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Dead Crops, Extreme Drought And Endless Wildfires Are Now The New Normal In America

As you read this, the United States is experiencing the worst drought it has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  As you read this, nearly half of all corn crops in the United States are in "poor" or "very poor" condition.  As you read this, 38 major wildfires are ripping across the central and western United States.  The brutal wildfires in Oklahoma have been so bad that they have made national headlines.  The price of corn has hit a brand new record high this summer and so has the price of soybeans.  More than half of all the counties in this country have been declared to be "natural disaster areas" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at this point.  Things are so bad for ranchers that the CEO of Smithfield Foods is projecting that meat prices will rise by "significant double digits" in the months ahead.  Sadly, this drought is projected to continue throughout August and into September.  As you will read about below, some meteorologists are even openly postulating that there may not be enough moisture to avoid another drought next year.  Yes, things are really bad this year, but when you step back and take a look at the broader picture they become truly frightening.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of July 31st close to two-thirds of the continental United States was experiencing at least some level of drought....

Keep in mind that brown is "severe drought", red is "extreme drought" and dark brown in "exceptional drought".

This is truly a historic drought.  We have never seen anything like this in modern times in the United States.

The week before, this is how the U.S. Drought Monitor described conditions in the center of the country....

"Over 90 percent of the topsoil was short or very short of moisture in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, with virtually all (99 percent) short or very short in Missouri and Illinois"

There had been some hope that rain would bring relief to farmers in the central part of the country, but instead things just keep getting worse and worse.

At this point, close to half of all corn being grown in the U.S. is either in "poor" or "very poor" condition.

For ranchers, the outlook is even more dismal.  The following is from a recent CNN article....

Nearly three-quarters of the nation's cattle acreage is now inside a drought-stricken area, as is about two-thirds of the country's hay acreage, the agency reported.

What that means is that a lot of animals are being slaughtered now and the price of meat is going to be moving substantially higher later in the year.

The following is what the CEO of Smithfield Foods, Larry Pope, recently told the Financial Times....

Beef is simply going to be too expensive to eat. Pork is not going to be too far behind. Chicken is catching up fast. Are we really going to take protein away from Americans?

He also told the Financial Times that he expects meat prices to rise by "significant double digits".

Those are very frightening statements.

The CEO of a major food company says that beef is going to "be too expensive to eat"?

That doesn't sound good at all.

Meanwhile, this drought is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the United States....

"When I was a kid in the '50s ... it got real dry, but nothing like this," said Marvin Helms, a 70-year-old farmer and rancher in central Arkansas who was compelled to sell his beef cattle after being short on feed.

His thousand acres of farmland near Arkadelphia include corn and soybeans, which Helms says is normally sufficient to sustain his family and provide for his cattle.

"We've got some insurance on the crops, but it's not enough," he said. "It will help, but it won't pay the bills."

Of course the federal government is going to step in and try to help these farmers and ranchers, but the truth is that the federal government is already drowning in debt.  Any additional help will have to be done with more borrowed money.

It is hard to describe how oppressive the heat and the drought have been in the middle part of the nation this year.  We have seen some unprecedented things happen.

Another major problem throughout the central part of the country right now is all of the horrible wildfires that are ravaging the wilderness areas.  The following is from a recent Chicago Tribune article about the recent fires in Oklahoma....

Wildfires burned out of control on Friday in Oklahoma, destroying homes and shutting down highways in a state that has suffered 18 straight days of 100-plus degree temperatures and persistent drought.

Emergency officials counted 11 different wildfires around the state, with at least 65 homes destroyed in parched areas north and south of Oklahoma City and south of Tulsa.

Oklahoma joins several states that have been plagued by wildfires this summer, including Colorado, Arkansas and Nebraska. Fires are being fed by a widespread drought.

But these fires in Oklahoma are only part of a very distressing long-term trend.  As I have written about previously, 6 of the 10 worst years for wildfires ever recorded in the United States have all come since the year 2000.

Another major change that we have seen is that massive dust storms called "haboobs" are becoming much more frequent in the southwest part of the country.

Just the other day, a dust storm that was approximately 2,000 feet high and nearly 100 kilometers wide ripped through the city of Phoenix, Arizona at 35 miles an hour.

Such events were once very rare in Phoenix.

But not anymore.

Meanwhile, much of the central and western United States is rapidly running out of water.

And I am not just talking about surface water.

