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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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No sympathy for Monsanto

They have already killed millions of Americans with their poisonous corn. Maybe it will be a good year for the beekeeper, with the corn dead. Since the GMO's are proven to be lousy drought resistant maybe the farmer will look at organics for drought resistance.

Surviving the killing fields of Minnesota

Todays brainwashing: GMO's are safe

Agreed. The first thing I

Agreed. The first thing I thought of was something like this. Wrong things are always made right in the end. These horrible GMO vegetables must not survive..Ya just should not mess with Mother Nature..

Permaculture

aquaculture and even aquaponics are all much better ways of growing food. The food yield for aquaculture is much higher than any single crop farm and the other two both have 'unheard of' yields and year-round harvest. On top of that, miscanthus grass grows 3 harvests per year at 10' tall each and is very close to what Kobe Japan feeds their world-famous beef. Instead of one acre of 'prairie' feeding each cow, this could support over half a dozen.

I think it's time we educated the farmers about these supposedly old-world techniques and Monsanto a little bit. Maybe then we can ...

Maybe you can be educated too

Your typical farmer these days might have a degree in biology and an MBA. Assuming they are ignorant from the outset might not be the best place to start.

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

I wonder

I wonder if it occured to anyone that this is mother natures way of putting us back into check? I mean...we (humans) are insignificant and we try to think we are bigger than Earth itself. We have played "God" with GMOs and look at what has happened. Since 1996 we have created 21 super weeds. That is not long. We have cancer/autism/obesity and other ailments that have skyrocketed since the 90s which convienently was the same time GMOs were put into markets. Cows DO NOT eat corn...they eat grass...so they are not the excuss. We are not meant to eat corn in EVERYTHING! It sucks for the farmers, but sustainability has not been a consideration in many different markets so I don't know what to tell ya. I guess the idea of feeding the world should be put to rest and start looking at feeding your communities. 30-40 years ago people spent 50% of their money on food...Corn and soy is cheap and that is why.Look at the bigger picture people. Big AG doesn't work. Shoot - big anything doesnt work.

Let the corn die and the farms go under?

Uh...yeah...all the independent, small and family farms will go first you dopes. The big players already own most of the water rights. They can do massive drilling, pumping and irrigation. It's the ALTERNATIVE that will be hit first and hardest and that means us.

This could spell out doom for the poorer among us. A lot of us are just holding on. Those of you who cackle with joy, how big a part of your budget is food? A negligible portion? Do you represent the very well to do among us?

For many of us with larger families, that figure is approaching 30%. 30% of income just to keep everybody from getting thin, sickening and starving.

Given this, what exactly are you laughing about?

The rest of you, just pray for rain. We need rain.

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

I'm not sure you understand

what makes a free market actually work to everyone's benefit.

First off, the water rights ARE a big portion of the subsidies we need to eliminate. Without them, irrigation becomes exponentially more expensive with larger and larger operations. This would help the smaller farmers.

The poorer among us are so because there is no free market in food. If there was, we would have much cheaper and healthier food for them to eat. Technology works both ways unless one side controls it.

Also... I wasn't advocating that all farmers go under, just corn. It's pure evil these days. This single crop should make up less than 1% of our diet and none of our large animal feedstock and that should be it. Instead, we have allowed our government to manipulate the market so that we pay nearly 50% of its cost via subsidies and then get forced to pay high prices for it to be used more than 99% towards what it shouldn't.

There's a permaculature farm in England that went under a few years ago. They switched to this new-fangled technique and it took 5 years for their crop to mature but now things are different. They no longer need to plant, cultivate, fertilize, spray herbicides or pesticides. They employ twice as many people year round to just harvest the more than 30 different crops they produce.

There's a building in Chicago called 'The Plant' which grows tons of produce, produces beer and many other things and it's full-circle sustainable. Compared to a traditional farm, it's also 100's of times the yield per footprint in both output and cashflow.

There is no constant but change

Are you proposing that the US should continue to subsidise the family farm? For what reason? Nostalgia? A sense that the family farm is some kind of national treasure?

Less than 3% of today's US workforce is employed in agriculture, down from over 75% in the late 1800s. Read the news, man. Big Ag has *already* supplanted the family farm; it happened years ago.

End subsidies. Let the corn die if it must. If family farms go under, well, that is the price we must pay for cheaper, more efficiently produced food.

