Friday, July 20, 2012

baked corn

Headlines:
WORST DROUGHT IN 50 YEARS

Grain prices pushed to record highs on Thursday as scattered rains in U.S. Midwest did little to douse fears that the worst drought in half a century will end soon or relieve worries around the world about higher food prices.



WARMEST HALF-YEAR IN HISTORY

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the January-June period was the hottest half-year on record in the United States, with 29 states seriously affected.

More than half the United States was experiencing moderate drought or worse this week, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report issued on Thursday.


CROPS PLOWED UNDER

That is bad news for farmers and consumers, with corn, soybeans and wheat in the United States -- the largest world exporter of those key crops -- baking in fields, losing yield potential daily or being plowed under for insurance claims.


I took these pictures of a nearby corn field, some other fields didn't get over 3' high, they were mowed down this week. It is hot and dry with no end in sight. Thankfully the humidity is nothing like at home in Georgia! And also according to the news, the silver lining is: no water, no mosquitoes! So it could be worse.

1 comment:

Linda_J said...

If the stores raise prices now, before they can really ascertain how much of the crop is lost, then they are gouging us. Speculating on pricing before it happens just like the gas prices. And then there is the crop used for ethanol as well.

Yes, we can see the handwriting on the wall when we look at those poor fields. The poor farmers!