Frozen corn in South Dakota in late June

“Seeing frost damage from both North Dakota and South Dakota… File this one as tweets I didn’t expect to see in late June. @USFarmReport”

Also pics of damaged chickpeas in Manitoba and reports of damaged canola south of Battleford.

Freeze/Frost damaged crops in the Dakotas:
https://twitter.com/Tyne_Ag/status/879678704976265218

Frozen corn in SD. In late June.
https://twitter.com/JLB04/status/879862168040157188

https://twitter.com/Lee_Briese/status/879396683586600964

Only in ND u get frost on 36″ tall corn on June 26th
|https://twitter.com/jsfjohnson/status/880765064051134468\

Thanks to Mom2kids for these links

Has anyone else heard reports of frozen crops in the Dakotas, Saskatchewan or Manitoba?


16 thoughts on “Frozen corn in South Dakota in late June

  1. I’m not a follower of food related futures prices but this sort of thing has got to result in price increases.

  2. If you want a better USA you have to vote out the owned and bought 2 major parties at the next midterms.

    The USA whether the people relaise it or not is run by the priavte owners of the FED. Woodrow sold you out in 1913.

  3. I have just had an interesting note from a friend of mine who lives in South Dakota:

    ‘It was a headline in this weeks paper in our small town. This is no joke. The weird thing is that it only happened in certain spots. Almost like it was targeted.

    I’ve never heard of this in my life but then again I haven’t been a Farmer all my life.

    Other farmers around here certainly are flabbergasted by it because it only hit certain particular places.’

    • Sandy/Sandstone/Shale areas are more likely to be frost hollows than Clay soils. Clay tends to retain water content than sandy as the latter drains much more effectively into the Sub soil.

      Cannock Chase in the English Midlands is a Sand Stone rising plug of heath land 26 miles by 12 miles at the base and to a height of 600 ft. higher than the River Trent to its North East.
      The heath land is very frost prone, yet the clay river bottom area is not.

      A second feature of air frosts is that the cold air flows like a river as it’s much denser than slightly warmer air which is still losing heat.

      Where you have a slightly inclined plain the drainage dips or valleys,channel the cold frosty air and dips the temperature even more, than the surrounding still air. What is even more surprising is the river of 0C- cold air can be as little as 12ft in height and the width of the valley feature.

  4. Whst happens when this spreads to the rest of the world?
    We will really be fighting in the streets before long!

    • Not so. Food shortages are another con. A town of 500 people could easily be fed from about five backyard gardens and some free running chickens.

  5. I remember a time when corn was not planted that far north. Barley and oats dominated. The reason was late frost risk. I suspect now that the cycle has turned, barley and oats will again gain favor.

    Likely, too, the use of buckwheat as a catch crop.

    Common farming in the 1960s…

    Per “targeted”:

    IMHO, the strong microbust downdrafts I learned about in ground school (private plane) and downed many planes in the 60s & 70s have also returned. Trees now shimmer in drafts next to others that are still. That wind must be vertical…

    • Also cold air settles into low spots.”Offical” low of 36F probably measured at 6ft.level at the local airport may equal 22F killing frost at ground level in the lowest parts of a farm field.

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