A lot of the key aquifers that have allowed us to build cities and irrigate crops in the western half of the United States are being drained completely dry.  The following is from a recent San Diego Union-Tribune article about what is happening in California....

Few places in Southern California is that more evident than the desert sands of Borrego Springs, where residents, farmers and golf course operators are sucking about four times as much water from the ground each year as nature replaces.

They’ve been pumping so hard for so long that the community’s main aquifer could essentially run dry after a few more decades. That’s a dire possibility: A recent study showed it would be prohibitively expensive to build a pipeline to an outside source.

Did you catch that last part?

The truth is that someday entire cities may have to be abandoned because it will be "prohibitively expensive" to build water pipelines stretching hundreds of miles to bring them water.

Sadly, this is not just happening in California.  This kind of thing is going on all over the nation....

Similar concerns are bubbling up along San Diego County’s backcountry and across the nation — particularly in places such as the Central Valley and the Great Plains, where residents have dug deep to withstand a drought that has squeezed the nation’s midsection dry.

“It took Mother Nature in some cases thousands of years to accumulate the water in the aquifers, but we are pumping it out in mere decades,” said Robert Glennon, a law professor and water expert at the University of Arizona. “It’s a huge national and international problem. … It is utterly unsustainable and scary.”

I have previously written about how the largest underground water source in the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer, is being drained at an almost unbelievable pace.  You can read my previous report about the Ogallala Aquifer right here.

So even when this summer ends our problems will be far, far from over.

But right now the most immediate concern is the condition of our corn and our soybeans.

Corn is found in about 74 percent of the products we buy in the supermarket, and it is used to feed livestock all over the country.

In addition, the United States exports more food to the rest of the world than anyone else does.

So if our crops fail that is a very big deal.

Right now, it is being reported that this drought "will likely cost the U.S. food export industry billions in lost revenue."

Considering the fact that the "employment rate" in the United States is lower than it was during the last recession and that the U.S. economy is in the midst of a horrible long-term economic decline, this is the last thing that we need.

And what happens to all of the countries that are depending on us for food?

A recent Wired article had this startling headline....

"U.S. Drought Could Cause Global Unrest"

When people cannot feed their families, they tend to lose it.

Unfortunately, this year might just be the beginning.

According to a recent article in the Guardian, some scientists say that the drought has been so bad this year that it is going to take a "freak event" to avoid catastrophic damage to next year's corn crops....

What matters now is whether there will be enough rain to get next year's crops off to a good start.

"This drought isn't going anywhere," he said. "The damage is already done. What you are looking for is enough moisture to avert a second year of drought," he said.

However, Svoboda conceded that might require a freak event, especially in the mid-west which has already passed its rain season. "In the entire corn belt, from Indiana to Nebraska to the Dakotas, we have already reached the maximum precipitation periods for year. From here on in, it's all downhill," Svoboda said.

"As far as widespread general relief for the whole region it would take a really freakish dramatic change to make that happen. That doesn't appear to be in the cards, given the time of year we are in."

The skies are dry and our fields are scorched.

Our crops our failing and millions of acres are burning.

Our groundwater supplies are being rapidly depleted and giant dust storms are sweeping across some of our major cities.

Welcome to the new normal.

It isn't going to be pleasant.

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  • Mark

    If you dig yourself in the hole. The first thing you should do is to stop digging.

    If a good portion of corn in Midwest has already been burned up, should the first step we take is to stop burning corn to fuel our cars?

    Mark

  • NorthernCanuck

    Rice, wheat and corn, the Big Three…

    “Rice Hoard Offers World Respite as Food Costs Surge: Commodities
    By Luzi Ann Javier and Supunnabul Suwannakij – August 7, 2012

    At a time when droughts are driving corn and soybeans to all-time highs, farmers are set to reap a record rice crop and Thailand is building the biggest stockpile in at least five decades, helping avoid a global food crisis.

    The largest exporting nation bought 11 million metric tons as of July, enough to supply the six biggest importers, Commerce Ministry data show. As corn farmers from the U.S. to Ukraine endure drought, paddy fields will yield 1.1 million tons more milled grain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts. Benchmark 5-percent Thai white rice will drop 14 percent to $480 a ton by Dec. 31, according to the median of 10 estimates from traders and analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
    Enlarge image Rice Hoard Offers World Respite as Food Costs Surge

    Shipments of the staple for half the world will expand 2.6 percent to a record in 2012-2013, the USDA predicts. Those exports combined with Thailand’s stockpiles, which may be cut to clear space for the next harvest, are a buffer against grain reserves seen at the lowest in at least five years. Cheaper rice may contain global food costs the United Nations predicts will rebound, ending a retreat to a 21-month low in June.

