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Drought wilts crops as officials pray for rain
Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:43pm EDT | Russ Blinch and K.T. Arasu

Posted on 07/18/2012 5:00:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Oppressive heat and a worsening drought in the U.S. Midwest pushed grain prices near or past records on Monday as crops wilted, cities baked and concerns grew about food and fuel price inflation in the world's top food exporter.

Soybean prices at the Chicago Board of Trade set a record high and corn closed near a record as millions of acres of crops seared in triple-digit heat in the Corn Belt. Corn fields have been plowed up in many locations for lack of rain. Now soybeans, which develop later than corn, are in the bull's eye.

"I get on my knees everyday and I'm saying an extra prayer right now," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters after briefing President Barack Obama. "If I had a rain prayer or a rain dance I could do, I would do it." …

Drought conditions now extend over more than 60 percent of the lower 48 states, the government said. The Department of Agriculture on Wednesday extended drought aid to an additional 39 counties designated as primary natural disaster areas, bringing such aid to a total of 1,297 counties across 29 states. …

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: corn; drought; foodprices

1 posted on 07/18/2012 5:00:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Too late for the corn even if it does rain. And it looks like the soybeans will be wiped out, too.


2 posted on 07/18/2012 5:06:41 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Olog-hai
"I get on my knees everyday and I'm saying an extra prayer right now," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack is an extreme fringe leftist. This is the evil scum that gave Iowa felons the "right" to vote back in 2005. He's also a big supporter of the ethanol scam. I doubt seriously that he knows how to pray to the one true God.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. -- James 5:16

By definition, liberals simply aren't righteous. Period.

3 posted on 07/18/2012 5:14:37 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Olog-hai

The government will help the farmers. But that won’t help the public when prices go through the roof.


4 posted on 07/18/2012 5:16:24 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To kin and former friends: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Olog-hai

STOP MAKING FUEL OUT OF FOOD, at least until the drought ends.


5 posted on 07/18/2012 5:17:42 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: chessplayer

My husband heard that they are chopping some of the corn
now just to salvage something.


6 posted on 07/18/2012 5:19:19 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Olog-hai

So far this month we’ve had 0.06” of rain.


7 posted on 07/18/2012 5:21:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Venturer

I caught something on the news today that said despite the drought, this is expected to be the 3rd largest corn harvest ever.

Apparently its not feed corn.


8 posted on 07/18/2012 5:22:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Olog-hai
.... Maybe this is "devine intervention"...drive the blood suckers to their knees.... The farm belt is on USDA life-support. Why or why are their subsidies?

If the crop cannot make a profit, then why should the general public subsidize the production?

9 posted on 07/18/2012 5:23:30 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: cripplecreek

I heard that also.


10 posted on 07/18/2012 5:32:51 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Olog-hai

S Wisconsin t storms this evening


11 posted on 07/18/2012 5:34:13 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: cripplecreek

I am sure it’s probably the largest crop planted, not so sure about the harvest until the crops come in.

I do know here in Md, it is already burned up 3/4 of the way up the stalk and the ears aren’t filling out at all.


12 posted on 07/18/2012 5:39:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai
officials pray for rain"

Don't these people know that's a violation of the Separation Claws?

13 posted on 07/18/2012 5:45:48 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Olog-hai

Corn in Michigan is wiped out. The beans may recover if those rain clouds would actually drop rain. Sigh. It looks like rain all ‘round, but nary a drop.


14 posted on 07/18/2012 5:48:27 PM PDT by madison10
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To: re_nortex
"I doubt seriously that he (Vilsack) knows how to pray to the one true God."

Pssst! He's praying to 0bama.

15 posted on 07/18/2012 5:50:08 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Venturer

It’s variable here in NW Virginia. Looks good in some fields, but others are so sketchy that some of it just looks like tall grass.


16 posted on 07/18/2012 5:53:02 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Olog-hai
I'm all for throwing some officials into the volcano to appease the gods.

/johnny

17 posted on 07/18/2012 6:04:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Most sensible thing I’ve heard today


18 posted on 07/18/2012 6:15:31 PM PDT by Dosa26
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To: Olog-hai

So where have the hurricanes gone?


19 posted on 07/18/2012 6:26:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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To: madison10

Pretty much whole state of Wiscomsin getting rain tonight hope it holds up into MI


20 posted on 07/18/2012 6:28:44 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: UB355

Great for Wisconsin! Know what you mean by the “holds up into Michigan.” Lake Michigan has a habit of eating the rain before it gets here. LOL


21 posted on 07/18/2012 6:31:14 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Mike Darancette

“So where have the hurricanes gone?”

Late July, Aug, Sept, are our worst hurricane months.


22 posted on 07/18/2012 6:32:17 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“I’m all for throwing some officials into the volcano to appease the gods.”

Instead of doing that, I’m going to speed up my canned veggie buying. I was waiting until later in the year so the cans would be as fresh as possible, but I think that’s a moot point. What was going to be canned is already in the cans for this year.

