Wettest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember

Wettest year EVER.

“You hear words like biblical, unprecedented,” said Sherman Newlin, a corn and soybean farmer in Illinois. The planting season has been “a disaster.”

Newlin said he has been rained out most days since he started planting on May 17. He did manage to sow corn on about 60% of his acreage, but standing water and muddy fields likely will drag down yields.

Never a spring planting season like this one

The 12 months that ended with April were the wettest ever for the contiguous U.S.  Rivers topped their banks. Levees breached. Fields filled with water and mud. And it kept on raining.

Corn plantings are further behind schedule for this time of year than they have been in records dating to 1980.

Analysts are predicting an unheard-of 6 million acres intended for the grain may simply go unsown this year.

“Every farmer that I talk to says, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Tom Sleight, CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, a trade group.


See slideshow showing Midwest flooding earlier this year:

Thanks to Laurel for this link

“But what is produced in better areas should bring reasonable prices as totals grown drop,” says Laurel. “And trump mandated more ethanol, which seeing as it’s gmo crap is prob the best use of the muck. ”God help the cows n pigs getting the stover n ethanol waste though.”


31 thoughts on “Wettest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember”

  1. Im shiverring in june walking home from work every evening in southern ontario. Gonna drop down to 5 degrees celsius tonight. The black walnuts and locust trees are not fully leafed out yet. Probably wont plant tomatoes this year. Too bloody cold.
    Farmers are in bad shape here too. Too wet and when it isnt raining its not warm enough and so barely dries out fields at all really.

    • and SE Aus in winter is tonight 5c..not looking good for you, we had a very slow start to summer down here with low night temps mild days and the soils didnt warm till january way too late for everything i planted to get roots in and start producing, looks like same for you;( try and stock up on any produce to store dry/preserved etc as the following months look as grim as ours has been. I have been lucky and got windfall apples and other fruits people were going to use for stockfood to fill my larder more effort but its good food if you take the time and dont mind bruised bits and marked skins…all removeable.

  2. You do realise that we are talking about the end here.
    People are going to starve.
    It’s not just that prices will rise, there simply won’t be enough to go around.
    And next year will probably be far worse, and the year after that.
    I know you shouldn’t start a sentence with “And”.
    How else can you get people to smell the coffee ?

    • Wrong, a US famine is only the end if the rest of the world has the same problem or if the rest of the world has no problems but tell US to go hike.

      Global politicians have two choices: to punish ordinary US folks to get at their Government officials; or to say the US has helped others in the past, now is time to help the US.

      Time will tell which scenarios play out.

      • Wrong – the US feeds a lot of people around the world. Adjustments are possible but while the rich world adjusts the poor will starve. Overall, standards of nutrition will decline.

      • We also have a problem here in Australia, have just imported a ship load of wheat from Canada, because of drought in New South Wales and Queensland. Eastern states as above, 2018 summer crop just did not get out of the ground, severely stunted, and certainly only produced a fraction of normal. Expecting to see prices rising in the supermarkets in the next few months for any wheaten products.

      • You can’t seriously think that all these crop losses are limited to the US. It’s very well documented that other countries are experiencing massive losses in not just crops but livestock.

    • Stephen the end is the beginning. Yes thing are going to get bad and lots of people are going to die of various causes.
      Mean,nasty but probably unavoidable. Too many will not believe there is a problem until it kills them and they don’t want to hear about it before hand either. The wise ,crafty and the fit will have to carry on and rebuilt a society that works when possible and that for better or worse is the best that can be done.. Keep a record of how screwed up the old civilization was to serve as an object lesson for future generations. Save a record of mankind’s achivements and inventions also. It will make it easier to recover from a dark age.

  3. Kind of funny, in a sad way, to see
    0 thoughts on “Wettest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember”
    after my comment.

    I guess 0 thoughts just about sums up the situation.

    • Wet and cool in SoCal too. I hear planting is delayed in the inland empire. I sowed fresh Bermuda grass this spring and it took over a month to germinate due to cold soil conditions, and at some points it looked like a pond with all the rain. I can’t imagine what the farmers are dealing with in this part of the world because they grow crops year round. Forget about planting anything for most of the winter here. Good luck getting anything to grow even if you can get the machines out there to plant with. Nice aside though, plenty of water to go around these days.

  4. We have the Southwest including California. What will China N Korea ; well all of Eurasia and the mideast do! …what will they do?