    “Rice is the only bright spot which is keeping us away from a global food crisis,” said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist at the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization in Rome. “The corn situation is very worrisome, while with wheat, the overall supply situation is still adequate.”…”
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-06/rice-hoard-offers-world-respite-as-food-costs-surge-commodities.html

    “Drought goes against the grain as global food crisis builds
    by Glenn Dyer
    Monday, 6 August 2012

    Four years after riots over the cost and shortage of tortillas and the corn flour used to make them, the Mexican government has moved to protect against a repetition caused by the current crisis in the huge US grain industry caused by the worsening drought. Late last week, Mexico revealed the largest individual corn purchase from the US in more than 20 years to try to limit the cost and improve the availability of flour in the northern winter and spring.

    It is the first sign of a major food consumer (Mexico is the second largest buyer of US corn after Japan) moving to shore up supplies as the US corn and soybean crops wither and die in the worst drought for more than half a century, sending prices to record levels.

    The Mexican deal could see other major buyers, such as Japan, move to follow suit with the most important monthly update on the size and health of the US grain crops (including wheat and soybeans) due this Friday night, our time. The growing crisis in the world grains markets will take centre stage if that report is as bad as many in the US industry suspect…”
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/08/06/drought-goes-against-the-grain-as-global-food-crisis-builds/

    “New report’s world ag outlook is bleak
    Colleen Scherer, Managing Editor, Ag Professional

    Highlights from a new report indicate that the world is about five years into a chronic global food crisis that is not expected to abate for many decades. Despite improvements in agricultural technologies, the global industry faces too many uphill battles to overcome significantly as world population continues to increase, according to the report, “Welcome to Dystopia! Entering a long-term and politically dangerous food crisis,” by Jeremy Grantham, GMO, a global investment management firm…”
    http://www.dairyherd.com/dairy-news/latest/New-reports-world-ag-outlook-is-bleak-164645036.html

  • NorthernCanuck

    Higher global food prices = higher global unrest and riots…

    “Skyrocketing Food Prices Need Political Action

    By David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief
    St. Catharines Standard, Onrario.
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    This week, the speculators who bet on the future price of corn and soybeans have driven the price of those basic staples to all-time highs.

    They think that the hot, dry weather loved by those on vacation this summer – that was me for the last few weeks – is going to translate into some lousy harvests later this year.

    Buyers and sellers in the futures market are betting the U.S. Department of Agriculture crop estimate that’s out this Friday will forecast an American corn harvest that will be the worst in nearly two decades, a result of what some are saying is the worst drought in the American Midwest in more than 50 years.

    Already, some believe that rapidly rising price corn and soybean prices means your grocery store bill will be, on average, 4% higher next year.

    But get this: You are already paying a whole lot more right now for some basic food staples. According to Statistics Canada, a kilogram of ground beef cost an average of about $8.20 this time last year. Now, it’s over $9.20/kg, a jump of 12% in one year. A box of corn flakes is up 10%. A case of cola costs 15% more. A jar of baby food is up more than 6%.

    All this while inflation for the whole economy is running at a very tame 1.5%.

    But the rapid rise in the price of food is not just a Canadian problem. It’s a worldwide problem. In Eastern Europe, the grain harvest is hurting because of drought there. In India, a lousy monsoon season means not enough moisture for a bountiful rice harvest.

    The last time we saw rice and wheat shortages, in 2008, there were riots in about 30 countries. This time around, we’ll see rice, wheat and corn shortages…”
    More at: http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/08/07/skyrocketing-food-prices-need-political-action

    • NorthernCanuck

      “If food pressures recur and are reinforced by fuel price increases, the risks of social collapse and global instability increase to a point where they probably become the major source of international confrontations. China is particularly concerned (even slightly desperate) about resource scarcity, especially food.” – from ‘Welcome to Dystopia! Entering a long-term and politically dangerous food crisis’

      …which probably explains why the Chinese have been rapidly buying up large swathes of available agricultural land on every continent they can. They clearly see what’s coming!

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  • un

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  • neal

    HAARP!