Realistically, there will always be a demand for produce from small operations, whether it be for organic or ethical reasons. Without the government subsidies, fewer family farms will feel compelled to grow junk-food cash crops just to keep up.

In any case, I wouldn't want my dollars taken from me and given to a farmer to encourage him/her to grow something I think is making western nations sick and fat, no matter how many precocious gap-toothed sons, adorable pigtailed daughters or faithful dogs named Yeller they need to support.

I proposed prayer more specifically

Who said anything about subsidies? I'm addressing a nihilistic attitude I've seen lately on these boards. Not just corn, a lot of key crops are in danger of failing and all people can chant is "death to Monsanto".

Well again, Monsanto will be the last to suffer. It's the future of your food supply at stake with the potential loss of heirloom varieties that have resistant characteristics. Not to mention the facts that lifestock and wildlife are similarly threatened. When it don't rain, grass don't grow, you have to bring water and feed to animals, cost goes up again while herds get smaller. The wild herds simply reduce numbers. Same with the fish population. Same with the whole ecosystem.

Lack of this recognition indicates we haven't embraced self-sustainability to the extent I'd hoped. Well, last time it was this bad where I'm at, wells started going dry. Highest ones first, then lower and lover in elevation.

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

Drought conditions are bad for all

I have sympathy for small individual farmers. But these conditions affect all farming, even Big Ag. What can we do about it? I suppose prayer is about the only thing. However, it is a global food economy these days. The US food supply of a few specific crops might be a bit the worse for wear, but it is nowhere near "at stake". That's being over-dramatic.

I apologise for assuming you were suggesting subsidies.

As for Monsanto, I don't have much direct issue with them. They are propped up mostly by false, government-advocated nutritional advice to compose up to half our diets with grains; and to a lesser extent, the food industry's penchant for putting HFCS in practically everything.

Humans aren't adapted to eating grains of any kind, especially when they are refined. I don't have much issue with Monsanto because I myself don't eat grains, and believe everyone else should stop eating them too. If enough people do that, Monsanto becomes mainly a purveyor of animal-feed. Problem solved.

For more information, search for "Paleo", "Primal" or a book called "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis.

humans - grains

The paleo diet may make you thin, but it is not the way to go. We do need grains. "Grains" got a bad rap because the only grains we eat are corn and wheat. How about oats, barley, quinoa, millet, etc? Not much of that is eaten, except by animals (namely millet and oats). There is no balance, its all wheat and corn all the time in most "food". How about some hemp? I guess that is a weed or grass, but we do not have that in the diet either. Lentil beans are great, but not many people eat those either. No one is "gluten intolerant" (hey, is there a drug for that "disorder" yet?), they are just out of balance with too much wheat in the diet. I would probably agree with this book, "Wheat Belly".

What balance?

There is no balance with grains. Grains are bad for your health in any quantity. Oats, barley, quinoa and millet are just less bad. Should you cut them out completely? Not if you don't want to. What I'm saying is we should realise they are a junk food: a nutrient-poor, chronically-toxic punch to the blood sugar.

Smoking just one cigarette a month is definitely healthier than a pack a day, so would you promote a one-a-month policy? I wouldn't. It is the same story with grains.

Arguably, everyone is gluten intolerant, some people just have very very mild symptoms. Gluten is a defensive protein used by wheat (other grains use similar proteins) to ward off pests, much like the way nicotine behaves in tobacco. It is chronically toxic to humans. Gluten intolerance manifests in a multitude of ways because it doesn't affect your system directly. It interferes with the cellular lining of your intestines and allows *other* toxins to enter your bloodstream. This is why gluten intolerance can appear as a skin rash, achy joints, or even some forms of asthma.

For more information search for "gluten" and "gut permeability" or "leaky gut".

Quite honestly we have 2

Quite honestly we have 2 different ways of thinking about this. I know all about the paleo diet, and am a Crossfitter myself. I eat Ezekiel bread, and hemp bread, and am a 43 year old, very healthy person. There is not enough data regarding the other grains I mentioned, because you never get them in most foods, and so the "gluten intolerance" is based on wheat. It is the mostly germ-less and processed wheat that has caused all of this so-called gluten intolerance. Who would be driven to conduct costly studies on this? The companies making money from all of the over-priced BS "gluten free" foods. A paleo style diet is based on the false assumption that our ancestors all originated in caves and were meat and leaf eating half-wits. Just like the time tonsils were automatically removed from kids (I was one of them), until the smart-ass arrogant medical community realized it was a part of the immune system, the paleo diet will be found to be lacking, and thinking on it will be revised.