Mixing cans to make a soup is “canned fast food” - just heat and eat and based on what it is, add spices to boost flavor. I’m always thinking use as little fuel as possible.

Johnny, I don’t know if your culinary senses object to canned food but I’m using canned meat and canned veggies and canned soup as a source of food I can count on.


23 posted on 07/18/2012 6:43:40 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: cripplecreek

I guess we’ve been lucky in my niche of east central Minnesota. The feed corn behind my home is eight feet tall and loaded with ears. Have already had some great sweet corn from the local stand. It’s really early due to the warm spring.

Finally got an inch of rain today after two weeks of none with highs in the near to above 90’s. Next month’s water bill should be a whopper.

I’ll be praying for rain for you folks in the really bad drought areas. It’s like manna from heaven when it falls, and for that I am very thankful today.


24 posted on 07/18/2012 6:44:54 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Marcella
Things are tough right now here. I expect that to break around September, but I'm living on canned and dehydrated food now. I haven't been to a supermarket in 2 months.

Well, I also have forage stuff. Squirrel population is getting a little thin.....

I'm for eating the best I can eat with what is available.

If it is canned, I'll figure out how to use it. ;)

/johnny

25 posted on 07/18/2012 6:56:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Marcella

We must be long lost sisters or soup sisters anyway. Ha!

I always stock up on canned veggies, soups and meats when they’re on sale. My hubby and son call me a hoarder when they look in the pantry. They’ll thank me if all heck breaks out!

I love good fresh food as much as the next person, but I also love the canned concoctions. Grew up on a lot of them. This one has me particularly interested as I like things spicy. I stocked up on canned green chiles at fifty cents a can the other day and will substitute for fresh:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Patricias-Green-Chile-Soup/

I’ll also add some fresh jalapenos as they’re coming on big time in the garden. Yum.


26 posted on 07/18/2012 6:57:15 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Marcella
I’m always thinking use as little fuel as possible.

On that note, one of the best meals I ever had was at 4am after a VERY long day... spaghetti MRE, cold, followed by a nap with a concrete curb for a pillow. To be awakened by the Major at 6am.

Mean old bastard let me sleep in. ;)

Situations determine appropriate food.

Downside is menu fatigue.

/johnny

27 posted on 07/18/2012 7:01:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mplsconservative

I’ll be glad to give your some water. Last week was a 50 yr. flood here according to weather people.

I came downstairs last Wednesday with a film of water over my almost new Pergo floor. Something has screwed up with my chimney and 6 inches of rain in about 3-4 hours made it pile up in the box around the chimney and it came in my house.

Last year, where I am in Texas and across this state actually, there was no spring rain and no rain all summer. Everthing died. Now, at least where I am north of Houston, it is rain, rain, and more rain.

I do know how it is to have no rain, last year was terrible and I feel really bad about our states that need it now.


28 posted on 07/18/2012 7:01:39 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: Olog-hai

In all fairness, we have to blamne Obama. he pissed off 100 Billion to green enery projects. Wouldnt you have rather seen a few billion invested in Farming? and we all thought Obama was Moses. Why didnt he just travel thru the mid-west and do a few rain dances?


29 posted on 07/18/2012 7:04:13 PM PDT by Reality_News
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To: mplsconservative

I just copied and saved that recipe.

My canned goods are mainly for preps but I use cans like the condensed cream of chicken soup in recipes now and canned diced tomatoes with the garlic, basil and oregano already in it is a base for almost all soups.

It’s mainly for prep food I need to get those canned veggies now before they go up higher. I’ll get some canned green chiles.

Yes, let your hubby and son call you a hoarder, then, when there is no food to buy, charge them a dime for each meal for calling you names. You’ll get rich.


30 posted on 07/18/2012 7:26:08 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: Marcella

Oh my! That sounds so bad on a new floor. Can’t imagine how frantic you must’ve been cleaning up that mess. NO FUN!

We actually had 100 year record rain in June...25” or so. It wasn’t pleasant at the time, but I think it gave our trees and such a good foundation for July’s lack of rain and high temps.

We’re back into the fryer for the weekend just as the pole beans are coming on. Time to make another mosquito donation. I call them 0bama’s. Wasn’t my blood, sweat and tears. It was Moochele in her $600.00 garden shoes that gave me those beans. Arghh!


31 posted on 07/18/2012 7:26:08 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Marcella

Didn’t realize you were a Texan. That probably was a wimpy recipe considering the good stuff you have available there.

Good flavors are good flavors so thank you for being so generous. You’re a sweetie. I use the Rotel habanero for a lot of casseroles or hot dishes as we call them - and they are hot - hee-hee.

We have a lot of dimes left over from my last garage sale. Perhaps the boys better earn some! They can vacuum for the next month. LOL

I’m anxious to see if the fresh sweet corn goes for $2.50 a dozen like it did late in the season last year. Doubt it, but if it does I’ll be blanching and freezing like crazy.


32 posted on 07/18/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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