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The Corn is Dying All Over America

All over America, the corn is dying. If drought conditions persist in the middle part of the country, wheat and soybeans will be next. Weeks of intense heat combined with extraordinarily dry conditions have brought many U.S. corn farmers to the brink of total disaster. If there is not significant rainfall soon, many farmers will be financially ruined. This period of time is particularly important for corn because this is when pollination is supposed to happen. But the unprecedented heat and the extremely dry conditions are playing havoc with that process. With each passing day things get even worse. We have seen the price of a bushel of corn soar 41 percent since June 14th. That is an astounding rise. You may not eat much corn directly, but it is important to realize that corn or corn syrup is just about in everything these days. Just look at your food labels. In the United States today, approximately 75 percent of all processed foods contain corn. So a huge rise in the price of corn is going to be felt all over the supermarket. Corn is also widely used to feed livestock, and if this crisis continues we are going to see a significant rise in meat and dairy prices as well. Food prices in America have already been rising at a steady pace, and so this is definitely not welcome news.

The weather conditions in the middle part of the country during the last couple of months have been highly unusual. The following is from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times....

According to AccuWeather.com Agricultural Meteorologists, you can't raise a corn crop with less than an inch of rain over six weeks, combined with 100-degree and higher temperatures. However, these conditions have taken place in much of the southern corn belt through the week of July 4, 2012.

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S. W. PA has plenty of water

PA is second only to Alaska in terms of lakes rivers and creeks...

The local produce is yummy.

The price of beef may

The price of beef may actually fall temporarily. Some cattle farmers will choose to kill off herds due to rising food cost. Beef prices will come down due to a glut in the market. As THOSE supplies begin to dwindle however, prices will then SOAR. Good luck to all.

It is interesting how drought conditions

seem to go hand in hand with economic disaster. One seems tied to the other and not merely on a cause and effect basis. Did the economy tank first, then drought, or was drought coming anyway while the economy sputtered?

History repeats itself???

the dust bowl / Depression during the 1930's.

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Exactly. Depression and Dust

Exactly. Depression and Dust Bowl. Today, Depression and rampant disease + crop failures + mysterious international conspiracies.

The weather control grid at work

Picking winners and losers. Who owns the land where the winners are.

http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/garden/usdroughtseverit...

Free includes debt-free!

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Here comes the gov. to the rescue: low interest loans to farmers

[Like a broken record, more debt is the answer.]
USDA Declares Disaster in 26 States as Drought Sears Midwest
Alan Bjerga – 2 hours 9 minutes

More than 1,000 counties in 26 states are being named natural-disaster areas, the biggest such declaration ever by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as drought grips the Midwest.

The declaration makes farmers and ranchers in 1,016 counties eligible for low-interest loans to help them weather the drought and other disasters, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today. The USDA is also changing procedures to allow disaster claims to be processed more quickly, Vilsack said.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/usda-declares-disaster-26-stat...

Stop poisoning yourselves go completely organic in your garden!

I just planted a 1/4 acre of melons with only horse manure under each seedling. After just 2 months I have some as large as basketballs, the vines are growing 2 feet per day. I had a lot of cucumber beetles attack them, instead of spraying poison I mixed Diatomaceous earth in water. I sprayed this on and wiped out the beetles in 3 days. It cost maybe 50 cents too treat the whole patch.

So drop that can of pesticide and go organic this is much easier, cheaper and safer to do. And I don't kill any of the beneficial worms either.

If you do a little research you will find that bugs don't like attacking healthy plants. Now I will start to spray them with worm tea that comes from my manure worms. This worm tea will cause the plant to grow a slight film on that bugs hate, and if you water the seedlings with it they will be drought resistant.

There was a farmer in the early 1900's that figured this out, he had the best land in the county. When he sold his land it brought twice the price of land around him. You can read the story here: http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/oliver/oliver_farm.htm

If you never visited http://journeytoforever.org it is a excellent website.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Right…

Corn is doing just fine.

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Some of the

comments about the "chem trails" if that is true it is to snuf out the small farmers to make us dependent on the larger ones. So while this seems like a good thing to kill GMO crap, It is only taking out a portion of their stuff.

Good Riddance

Who needs that crappy GMO poison anyway? Now they might have to actually start using real sugar in stuff instead of corn syrup! People might actually stop gaining weight the way we have!

skippy

Yes, most corn is GMO, and they feed the chickens with that crap

so, when you eat an egg, you're eating GMO corn feed chickeys. Unless you eating eggs that are range feed, you're eating food that even rats and pigs wouldn't come near...

Wheat

While I haven't been back in the corn areas lately, the wheat was harvested back in Early June with good yields. The wheat belt has seen a lot worse.

Haven't you guys been looking into the sky

for Bill Gates signature sky streaks of aluminum and barium, these are desiccants (moisture removers) BTW..when this is done with millions of tons of this shit it creates drought...remember LOOK UP AND RAISE HELL.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

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Monsanto goes after Dupont over which GMO is better.

Frankenfood giant eating frankenfood giant. Neither GMO soybean will grow when there is a drought.

