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