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8-13 -2012 - by Roger Chartier:

Heat - Food - The Future

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July of 1936 was the hottest but no longer

dry farm - www.The-Whorld-News.comThis hot summer is killing farmers financially as far as food production is concerned.

It's cutting into production in the corn belt like crazy. This is not just hot, but it is exceptionally dry.

We are producing only around 123 bushels of corn per acre which is a real low for the USA.

We're having a near dust bowl situation again just like the 1936 fiasco was.
Corn fields are being cut down as the crop has failed.

The American government has a special insurance that is covering 90% of the farmers losses in corn, but the prices are already up by 60%.

USDA calls out next year's price increase

They are saying that the increase for next year's price for eggs, meat, milk etc will be about 4% above this year tops.

It isn't the Americans in the USA that will suffer, but the countries that we sell to, or just plain ship food to, who will feel the cuts more than we do.

There will be problems in those overseas countries where the larger part of personal daily expense is for food.

Another issue is that in the USA the company called "Bunge" has posted a sign at the grain elevators that they are not accepting the new grain called Agrisure-Viptera, an insect resistant variety.

The world economies are resisting it, and we sell overseas a lot.

Follow the weather for planting

Looking at a map of North America it seems to me that southern Canada can really jump into the planting season a bit further north if temperatures will hold for it.

Canada has a lot of land, and the only problem has been temperature and length of the growing season in the past. The season will be longer temperature wise but not sunlight wise.

We have to think about the issue of global warming to an extent and pay attention to what we are doing as far as contributing to it.

The USA grows various crops and now as far as acreage is concerned, 87% for corn, 63% for the hay, 72% for cattle, and 85% for soybeans are suffering from drought.

Midwest USA

The great planting grounds of USA might take an unfortunate turn in the future as in the next 20 years the temperature is expected to rise further than it is now.

The shift in planting areas also has a down side for farmers who own huge areas of land that are possibly going to go to waste.

We'll have to rethink what we are doing as far as farming in areas of terrain that will be barely plantable in the future.

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