Norway’s Washout Summer – Farmers Despair

Rain, rain, rain. Rain on 70 out of 72 days! Large crops are lost.
“Same as start of the great famine of 1315,” says reader.

In Western Norway it’s been very wet in some places for 70 out of 72 days as the jet stream has increasingly taken a sojourn over Northwestern Europe, says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn.

70 out of 72 days! That’s 97 percent!

How do you plant in weather like that? How do you harvest your crops? What will you feed your cattle if you’re unable to harvest?

I feel very sorry for the farmers.

Meanwhile, in eastern Norway only six sites have seen temperatures exceed 30°C (86°F) so far this summer.


Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

“Same as what happened during the great famine of 1315-1317, beginning the little ice age!” says Jimmy

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Farmers in Western Norway despair – large crops are lost

Gerd and Olaf have been farmers for almost 40 years. They have never experienced a worse summer.
“The animals do not want to go into this shit either,” says Olaf. “And if they go, their teats get dirty, and then milk quality can be a problem.”


28 thoughts on “Norway’s Washout Summer – Farmers Despair”

  1. I distinctly remember the first time I saw the documentary “Little Ice Age – Big Chill” ten or twelve years ago. One thing that really stuck with me from that doc was a British historian (Whose name escapes me) that talked about the very beginning of that cold period saying “It began to rain, and it rained, and it rained, and it rained…”.

    Crops, especially cereal crop upon which the peasants depended for the majority of their daily caloric intake, either could not be planted (Too cold and wet) or severe weather events would push much of the heavy grain stalks into the ground where the moisture would cause it to spoil.

    I believe that in this more modern era we know better how to substitute crops more suitable for a wetter, cooler climate like perhaps more potatoes and less wheat. Still, the long-term effects of such a seismic shift in crops would be a massive disruption to society and the basic economy. I mean, I know pigs will eat damn near anything, but can cattle eat potatoes or will they continue to be grain fed for the last few weeks before they are slaughtered? Or will even that make beef too expensive for the average family?

    I suspect the answer to that is no and in five to ten years ever a small hamburger from Micky-D’s will become much too expensive to be considered a cheap staple of the obese masses, which probably isn’t all bad.

    • You suggest potatoes, but they will not grow in extremely wet conditions either, they catch a nasty blight which makes them rot in the ground, unless you know of varieties that will grow in those conditions. Also temperature is a consideration, they do not like it too cold. I still remember Dad trying to grow them when I was a child, they were inclined to catch everything going, from fungus blight, in the end he gave up, just too much hard work for the poor return. But he grew everything else with success, beans, fruit trees, pumpkins, tomatoes, corn.
      I used google search to check out potatoes and wet conditions, , among the first articles I found were the Irish Famine, too wet to plant in Aust, in premium growing state being victoria, that explains why they are soooo expensive here in aust, a small bag costing about $8.00, we have cut back on usage due to price.

      • I agree with your comment about potatoes not growing well if too wet, due to blight, etc. … but cold doesn’t sound right.

        The best potato growing region in the US is Idaho, which is a bit arid but gets long cold winters. The 2nd best growing region in the US is Maine, which is more humid and also gets long cold winters (well below freezing for months). The key is, they grow the crop in the summer… not winter.

        But carrots can be grown under straw or hay bales year round in Maine… and that awful stuff KALE. I know because years ago I lived in Maine one winter and visited a friend in the middle of winter who dug up carrots from her garden under the hay bales and kale directly from the garden, after digging through several feet of snow.

    • ok
      spuds rot in wet ground, and if they werent rotted hungry cattle would eat them
      their best chance is for turnips swedes and mangel wurzles and beets, they can cope with fairly wet soils and are ood fodder
      thing is while feeding grains is “trendy” due to CAFO idiots promoting it
      grains arent best for the animals gut
      so the rain will allow pasture grasses to flourish as long as its not also frosty and cold slowing growth up.
      cattle can and have been fed food waste from processing plants ie peels inc citrus and lollies chips n biscuits as well
      they quite like it;-)
      mightnt be a good longterm diet but it suffices
      that said a huge majority of the stuff we used to collect from a pickle factory tomato skin and vegie trims to feed cows nowdays is sold off for decent cash to go to processing for the supplement and food industry to “value add”
      ie the citrus goes to supplements and to make hand cleaners, the beets go to be dried as high priced pulp feed additive for horses etc some goes to be used for colouring to replace toxic chem ones in lollies etc. tomato and grape skins go to be used to make astaxanthin/canthaxaxin based supplements also.
      in aus today a small pathetic cheeseburger is just under $6
      poor people eat pasta and beans, and theyre healthier choices;-)

    • Mate, the prospect of starvation is very serious and no it wouldn’t just make you slim. Malnutrition will make you ill. You get me?
      A Big Mac, fries and coke is already £5.99. And what if you’ve got a family? I am also concerned about the brewing and distilling industries. Even if you don’t drink they provide key employment now don’t they?
      Before real disaster strikes I would expect rising prices and people being forced to buy cheaper, inferior quality, Tesco’s own brands, boring but eating out and luxury living a distant memory.
      Obesity, diabetes, cancer etc may INCREASE as a creeping ‘sub-nutrition’ develops.
      You will probably also see a war as it is all too easy to blame other groups as the source of all your current trouble e.g. Islamic Fundamentalists, Right Wing extremists, corrupt politicians, greedy banks and corporations. I expect a riot.
      Could expand but I had better let someone else speak.

      • It’s time to look at the seed bank that the Norwegians have and select heirloom grains that grow in wetter and cooler environments. Rye, millet, oats? I like gmo seeds targeting disease resistance. But I am not politically correct when it comes to having food for my family.

