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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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Seed the clouds with lethal heavy metals

so that rain will fall before nature provides.

Does this really produce more rain in the long run? It is not about creating water out of thin air, but rather a manipulation of causing the rain to fall where it will produce the best profit for those in control of it's fruits.

Let the rain fall where God decides. All other controls will end up in the wrong hands.

Let them get exactly what they want.

If they want a monopoly on GMO seeds and want nothing to do with heirloom seeds, fine. Let them get 100% of their business's eggs all in that basket and THEN we'll pass GMO labeling or simply ban GMOs altogether.

Patience is a virtue.

not just in U.S.

parts of Canada's farm country is being hit hard, too. Map: http://www4.agr.gc.ca/DW-GS/current-actuelles.jspx?lang=eng&...

Watch the video

"What in the World are They Spraying"...I believe we all have much bigger fish to fry these days. No food or water, nothing else really matters.

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

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No surprise. Federally-subsidized

monoculture is not sustainable. It destroys the soil and depletes water resources. The government fails in everything it touches.

Most corn is GMO

Not to mention that almost all corn is GMO, showing that GMO is not a real solution to anything except to getting return business for Monsanto. It's hard to say it's a good thing, but perhaps more resilient crops and methods will fill the gap after chemical farming dies back.

no rain

central NE .67 (that is 6" less than normal)in the whole month of June. Nothing in July yet.
Dry land is all but gone, the pivots haven't stopped in 5 weeks.

June corn futures over $7. bushel
we are going through the same thing KS,OK,TX went through last year.
Sad

The lack of rain became

The lack of rain became serious about a week ago. All of the corn I drive by has started to die with the ears just forming.

My small crop of sweet corn is going strong, but it's been difficult to keep it all watered. I've lost a good number of my water-based vegetables (squash, tomatoes, melons) even with watering every other day.

We planted nearly an acre with hopes of being able to sell produce at the local market and we put a ton of water each week by pumping water out of our ponds and trucking it to the planting site...still not enough. It's only rained about 1-2 inches in the 10 weeks since we planted it all. Horrid conditions...

My basement aquaponics system is doing fine

It uses about $6 of electricity per month and I give the fishies about $10 of what we call 'treats' (special fish food) per month. For that, I get tilapia, shrimp and all the normal (but shorter) produce items. It's also much easier to harvest and we usually have excess to give away. Water use use is about 40 gallons per month and space is 8 ft x 8 ft.

Please start a new thread on this

Love to see photos.

I've got 6 acres but watering can be a real problem.

I also have a 1800 square ft. shop waiting for the right system.

Solar, Wind generated lighting for winter?

Hmmmmmmmmmm

Do you have any links you

Do you have any links you could share regarding small-scale aquaponics?

Just a document on FB

Just an old one with a link to an old drawing and early pics. The process is about the same but I've added automatic composting and grub worms for most of the fish food.

it's at
http://www.facebook.com/groups/172162406170203/doc/208098949...

I've been pondering the idea

I've been pondering the idea of aquaponics on a much larger scale. I have a large pond on a gently sloped hill side that I think I could make work. It would be a significant investment in infrastructure initially to get it up and running, but the concept is neat since all I'd need would be a single pump to move the water to the top.

What do you do about the humidity having it setup in your basement?

I don't have too much

I don't have too much humidity problem except on the hottest days. I can't really say I've even worried about it but a small dehumidifier does run on occasion. ...and I have that draining into the fish tank too. (I guess I should calculate the electricity from that too huh?)

My system is more based on tiny flows to each plant rather than pumping lots of water all over.

Not Sure

You should all be announcing all your garden setups for all the world to read. (Including the FDA, Department of Agriculture, etc since they would dearly love to come shut you down.) Know what I mean? Haven't you watched the videos on raw milk and Rawsome raids? They also want to make it illegal for people to have gardens. I kid you not!

skippy

Hear that folks? That's reality and you will hear it again.

Snap out of it. This isn't the death of Monsanto, this is YOU in trouble.

And this is a clear signal to us preppers. Prepping has gone on long enough that the canned and jarred foods are coming to term. Time to start consuming and loading up on fresh stocks.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Some of us don't eat

grains or grain-fed beef or dairy products. We don't store wheat or corn.