  • R Hamilton

    Some people here are really crazy. Yes, the whole world is in trouble, but the level of denial is what amazes – it isn’t God that’s doing this – you’re not being punished, we are simply being served up the inevitable consequences of our own actions. I note that nowhere on this site do the words “climate change” or “global warming” appear – seems it’s politically incorrect to mention those. Now THAT is denial.
    Since I’m NOT a climate scientist, I don’t have to meet the criteria they have to meet, and be absolutely certain of everything I say – I can, instead, say what I believe to be the truth – just as the religious are allowed to do. This is exactly the sort of thing certain people have been trying to warn you about for 30 years, and you did nothing. You said it wasn’t so. You listened to special interests in whose interest it was to ensure the continuation of “business as usual” or the ” let’s not do anything”, “we don’t like change” crowd. So it’s here. You’ve screwed up, and the whole world, including every animal in it – of which we are only one, will suffer for your pride and your stupidity. It’s only going to get worse. Much worse. Good Luck. You will need it. The damned thing is, so will I. And I am thousands of miles away.

  • R Hamilton

    and further to my above message, consider this: Suppose some genius scientist were to discover a way to reverse this in as few as 10 years, and return the world’s climate to what it was in, say. the 50s, or the70s, even. Would he be allowed to apply his solution? Would he get any help or funding? Maybe, but it wouldn’t matter. He’d be dead within a month of announcing his discovery – why? Because there are a lot of very rich people who are delighted to think that the North-West passage, to China and the Northern Pacific, from the eastern seaboard, Europe and Russia, will soon be open all year. They stand to make a great deal of money if that happens. And they will do anything, even kill us all including themselves for more money (you see, they think that money is real, and important, and can save them from anything bad – whereas the truth is money is a fiction, merely a token for real human effort and ingenuity – it’s not the Rich who supply the effort or the ingenuity, but the rest of us, and unfortunately, they own us, employ us, own the mortgages on our houses etc, etc). If our scientist’s idea looked even remotely like it could succeed, they’d make sure he’d be dead before most people knew his name. That’s why we are not going to get out of this. Powerful (because they are) Rich interests will finish us all.

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  • jerry sweet

    we as a body of fragmented believers allowed God to be kicked out.not a whimper from the socalled dead churches.roe-v-wade homosexual unions etc,in fact if its Godless we jump on it.a nation that forgets God is doomed.we are in the beginnings and they are rapidly coming to a close.john adams stated i believe in 1789 the constitution would not work in any immoral situation.were there people.the gov,the people and the Church has allowed this.God is not a clown.america will burn slavery is just around the corner.who do we vote for in nov.a muslim or a morman.some choice.repent,read the word and pray.God hears the prayers of the repentent.as for america being the babylon of revelation.john flat stated (MYSTERY) babylon.some preachers say the old babylon will be rebuilt.hogwash Gods word says when he destroyed it ,it would never ever be inhabited again.we dont read,pray or seek wisdom and yet we know it all.God states in the end man will believe they have reached the highest of wisdom,but in fact have become UTTER FOOLS!!!

  • jerry sweet

    we look at scripture thru human eyes and efforts.instead of looking at them thru the eyes of and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.i spend most of my time when iam evangelizing defending my faith to and within the faith.does anybody realize how STUPID that is.the early Church,the one i try to follow said the believers were of one accord.i.e. same mindset.now we try and bring God down to our filthy level instaed of us striving to reach up to His.church clicks,church splits church falsehoods and church LIES.we wonder why God is upset,wake up before He vomits these churches right into the tribulation.we have allowed the so called ww2 greatest generation to raise a large generation of rebellion.they may have won the wars,and i admire their courage,but they came home and forgot about GOD.war ends1945-1955 rock&roll-1965hardrock,sex&drugs,and we wonder why we are in trouble.now the hippie mindset of the 60′s run the whitehouse.were doomed.these politicians have no common sense,greed and power and the lust to rule is the rule of the day,and we keep voting these Godless people back in.wake up america ,but i think its too late.we have killed too many babies.shedding innocent blood and think God will just look the other way.we deserve everything He has in store for us.hang on its going to be a terrifying ride

  • jerry sweet

    if you have to wait for moderation when the truth is spoken then take my comments off.i want people to hear the truth,Gods truth.and that should not have to be moderated.its His way or HELLS highway we have been moderating to long and its got us in serious trouble.why we just dont want to offend anyone.well i can offend or God can,who would you like to have offend you.

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