  5. This is for Robert. THANX DUDE!! Eyes open no fear. Nobody said the Red Pill was easy to swallow. I sit here in a sunny cold Port Hadlock. Volcanoes, Earthquakes, collapsing magnetosphere, sunspot minimum… the future is now

  6. Watched a program called “What Happened After Braveheart”. The Scottish invasion of English Ireland. The army was deterred by crop failure for 3 years due to the changes. This seems to be the beginning pattern that we are seeing.

  7. Much of it will still be planted, otherwise the farmers can’t recover loss from the crop insurance program. But it won’t be a productive crop by any stretch of imagination. The full magnitude of this disaster won’t be felt until late summer harvest (or “non-harvest”). Food prices and also gas prices (ethanol) will skyrocket heading into the fall.

  8. Stephen-
    Yer preachin’ to the choir.
    Robert’s been saying just that for quite a few years now.

  9. The climate problems being faced in North America during this GSM were not experienced by historians during the last GSM 1790 to 1820 -. Other than, Native American Indians whose history is a spoken history, very few, if any, recorded the climate effects of a GSM from North West America to the South East of America following the drainage routes of the major rivers other than the 13 states on the East Coast, and that area is mild in comparison to the mid-west.
    Unlike our modern AGW dry and warm history since 1950 a manufactured, and modified climate history to suit a left leaning political objectives, cold doesn’t exist only as a snap, or will never happen again (snow), do this or that (usually cease an activity sniffed at by the interfering elites) and the weather will turn nice again.
    Those being born now might see a return to benign warm weather by the time they are in their seventies. The rest of us might have to wait until summer to kick the bucket, so they can dig the holes to put us in.
    This is written from the perspective of a Cold, Wet, and Windy UK, just prior to the 6th June when another storm 75 years ago relented to provide a window for the Anglo Saxons and the Free French to return to liberate Europe from another form of dicatorial socialism, at such a great cost in lives and which provided such great rewards of freedom and liberty to all.

    • Jim Bob I seriously doubt the Natives would be of much assistance when it comes to their oral history regarding the last little ice age. One would need a fairly stable social and political establishment in Native society and an interest in taking notice of unusual weather patterns. Given the last 200 to 500 years it is doubtfull that climatology was a tribal interest beyond a certain point and if information was not taught to younger generations all you would get is guess work or even fiction. Long term records requires a written language , diligent record keeping and security of those records. A pretty tall order for a neolithic culture.

  10. Tom, The farmers may still be able to plant but the seeds they will plant will be short maturity and lower yield than what they have been planting. With the ground being so wet, germination may or may not happen. Also, plant diseases flourish in wet conditions so the grain may be unfit for consumption.

    • We’re on the same page. They must plant but they know it won’t grow. Over a third of US corn goes into our gasoline so we can expect huge increases in fuel prices, unless the government reduces the requirement for ethanol in gasoline. All the other stuff that relies on corn will be way up too. T read today (don’t have the reference..) that this year’s corn crop may be the lowest since 1932.

    • Potatoes, turnips, other root crops andcold crops like cabbage, broccoli ought to be planted because that is what farmers in europe except in France did instead of relying on grain crops.
      They also raised more livestock and had the animals fed by grazing on pasture land rather than in feed lots. It was a matter of change the choice of crops or starve.

  11. Laurel says, “And trump mandated more ethanol, which seeing as it’s gmo crap is prob the best use of the muck.”

    trump? You mean, President Trump?

    Sorry farmers, your life’s work is just ‘muck’, say Laurel.

    • I think Laurel misunderstood President Trump’s action. He lifted the BAN on using it in summer months to reduce the burden on suppliers who had to switch products for a 3-4 month period. Sounds good to me.

  12. With the commodity market not providing incentive to risk planting late,many are opting for the prevented planting clause on their insurance and are giving up.

  13. Agriculture has to adapt to a long term cool wet climate or there will be famines. Grains and beans have had a long period of being viable crops because of the modern warm period but that is all over with for a while…. The futures casino should not get in the way of food production and now we need to change the choice of crops to something appropriate to new climatic conditions. Also it is time for more attention to be paid to the use of powdered volcanic rock to remineralize soils and by doing so promote healthy plant growth under adverse growing conditions. If rockdust helped my dwarf cavendish banana plant survive a -20 C Canadian winter (2015) in my car I dare say that it could help grow stuff like potatoes in a mini ice age.

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