Agreed, the drought is a potentially serious issue, and I hope that it doesn't affect others too much - except for Monsanto, that is. ;-)

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

Incredible

Do you eat anything that consumes water?

ALL PLANTS AND ANIMALS ARE EFFECTED BY DROUGHT.

Not just Monsanto. Which, by the way, is neither a plant nor an animal so if I were you, I'd kinda not bet on drought effecting it too much. It's a corporation. Corporations don't drink water. They don't go potty either.

To prep or not to prep is your own decision. To behold a potential calamity of continental proportions that will hit the poor and the weak and laugh about it is simply irrational. Or pathological. Or both! Why chose when you can have it all?

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Who is laughing abou this?

For clarification:

My post stated that I hope it doesn't affect people, except for Monsanto, who is in the business of killing people with their GMO corn. I was being sarcastic about Monsanto, not laughing about the drought. I think that most everyone understands that a drought affects all plants and animals. However, there are huge water rights issues being fought out every day in our country, and water rights is a hot political issue ALL THE TIME.

I never said I didn't prep, I said I don't store wheat and corn.

Of course I feel badly for the farmers and the poor and weak. You know nothing at all about me, so don't misconstrue what you perceive is a lack of compassion because you would be wrong.

This is why I don't post here often. Posts are constantly misunderstood and some are too quick to name call. Who needs it?

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus

time to depersonalise

Of course. I'm addressing a general tone. Don't know ya, never met ya. Your aquaponics preps sound impressive.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Really?

"ALL PLANTS AND ANIMALS ARE EFFECTED BY DROUGHT."

You really should look at things with a bit more open mind and opportunity.

http://www.watair.com/products.php

Don't forget to look at the commercial and industrial versions. There are more solutions out there than you can find problems. That, I guarantee!

Whoa, whoa, whoa

If that's your reasoning, what about the droughts going on in other parts of the world which are much worse than this one and have been going on for years? They affect the plants and animals there too. What makes this one so special?

Let's have a prayer for all droughts. I personally think you are overblowing the effect this drought will have on "the poor and weak". Things are going to get a little bit scary if there isn't any rain, but we won't have millions of families suddenly starving in the streets. To call it "a calamity of continental proportions" is being sensationalist.

Indeed they are trouble wherever they are

What makes this one special? It's here. It's gonna impact us. Rising costs are no longer born by rising income. Haven't been for years now. I'm not sure how many families we have starving in the streets now but the number has been creeping up, given anecdotal evidence. We will have more hungry people.

Many called us crazy when we suggested housing was a bubble. Many laughed at us when we called for sustained depression like circumstances. Many scorned us when we determined that the whole derivatives market threatens the totality of global finance and now people scratch their heads and wonder what this LIBOR panic is all about.

However note my use of the word "potential". Potential calamity. And calamities don't operate in isolation.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Heh, my brother was recently

Heh, my brother was recently discussing corn(he works as a seed salesman...sadly he sells Monsanto seed because he thinks they're a "necessary evil") and how it's dying. Most of the farmers around here(Southern Indiana, the country's top corn producer if I remember correctly) are going to have hard times this year. I wonder if my brother will wake up and realize his 'paycheck' isn't as important as his liberty, as it is right now he seems torn between selling this seed that he seems to know is poisonous, or at the very least, has some devious intent, or going broke.

Ehh, Indiana puts out about

Ehh, Indiana puts out about 760m bushels a year, which is more than most states. But Illinois and Iowa put up about twice that much (IL 1.47b and IA 1.77b bushels)

Gotcha, hadn't seen any

Gotcha, hadn't seen any numbers on it since I was a kid. Back in school they taught us that Indiana was the "corn king", but that may have been fabrication(as is expected from public schooling).

meanwhile

Insurance claims are growing and so will prices...FANTASTIC!

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
http://youtu.be/yNF09pUPypw

No worries

Grow MONSANTO's Genetically Mutated Organism corn:

It's great for any environment... and "OK" for you.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Monoculture

Monocultures are destined for failure. Corn has been bred for high sugar content to make HFCS and other byproducts. The farmer who grows a variety of crops (and multiple varieties or each) will fare much better than those who just plant GMO corn.

The prarie was made for a variety of grasses with deep roots that do well in drought. grazing animals (from the mammoth, bison and now cows, goats and sheep live very well on it.

I just hope these fantastic soil don't dry up and blow away like Oklahoma.