Early frost could be total disaster in Farm Belt

“It’s A Disaster Like I’ve Never Seen Before,” reads the headline. “2019 Could Be Worst Year Ever For US Corn Farmers.”

Excerpts from a June 16th article by Michael Snyder:

As I have previously detailed, millions upon millions of acres will go unplanted this year, but that is only part of the story.  Much of the corn that has actually been planted is coming up very slowly due to the exceedingly poor conditions, and corn farmers all over the Midwest are reporting that their plants look absolutely terrible.  If we get picture perfect weather between now and harvest time, this will simply be a terrible year.  But if severe heat and/or an early frost hits the Midwest, this could very easily be the worst year that we have ever seen for corn farmers in the United States.

The other day, Illinois farmer James McCune gathered a large number of his fellow corn farmers for a “Prevent Plant Party”, and the mainstream media showed up to cover it.  The following is from CNBC’s coverage of the event

James McCune, a farmer from Mineral, Illinois, was unable to plant 85% of his intended corn acres and wanted to commiserate with his fellow farmers by hosting the “Prevent Plant Party” at The Happy Spot. He invited them to swap stories while tucking in to fried chicken and a keg of beer in Deer Grove, a village of about 50 people located 120 miles west of Chicago.

In addition, McCune told Fox Business that this year is “a disaster like I’ve never seen before”, and he said that some of his neighbors got even less corn planted than he did…

“My neighbors didn’t get 90 percent of their corn planted.”

After non-stop rain plagued the region this spring – when corn farmers typically get seed in the ground – most have decided time is now too short and are choosing not to plant.

… right now we are facing an unprecedented nightmare in the heartland of America.

It is exceedingly difficult to grow corn in soil that is absolutely saturated with water.  Some farmers are saying that it is literally going to take “years” to recover from this disaster, and many will never be able to go back to farming again because they have been financially ruined.

However, a major heat wave this summer would be absolutely catastrophic, and if there is an early frost it “will turn this world upside down”

Sadly, even more “heavy rain” is on the way, and some areas could see over 4 inches of precipitation early in the week…

Heavy rain is expected through Tuesday from Texas to Pennsylvania, with locally over 4 inches of rain expected and flash flooding in spots — especially parts of hard-hit Oklahoma and Arkansas.

In all of U.S. history we have never witnessed anything like this ever before.  We have seen endless rain and catastrophic flooding month after month so far in 2019, and the middle of the country is still getting pummeled at this moment.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/its-a-disaster-like-ive-never-seen-before-2019-could-be-the-worst-year-ever-for-u-s-corn-farmers

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23 thoughts on “Early frost could be total disaster in Farm Belt”

  1. Quote: In all of U.S. history we have never witnessed anything like this ever before. We have seen endless rain and catastrophic flooding month after month so far in 2019, and the middle of the country is still getting pummelled at this moment.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sunspot_Numbers.png
    I’m sure our American cousins will correct me but:
    Until well after 1750 much of North America was settled by sea and mostly in the east coastal /region and major navigable rivers.
    The effects of the LALIA, Orrt, Wolf, Spoorer, Maunder, and Dalton Grand Solar Minimums, or the cold to tepid Gleissberg 70 year periods between each GSM event have not been recorded, or even experienced by any Western scholar except for Dalton 1790-1820, the modern Gleissberg period 1890 to 1940 and this Modern GSM 2008- 2031.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunder_Minimum
    The effects of Grand Solar Minimums of harsh winters baking summers, 10 yearlong droughts were not visible to American Land based diarists or climate historians documenting weather events, in Central North America as has happened with the Chinese or since the 10th Century in European religious houses. The North American Grass lands coped with such snow and rain fall soaking it up like a sponge. Machine managed farm land, which it is now, cannot cope with such conditions.
    http://www.anglistik.uni-bayreuth.de/de/basic_info/mat_lit/am_timeline/index.html
    The world will cope with this GSM with another, following, each and every 172 year cyclic period until the Earth reaches the Glaciation tipping point into the absolute cold to come. With the inevitable KM’s of ice to come, we have 1500 years to rehearse our survival processes for the Human species, or not, and go from the light into the darkness to come. After 55,000 years even glass will have been turned in to beads of sand.

  2. Looks like you were right all along Bob. “We’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice.”

  3. On a side note, imagine if the entire region in America currently being inundated by rain was—should AOC or Biden or any other liberal green lunatic have their way—dependent on solar power for their electricity. We truly would be back to Middle Ages living conditions!

