More bad news regarding crops and food prices to rise.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2012) — Corn production will drop 13 percent to a six-year low, the U.S. Agriculture Department said today (Aug. 10), confirming what many farmers already knew -- they are having a very bad year, Ohio State University Extension economist Matt Roberts said.
In its monthly crops report, USDA today cut its projected U.S. corn production to 10.8 billion bushels, down 17 percent from its forecast last month of nearly 13 billion bushels and 13 percent lower than last year. Soybean production is forecast to be down as well, to 2.69 billion bushels, which is 12 percent lower than last year, as well as lower than the 3.05 billion bushels the USDA forecast last month.
The projections mean this year's corn production will be the lowest production since 2006, with soybeans at its lowest production rate since 2003, Roberts said. The USDA said it expects corn growers to average 123.4 bushels per acre, down 24 bushels from last year, while soybean growers are expected to average 36.1 bushels per acre, down 5.4 bushels from last year.
In Ohio, those numbers translate into a projected 126 bushels per acre yield, which is down 32 bushels per acre from last year for corn, he said. Soybeans are projected at 42 bushels per acre, down from last year's 47.5 bushels per acre yield.
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Fact is: Ohio is on the EDGE of the drought line. Most of the maps I've seen have us in YELLOW, whereas a great deal of the Midwest and the plains states are in RED. I should mention as well that Northeast Ohio has actually gotten RAIN in the last couple of days (rain? What the hell is that???). I'm not certain that our downstate cousins have been so fortunate.
The monoculture business model has to stop and if this becomes a trend, it likely will. However, feeding the masses, who have only ever depended on this type of system, is going to be devastating.
The people in the US will have to start spending much more on food, bringing us up to par with the rest of the world on how much of their income goes to food. It's just that the low-income/poor are going to be the hardest hit, which is miserable to think about.
One commentator on TV said the prices wouldn't really hit until next Summer. Don't know how accurate that is.
I've been worrying about this for weeks. The high cost of fuel has already raised food prices beyond my budget...I'm trying to live on Social Insecurity, and nothing else. Being female, I never earned what the men in the offices I worked in did, so my benefits are lower...and since I never married, I have always been my own meal ticket. The gov't never takes these little details into consideration when legislating taxes, etc.
Are we in for another Dust Bowl? Or did anybody learn anything from the last one?
I can't weep for companies like ConAgra, but when corn and wheat crops fail, it affects all of us.
Seems like the only "crop" that keeps increasing is people. Thank you, Vatican and Mecca.
What's next, the Second Coming of Moses?
In a one-two punch, stunted crops that failed to produce grain may be too toxic to feed as silage to livestock. Instead of being used to fuel growth , fertilizer builds up in the plants making them poisonous.
Two months of dry weather and high heat that stunted plants and shriveled ears likely caused the absorption of excessive amounts of nitrogen, experts say. Instead of being distributed safely through the plant, the chemical built up in the lower portions of the stalk at potentially toxic levels.
In the worst-case scenario, silage with high levels of nitrate can be absorbed into an animal's bloodstream, causing poisoning leading to death.