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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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Where do sprinklers get water from?

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King Corn

documentary:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Corn_(film)

The GMO corn

Start saving all your non GMO seeds.

Corn

People eat way too much of it anyway. It is most likely in 2/3 of all products in grocery stores imo.

donvino

true, but corn is so built into the sytem

so no/little corn would send a tidal wave through markets and raise the price of gas

At least

Corn can grow back the following year. They should learn to diversify.

It will be good for what remains of the soil lol

Who wants corn that is planted by corrupt farmers and big agra year after year after year...etc.

They have to let the soil recover.

donvino

im with you on all of that

and am fascinated by techniques like "bio-dynamic" farming which would prevent this stuff.

Don't worry

I'm sure they will just subsidize it even more, we will have corn coming out of our arses.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

"...in unrelated news,

"...in unrelated news, there's an obesity epidemic due to the prevanalnce of corn syrup in everything."

HOW THE FUCK IS THAT UNRELATED NEWS??!?! stop fucking subsidizing corn and it wouldnt be fucking EVERYWHERE!!!

"free market agriculture has

"free market agriculture has shown us that it cannot keep up with demands during difficult weather. therefore, the state is taking over"