DuPont Hid Failure of Soybeans for Years, Monsanto Says
By Jack Kaskey – 4 hours ago

DuPont Co. (DD), the most valuable U.S. chemical company, didn't tell investors for years that efforts to develop its own herbicide-tolerant soybean seeds had failed, Monsanto (MON) Co. told a jury at the start of a patent trial.

DuPont, which knew as early as 2006 that its GAT soybeans didn't grow as well as Monsanto's Roundup Ready beans, didn't make public the information until 2009, George C. Lombardi, an attorney for Monsanto, said today at the start of a patent trial in Monsanto's hometown of St. Louis. DuPont ended up adding the Roundup Ready trait to make the product work, a patent infringement worth as much as $1 billion, he said.
More at:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dupont-hid-failure-soybeans-ye...

Its always good when they eat

Its always good when they eat their own.

Blessings )o(

I live in Iowa and by now the

I live in Iowa and by now the corn should be reaching 4 ft high. It's sitting about 2 1/2 right now. On pace for a little over half the normal height. :\ Haven't had rain for 3 weeks and that was only about an 1/8 of an inch.

An old Chinese proverb:

When you have lots of food on the table, you have lots of problems.
When you have no food on the table, you only have one problem.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

That's a great line!

Never heard that one before but I like it.

wish i could take credit for it.

don't remember where i heard it. it was years ago and it has always stuck.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

Food Prices will rise

Hopefully enough so the small farmer can compete again.

I shop at the local farmers market where prices are higher than local supermarkets but the quality is outstanding.

Very confused on Big Ag's detriment helps anyone

I'm confused why insufficient rain and crop death help any farmer other than the farmers who work for Big Agriculture.

Insufficient rain and crop death helps only Big Ag companies such as Monsanto. That help is at the expense to every farmer not working for Big Ag. That expense is measured by how much money a farmer has. How much money a farmer has determines if he can adapt to the changes including resistance to being bought out.

Big Ag companies have vast amounts of money, therefore their ability to adapt is great, whereas the farmers smaller than Big Ag's farmers don't have money to adapt, making those farmers, the nonBig Ag farmers, fall to the way side, go under such as being bought out.

This going out of business is the continuation of what's been going on for a long time, market consolidation. Consolidation reduces or stabilizes prices for a while, likely a short while. Then, prices rise and, because the USA's economy is controlled, a falsity and fake, quality's travel will pick up where it left off -- on descension, thereby reach a new low.

Please explain your position.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

There can be many positives that come from higher prices

It can mean consolidation - but it can also mean the growth of smaller farms.
I am currently trying to buy a percentage of a small farm near me that is having financial issues. They are probably very good farmers - but not very good business people. How does this corn problem help them?
Locally they can sell their corn at a higher price - even though their cost has not risen.
In addition, soon, the price of beef will go up with the price of corn. They will be able to keep their beef prices steady as the supermarket rises.
It means as the price of sugary breakfast cereals rise - perhaps people will start to reconsider the incredible edible egg - hence I see opportunity to sell more eggs.
This trickle effect of corn hurts some - but provides great opportunity for others.
Basically they will be able to offer a much better product at a "value" price where now it is a "premium" price.
It also helps break people's habits and misconceptions of where they get their food from and what is in it.

Yes- small corn growers without cash reserves are in real trouble. They may even have to sell out. Or maybe they get creative in raising capital to get them through this year.
However, I do not agree that the ability to adapt comes with money. By being small, they can adapt much quicker than larger operations with layers of management.

When ever we get thease

When ever we get thease progressive crap on the daily paul someone always answers with a perfect "let the markets figure it out" answer thank you very much!

What's the progressive

What's the progressive perspective you're alluding to?

What's wrong enabling the market, the individual, figuring it out, that is, doing for himself?

I ask those questions because I don't understand what you meant.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Good, maybe they will quit putting in my gasoline.

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It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

Bad for economics

But, wheat is not good for us. Neither is corn syrup. The less corn syrup the better.

Again, bad for the economy but good for the health of the species. It is inevitable that these paradigm shifts will happen in the big picture of humanity. Do we petition mother nature for limiting our choices? Ha. Just a joke.

But there might be a balance where less intake of foods that don't promote good health lead to fewer sick people and less health care costs.

Food is best grown and provided at the local level. Big business in farming hasn't worked in quality and only has led to big government involvement. When food is produced locally it is more practical in every regard. If we can stop the government from forbidding personal farming we might be heading somewhere logical.

Too True

Go watch "Food Inc" or "Farmageddon"

skippy

Heartly Agree

Corn syrup in all our foods is bad for the body. Besides, sugar satifies the sweet tooth better with less consumption.

Also ditch government corn for Ethanol fuel funding. It's an expensive lost cause.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

seed the clouds and make it rain

Monsanto needs to make sure it owns all the market on gmo corn. If there is one farmer left that is doing well without them, that is one too many for the greed and corruption of that industry. The government has no problem seeding the clouds and making it rain for a woodstock concert and most probably will try to seed the clouds and rain out Ron Paul festival. Just a silly thought I suppose.