Skip to comments.Illinois soybean farmer witnesses effects of climate change in ruined crops
Posted on 11/26/2018 10:32:13 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
At Jim Benham's soybean farm in Versailles, Ill., he says 20 acres of crops have been ruined this year by excessive rain a casualty of climate change.
"It's like chewing gum; they're just too wet," he said of the soybeans too soggy to harvest; they'd turn to paste if he tried.
And what's worse, the 67-year-old farmer says he doesn't need a Ph.D. to know that things have changed. "When we have a rain event, we're not getting an inch; we're getting two and three and four inches," Benham said. "It doesn't take a scientist to know you have a problem. It's what I'm experiencing."
And scientists agree. A new government report says man-made climate change is already wreaking havoc on the U.S., and it will only get worse in the coming decades.
In the Fourth National Climate Assessment, issued Friday, 13 federal agencies warn climate change "... will reduce Midwest agricultural productivity to levels of the 1980s."
Andrew Light, one of the report's editors, says the evidence humans are causing climate change is undeniable.
"The part of the country that's going to get worse fastest is actually the Midwest, which is the breadbasket of America," he said.
"Towards the end of the century, you could see the United States economy losing hundreds of billions of dollars every single year, and tens of thousands of Americans dying every single year because of climate change," said Light.
"This is all avoidable at this point."
Yet last year, President Trump, who has called man-made climate change a "hoax," announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, saying it would be unfair to American businesses.
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Rain in a specific locale is “weather”
Does farmer Benham trust the government to control the weather?
Interesting. In Illinois, the yield per acre increased ...
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So one specific crop is impacted by wetter weather. Farmers of old would plan for this and change their crops. Am I missing something?
Apparently Jim Benham, soybean farmer, is also a climate expert. We've had record rains in my area this year, breaking the previous record that was set in - wait for it - 1882!
When we have a rain event
Farmers dont talk like that.
Lucky for Dubya that DJT got elected in 2016, or Glo-bull Warming would STILL be Bush’s fault. And, given the changing demographics in voting patterns, it could be a while after 2024 that we have another Republican president on which to blame all the woes of the world.
I spent last week in Illinois, there was a light rain on Thursday night. Could be an ominous warning!
I worked outside my whole life.
Some years it would rain a bunch.
Some years it woudn’t rain much.
I ain’t no scientist but my personal observation is that sometimes the weather is different. As a matter of fact it changes every day. Weird, right?
CBS “News”, uh-huh.
“”It doesn’t take a scientist to know you have a problem. “
This really sums up the global warming hysteria in a nutshell.
So the ratmedia found one old brain dead soyboy farmer to toot the Glowbull warning horn.
Soybean yield per acre in Illinois is averaging 10% higher than last year. This poor sop must be catching all the bad breaks weather-wise.
They are pulling out all the stops for this BS now. The race is on to get as many controls shoved through as possible so when it turns the planet is fine they can say they saved the day VS not doing anything and when it turns out the planet is fine they will be revealed to be the biggest con artists in history.
20 acres of soybeans. That is not a farm, that is a large home garden.
In Texas that might not even rate a FFA student.
Unbelievably poor reporting. It literally took me 15 seconds to find this reference and set of data.
change their drainage to get that runoff moving...
So farmers are at the mercy of the weather. Why knew?
I still remember a conversation from the 80’s. We were standing around talking about the strange weather. An old wheat farmer spoke up. “ You know in the last 40 years we’ve only had 3 normal ones”
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