"I apologise for assuming you

"I apologise for assuming you were suggesting subsidies."

You have no need to apologise to me.

Prayer might just work for rain. The rest of this mess is our human creation and can be changed as we change all else: educationally and politically.

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

Humans aren't adapted to eating grains?

Civilizations are built either on grains or beans. This is necessary to withstand famines.

Grains are the seed of grasses. When the grass dies, animals die. Other plants also die for the same reason that the grass died: drought, fires, flooding, pests, warfare, etc. Hay is very hard to stockpile for any number of years so an edible source of stored grains keeps livestock and humans alive through lean years.

There is a growing prevalence of genuine grain intolerance. What if the allergy was a result of the loss of natural digestive organisms within our systems that make the grain proteins digestible? Or DNA changes in modified grains that hijack our systems and cause responses similar to a vaccine? There are many possibilities to explore before concluding that mankind should abandon the ancient wisdom of grain cultivation.

Civilizations have been built

on grain agriculture it's true. However, just because it allowed the formation of early cities doesn't mean eating it was good for us. At best it sustained us.

Up until very recently in human history there was no civilization, and humans were primarily nomadic. Since we didn't stay in any one place very long, we did not eat anything which was not already growing wild where we settled. A few short thousand years is not enough time for human physiology to adapt to a food source which was alien to it for many many thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years prior.

We don't eat hay, ruminants do since they have the gut bacteria to digest it, so that is a nonsense argument. Many animals today are adapted to eating grasses, but only one significant group has adapted to eating grains: birds.

Grains are not fruits or vegetables; they don't want to be eaten, they want to scatter and blow on the wind. As such, they are full of defensive proteins (gluten is just one of these) as well as anti-nutrients such as phytates, which actually prevent mineral and nutrient absorption in humans.

The most likely reason the prevalence of grain intolerance is increasing is because the amount of defensive protein in todays hybridized and chemically mutated grains is much higher than it was even 50 years ago. New never before seen, potentially toxic proteins have also appeared and are sold directly to us without any sort of testing.

But don't take my word for it. Just ask anyone who has adopted the Paleo or Primal lifestyle how they feel. They will probably tell you they feel like they've gotten their lives back after giving up a chronic toxin.

"Just ask anyone who has adopted the Paleo or Primal lifestyle

how they feel. They will probably tell you they feel like they've gotten their lives back after giving up a chronic toxin."
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Can't speak for myself, but my brother has. He has lost a lot of weight in a very short time and does not need to take medication for his blood pressure. The rash that he suddenly developed several years ago, which his doctor(s) have been unable to treat, has disappeared. His doctor is confused. He basically eats everything the gov't tells you not to. (oversimplified, of course) And you are right, he feels great.

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

Let 'em fail (maybe HELP them)

End of story. The situation is no different from the big banks. If you let "them" fail, only the least profitable (i.e. those getting the most subsidies) will fail first and we will be left with the rest which are true and genuine farmers.

On top of that, we don't want so much corn grown because it's mostly used for nefarious purposes.

One major use is in 'corn syrup' or high fructose corn syrup which is a bastardized, distilled version of sugar, similar in body reactions to ethanol, but is as much as 140 times as sweet as real sugar. The body cannot break it down the same way and it leads to obesity and a diminished satiety signal (that which tells your brain you're full).

Another major use is in the extortion of poor countries. Grain, including corn, wheat, soy, sorghum, etc. is sent to starving countries on contract that it continue indefinitely and that they pay us back for it with interest and strings. These crops then flood their market and put their farmers out of business, further perpetuating the subsidy.

Another major use is the scam of energy production in the form of ethanol. The entire ethanol production chain takes 1.00 unit of total energy input in the generation of 1.29 units of energy output. Oil's worst example today (tar sands) still produces 3 to 1 (EROEI of 3) with shale at 3.5 to 1. In the past, oil has migrated downward from 100 a century ago, to 30 in the 1970's, to 5 in 2007. Natural gas is still around 10-12. Wind's best examples today are climbing quickly above 120, solar climbing past 180. Without external interference, it's impossible to profit at less than 2 and impractical to chase energy at less than 3.