  4. What about 1927 when more than twenty-seven thousand square miles flooded after nine months of heavy rain from Summer 1926 into Spring 1927?
    I’ve seen the phrase “worst flooding in US history”, referencing this year’s floods, several times with no challenge. The 1927 floods are a very well known event and much worse.

    • No, Shoki, the 1927 flood or natural catastrophe was not worse in aerial coverage or duration…not even close.

    • US population 1926=117.4 mill
      US population 2019=329 mill and counting with over 100 000/mo illegals coming for food stamps and free housing, medicare. Ask Senders and AOC for more details; Biden is too stupid for a coherent answer.

  5. One thing I’ve noticed about Corn growth in Simcoe county Ontario.
    The corn plants I’ve spotted in my travels are very short like 2 to 3 inches tall. Clearly the situation needs more observation before calling it crop failure but I suspect farmers are going to need a different choice of crops preferably crops that tolerate cool wet growing conditions.

    • This whole year weather-wise has been a train wreck. My garden is at least a month behind where it was last year.

    • I don’t know Steve. Last year at this time we were hot and dry. I am in Bruce County. The main characteristic of southern Ontario weather is great year-to-year variability.

      Still thousands of unplanted acres in the Province in this probably worst-in-living memory Spring season. Interesting that it still isn’t a major story in the national news.

      • Patience Ian. Late this summer or early fall the problem should be impossible to deny and much of the world will be living off of food reserves or different kinds of food…. Until those reserves run out and then things get interesting. We have not seen famine in first or second world nations for quite a while and society has changed since then and not for the better.

      • “probably worst-in-living memory Spring season. Interesting that it still isn’t a major story in the national news.”

        I’ll go out on a limb and say, the reason why it isn’t in the national news is because the national news promotes the global warming narrative.
        From what I recall, the global warming narrative states we should be seeing warmer & earlier springs, not cool and wet, & late springs.
        You can bet if we were consistently seeing warm March’s, and April’s, etc. it would make headline news every spring.

  6. We should start large scale cultivation of American groundnut immediately. It produces a sustaining tasty starchy tuber that is a pest free perennial which survives in ground through the winter and thrives in, actually prefers wet conditions. It can save us in the mini ice age if all other crops fail to cope.

    • The peanut, also known as the groundnut, goober, or monkey nut (UK), and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers.
      If you’re up for an adventure, you may want to consider growing American groundnuts, or potato beans, in your garden next year. This beautiful, perennial vine bears the botanical name Apios americana, indicating that it is indigenous to the Americas. Its native range extends from Northeastern Canada down to Florida and west to Texas and the Dakotas.

  7. Hello
    I’d like to know if There are differences beetween no till FARMING and conventional FARMING this year
    Could the farmers visiting this blog answer

  8. How about a shift from planting annual crops every year to planting perennials that will come up on their own every year and thrive in rainy conditions.

    Missouri is always intensely green in the summer, but I have not seen such lush green and vibrant flowering in the landscape since I lived in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, where it rains steadily 8 months of the year.

    Most plants love the extra rain. To stubbornly insist on trying to grow the few varieties that do not like it is a form of insanity that will doom many people.

    The same farmers who are crying over their lost corn are probably bitching because they have to mow their lawns twice a week all summer now since it got so wet. Get a clue, people!

    • Here In southern Ontario, if we went back to the way we farmed in the 1950’s, many of these problems could be reduced. At that time, most farms outside of the intensive fruit and veg areas were integrated crop and livestock enterprises. As much as three-quarters of the land grew perennial forages (hay/pasture), with the balance of the acreage seeded to annual crops. So any given field would be under perennial cover 3/4 of the time.

      Of course, this would not suit the climate crisis warriors, because they are convinced that burping cattle and sheep will turn the Earth into Venus. The majority are committed vegans, as well.

      It would seem to me that grazing livestock on perennial pastures is a fairly environmentally benign form of agriculture. Of course, this would mean that we would have to eat meat and milk, which is apparently something we are supposed to feel guilty about these days.

  9. Julian-
    Thank you so much for sharing info on the American groundnut. It sounds like a real winner. I will definitely be planting it in my native Missouri garden.

    I wonder if the farmers will ever figure out that native North American plants are going to survive better than those imported from Central America and the Middle East.

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