any FReepers recall starving or food shortages then?

Right now, there is a huge wheat supply, and record high world grain supplies.

It’s called ‘weather’ and ‘farming’.


43 posted on 07/16/2012 10:41:59 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Just mythoughts

Ethanol plants are already scaling back or shutting down as supply gets too expensive, and there are no impediments to importing ethanol these days.


44 posted on 07/16/2012 10:45:26 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: blam

“75% of grocery store products use corn as a key ingredient”

The day food died.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 10:52:40 AM PDT by Cedar
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To: blam

Yet another moron and his interweb “research”.


46 posted on 07/16/2012 10:53:38 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: US Navy Vet
Revelation 6:5-6 5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart[c] of wheat for a denarius,[d] and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

A denarius is about one day's wages.

47 posted on 07/16/2012 10:54:40 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: 9422WMR

Ain’t it grand?
A green July is a wonderful thing!


48 posted on 07/16/2012 11:15:54 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: 9422WMR

You ought to be out here in west Texas WMR


49 posted on 07/16/2012 11:15:57 AM PDT by tayper (Granny told me, Saying it don't make it so)
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To: cuban leaf

It’s nice you still have a yard. Lost mine last year with 29 days over 100.


50 posted on 07/16/2012 11:19:59 AM PDT by tayper (Granny told me, Saying it don't make it so)
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