  2. The item quotes Piers Corbyn.

    What happened to his WeatherAction subscription service for North America?

    He was about a month and a half late as of two weeks ago when I found I could no longer log in.

  3. In the great famine of 1315-1317, parents dared not let their children out of the house, because their neighbors would catch them, kill them and eat them.

    • hell no, you dont let em out
      they mighta needed the protein for their own use..
      yeah being cheeky
      but for the irish and others in famines it was a real option and did happen.
      the jokes that arent funny re famines like if you have a only barks once. seem to be happening in sth america venezuela right now inc killing animals in zoos. oughta be a clear warning

  4. one can read about lost crops since last year in eastern EU and southern EU(Italy) due to too cold temperature and heavy snowfall; then the period of ‘lucifer’ in southern EU this summer due far too warm temperature. Now Norway, the northern part caused by too many raindrops. Despite all that negative news about food, the attention of people isn’t focused on food prices as all can be engineered as them is told for decades by scientists and politicians. Even climate can be turned off and on, rather simple. Isnt’t it?

  5. I concur.. this is our third year of torrential rainstorms with almost record lows, alternating with a week of record HIGH temps and dry weather. The crops are stressed. Blight has been appearing. WE are stressed. It is mid-August here in West Virginia and the tomatoes are JUST starting to ripen. Many are rotting on the vines.. heavy cloud cover, heavy rain, and lack of sun. I am using half of the crop as fodder for the poultry right now. Not a lot of produce for local markets.. we are keeping the best for ourselves.. canning and freezing the good stuff!

    • Caroline, I live just east of you in Highland County, Va. It has been a cool August here as well. And lots of rain.

    • These skills are gonna come in handy real soon, I’m afraid.

      I wonder if we’ll have some version of the Turnip Winter repeat: my potatoes were reeeeaaal small.

  6. That’s where the Hanzel and Gretle story is from. Not witches! Starving neighbors. I believe that is also from The Little Ice Age, children’s story to keep children from actually being eaten.

  7. Ditto for Canada. Lots of rain related crop losses this year. Alberta had epic hailstorms in July. I’m serious.
    Also – I learned that The Great Irish Potato Famine was caused by the Dalton Minimum. 1 million people starved and another million fled.

  8. Living just south of Bergen, Norway, I can vouch for the rotten weather we’ve had this year. I planted some parsnip seeds back in March / April time and they are still seedlings – a very kind friend called them bonsai veggies! I’ve mowed the grass about 3 or 4 times this year and although it needs cutting again now I can’t due to it always being wet. The local farmers grow grass as a crop here, taking 2 cuts or possibly 3 cuts in a nice summer. This year, if the rumours I’m hearing are true, the second cut is doubtful. I think it’s long enough but the moisture content is too high for silage.

  9. Previous down periods were in times when the earth’s human population never exceeded a few hundred million. With a population of 7.5 billion now (heading towards nine) the world is totally different. The consequences of simultaneous rapid severe weather shifts and other natural phenomena are unimaginable.

  10. my local rain to date
    Average rainfall to Aug 342.8mm 107.8 day(s)
    Total for 2017 419.0mm 99 day(s)
    Total to this day 2016 352.4mm 116 day(s)

    i have 7 and 3 hectares in 2 blocks
    i have 2 tractors
    both are immobile
    my big block is now close to 1/4 flooded
    the houseblock is impassable without gumboots and i sink to ankles in mud in parts and i only weigh 60kilos
    i thought my dearest old girl dog was having a seizure last week
    she had got all four legs stuck to hocks and couldnt move and was rocking madly trying to free her feet.
    im glad i hadnt got anything planted as i was worried re mouse plague n losing it
    well if i planted rice..for the 2nd yr in a row i may have had a crop;-/
    and we have at least a week more coming they say
    the ENSO swung fast from +.5 to neutral and down came the rains;-)

    • Why don’t people COMMUNICATE properly,

      Laurel, according to this post:-
      [a] You don’t say what COUNTRY you live in, let alone your locality within that country !
      [b] I live in Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Wales UK, and we have also had a wettish stormy August following lovely weather in April , May and June. July and Aug have been changeable due to the jet stream being too far south.

      I predicted a wet August back in the winter…….WHICH WAS CALMER AND DRIER THAN AVERAGE.

      We had long High Pressures then at 52 degrees North in Wales.
      [Good old Gulf Stream keeps us mild in winter.]

      Our weather always AVERAGES OUT over 2 or 3 years………HIGH follows LOW …….just as night follows day !!

      So I reckon we will have High Pressure and dry weather in Wales in September 2017.
      Laurel……your script and phraseology makes you sound American….BUT WHERE?

  11. I heard of an article that said Africa could produce enough to feed the world. Some areas are prone to drought, but I think the rest will do well in the ice age. China is pouring billions into infrastructure there so I guess they already know whats about to occur and have been preparing for some time. For others, you might invest in plastic tunnels to grow some staple food in, also microgreens which you can grow indoors. Pots under the veranda. Stock pile canned food and dry, like pulses, which will keep, extra clothes especially for kids growing – different sizes. At least you will be one step ahead when it does create a big problem.

  12. Reply to Tina. Yep. Stockpile now. Food prices will increase on a parabolic basis, and this site has covered quite a few cases of food rationing already happening in different parts of the world due to bad harvests. I am not a Mormon but the Mormon 4 is a good starting point and a lot of food for thought.

  13. I went on holiday two weeks ago to the Norwegian fjords and there are still plenty of snow patches on the mountains. On an excursion they said the snow only started melting on the peaks a month earlier.

  14. The british aggravated the famine by selling the wheat out of Ireland. Too valuable to feed the irish. However, they were only using one potato variety, thus setting up the blight and famine.

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