The actual corn used in foods which we would expect it to be used in (corn tortillas, corn on the cob, corn bread, etc.) is a very very tiny percentage of what we grow.

In short, corn keeps us unhealthy, our foreign countries poor and dependent on us and pushes back energy sustainability.

source?

Hey just curious if you could post the source (link?) of the energy production efficiency numbers you quoted please?

Thanks!

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though non-gmo crops are generally . . .

more drought resistant, this will affect even non-gmo, organic grains--

of which I eat small amounts--

This is sad and hard, because the drought won't just destroy the gmo crops--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

ha, i would be glad to see

ha, i would be glad to see gmo corn and soy die a hard, fast death to the weather conditions.

Corn, wheat and soybeans

Are among the cheapest and lowest quality calories you can consume. These are things you would feed starving people if you had nothing left to give them. That they've become staple foods is a worldwide tragedy.

I am more worried about how the dry conditions will affect crops of quality foods, like above-ground vegetables and livestock.

"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 don't eat processed food. In fact, don't eat grains at all. They're basically just sugar anyway, and are what farmers feed their animals to "fatten" them.

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Monsanto: GMO drought-tolerant corn seeds don't work any better

"According to Monsanto's own data, its drought-tolerant corn seeds don't work any better than already-existing conventional varieties."

"The Union of Concerned Scientists' Doug Gurian-Sherman has looked closely at Monsanto's efforts to engineer crops that utilize both nitrogen [11] and water [12] more efficiently, and concluded that real breakthroughs on either front are highly unlikely."
http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/153-more...

Getting back to natural, and throwing this trash out sounds good.

Let the corn die!

We don't need that Monsanto corn! We need to revive the original genetics of maize. The corn they are selling us is criminal, it's so full of sugar is the leading cause of type II diabetes among us. Stop the Monsanto corn!
There should be a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for their crappy corn that causes type II diabetes.

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein

86% of in the US Corn is GMO (BT toxin)

I look at this as a blessing.

I'm also hoping the GMO soy (BT toxin) is wiped out too, this accounts for 93% of all Soy Grown in the US.

Maybe farmers should consider Karma, and start growing a wholesome product.

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"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Exactly. My heart goes out

Exactly. My heart goes out to the farmers who are losing crops. I grew up on a farm/ranch, so I get it. But something else I get is that the real deal corn is a very hardy plant. It can be grown successfully in many places in some pretty harsh conditions.
It is the Monsanto poison corn that is not up to the job. It is a low yeild crop. Funnier still is this. The gm corn is meant to repel a certain type of corn worm. The worms adjusted and are devouring MOnsanto's remaining corn crops. Tee hee, tee hee, giggle.
If the drought is killing the corn, then it should also bake out the residual chemicals so that they won't damage the ecosystem. But really, why aren't they irrigating? That makes no sense.

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when corn

when corn runs out something else will rise.
no worries.
the technology is here.

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a friend of mine is a farmer

she and her husband farm in indiana and are already laying off employees... so it isnt JUST that corn prices will be higher which will make groceries more expensive, but also puts people out of work who will then be forced to find another job or live on unemployment and food stamps etc etc etc. and on and on it goes- just has been planned for decades and next year, the grasshoppers will be ready in droves as has been the case in texas that was in a drought last year... and on and on it goes and all i can say is this- maybe monsanto will FINALLY be taken down? once the farmers see that it is monsantos poisoning of their croplands and that government subsidies are really working against them in the end? been preaching this game since 2006 and none would listen. kind of like RP with the fed- people dont get it until they are personally affected and SEE WITH their OWN eyes on their bank statements. Thanks to all of those who are awake and able to teach and help those that are not, it is my opinion that there will be many many more awakenings soon as people wont be able to feed thier kids.

~peace

Corn farmers are the biggest

Corn farmers are the biggest 'welfare queens' in the country.

The stereotypical ghetto single mother who defrauds the system and gets a few welfare checks a month has got nothing on the typical farmer sucking on the government titty.

Aren't these farms using

Aren't these farms using sprinkler systems? What modern farm today relies on just the rain?