Thousands of farms destroyed – Food prices to skyrocket – Flooding to continue

Millions of acres of farmland are underwater, millions of bushels of wheat, corn and soybeans have been destroyed, and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of livestock have been lost, writes Michael Snyder.

With more than 90 percent of the upper Midwest and Great Plains covered by an average of 10.7 inches of snow, and with all of that snow starting to melt, NOAA is warning of historic, widespread flooding through May.

Thousands of farmers are not going to be able to plant crops this year,” says Snyder “and thousands of others have been financially ruined and will never return to farming again.”

“This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and it is going to get a whole lot worse.

“All-time flooding records will continue to be shattered along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, but the National Weather Service is telling us that nearly “the entire eastern two-thirds of the nation” will be dealing with flooding this spring…

The Midwest floods are “a preview of what we expect throughout the rest of the spring,” said National Weather Service deputy director Mary Erickson. “The flooding this year could be … even worse than the historic floods we saw in 1993 and 2011.

Snyder expects food prices to soar, and is troubled by the fact “that most Americans don’t seem to understand the gravity of what we are facing.”

Thanks to Don Brown and Bill Sellers for these links

18 thoughts on “Thousands of farms destroyed – Food prices to skyrocket – Flooding to continue”

  1. ” millions of bushels of wheat, corn and soybeans have been destroyed”
    Question: Is this referring to crops in the ground? or grains in storage? I can understand winter wheat being destroyed but I don’t think the Missouri river farmers had planted spring crops yet.

  2. and from this loss of indebted farmers comes?
    even more big agri fast cheap landgrabbing as theyre sold up by the banks or they decide to give up anyway.
    and if the normal scenario follows as it has everytime prior prices go sky high and rarely come down too much after
    ie bread prices in aus rose a lot in a drought some yrs ago
    next yr was great but the prices stayed at max pretty much auswide.

  3. how many years have you been warning us Robert. Quoting from memory we will be fighting in the streets long before the ice gets us.
    Here in Australia we are in the same boat, thousands of cattle destroyed in the north, drowned, and wheat crop at lowest levels since the 1990’s due to widespread drought in wheat growing areas.
    Big guy up above has finally delivered us the remains of two cyclones, that have hit the far north & west in the last few days, is raining inland queensland now, but without follow up rain not worth the trouble.

  4. Well glory be, you Americans might just have to buy from overseas.

    Of course, everyone will happily sell to s nation that goes to war everywhere and wants war with Russia.

    If I were Vladimir Putin, I might make it quite clear that I will be generous this once, but any more economic war against Russia means whistling for any help the next time you screw up your domestic agriculture……

    • Frankly Russia will be in the same boat, they have had a complete series of harsh winters on the trot for the last 10 years.
      The Northern Hemispere may well have to get used to the Modern GSM of Cold, Wet and very windy weather for the next 30 odd years, it might start to warm back up to 1900 levels by 2056.

      • And when there is no wheat to go and get?
        Australia for example only produces a fraction of the wheat that America does, and that is only if au has a good year with some rain. This last year the NSW crop has all but failed completely due to the level of the drought. We now have rain the last few days, and I believe the outlook is better, but will also need follow-up rain otherwise the winter crop will fail again, and winter in the wheat growing areas of Qld, and NSW are usually dry.

  5. They keep comparing this year to 2011 and 1993. I realize that there were some record high flood stages reported, but in general do we know how this might compare to similar events prior to say 1950?

  6. Nobody seems to be talking about when all this water gets to New Orleans……………………………..

  7. The US will continue to be the worlds largest producer and exporter of food, despite the floods. But in a world of scarcity, prices will be higher. Richer importers like China and Japan will pay the higher prices but poorer countries like Yemen, some African countries, Haiti and Cuba will go hungrier. Ditto Venezuela if Maduro stays.

  8. So it begins. A rerun of the 14th century or even the little ice age. Bad weather due to solar minimums, crop failure, food reserve depletion, famine, plague, social upheaval, political revolution and war.
    No one can say they did not know or didn’t see it coming.
    The internet took away those lame excuses.

  9. Grain bins have perforated floors for aeration fans to blow air through. Bins get partially submerged,the grain swells and begins to spoil.Many bins have split open from the pressure and dumped their contents in the water.This grain cannot be used for feed or ethanol because that grain is also used for livestock feed after the starch is turned into ethanol

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