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A Food Crisis Is Here: Trouble For Farmers In The Corn Belt

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Trouble is brewing for farmers in the United States located in the “corn belt.”  Corn is fed to the animals much of the country consumes, so without it, we are staring a food crisis right in the face.

Corn planting is already behind on schedule. The weather in the United States has made farming difficult as of late, while bankruptcies soar and flooding continues. As the weather in four of the top six states for corn production couples with the skyrocketing number of bankruptcies of American farmers, we could be on the precipice of a food crisis. And to make matters worse, none of the weather is expected to improve, putting even more financial pressure on the already stressed farmers according to the latest Crop Progress report is issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to an AccuWeather analysis.

The four states significantly behind on schedule are Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota; and they are expected to remain that way, according to AccuWeathermeteorologists who have been analyzing the data. Those four states combined to produce nearly 40% of the corn in the U.S. If the weather continues a wet pattern through late May, consumer prices could go up this summer. Iowa and Nebraska, the other two states among the top six corn producers, are also behind, albeit, only slightly behind, according to data from the USDA.

“The question will be how much farther it will fall behind the pace,” said AccuWeathersenior meteorologist Jason Nicholls. “It’s about a week behind schedule right now. If it were to go to a week and a half or two weeks, that’s big news. Most of the problems are because of consistent rains, plus there is also rain in the forecast,” Nicholls said. “Of the two key producing states, Iowa isn’t too bad, but Illinois is way off schedule.”

By this time of year, 43% of corn crops would already be planted in Illinois, according to the five-year average provided by the USDA. However, just 9% has been planted so far. Iowa averages 26% of crops planted at this point, and 21% has been planted so far.

Three of the other top corn producers are lagging behind this season so far. Minnesota (2% of corn crops planted by now compared to its five-year average of 24%), Indiana (2% compared to 17%) and South Dakota (0% compared to 17%) are also well off pace. –AccuWeather

“We think one of the weeks in late May will end up being drier, maybe at the end of the month,” Nicholls added. “But the week of May 6-12 looks pretty wet and May 13-19 doesn’t look good either.”

This could be the beginning of what amounts to a food crisis.  Although most don’t see a “run on the grocery stores” happening, we’ll see higher prices at the pump (corn is used for ethanol) and less choice at our stores with a higher price tag on those things available.

If you can, now would be a great time to learn to grow your own food or raise your own meet.  Obviously, not everyone can own a cow, but if you can grow some vegetables, you’ll be slightly ahead of those who cannot if the food crisis smacks us all upside the heads.

SHTFplan.com



52 Comments on "A Food Crisis Is Here: Trouble For Farmers In The Corn Belt"

  1. makati1 on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:00 pm 

    Bragging that you are “food independent”, as some here like to claim, is pure bullshit. As the climate changes, so does the weather patterns. An open Arctic Ocean means the Jet Stream is not held in its old orbit. That should be obvious with the wild weather changes in the last few years. Especially in the US.

    Take a look at where it is today:

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/250hPa/orthographic=-112.32,27.40,425

    By the end of July, the same areas could be in deep drought. We shall see.

    BTW: The Jet Stream never gets closer to the Philippines than Taiwan, as it is today.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/isobaric/250hPa/orthographic=-239.01,14.69,425

    Better prep for a very wild ride. It ain’t gonna get better. GO TRUMP! TRUMP IN 2020!

  2. Davy on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:05 pm 

    Go to bed makato

  3. Davy on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:06 pm 

    Oops, sorry everyone. Obviously I can’t spell Makati1 either. Fuck am I ever stupid.

  4. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:18 pm 

    Uh Oh.
    Makita and Davy are fighting again.

    Davy, you sit up here in the front seat, next to mommy.

    Makita, you stay in the back seat with Aunt Mildred.

    Now listen closely, its important to always get along, and I expect that from both of you.
    And if I hear any more bickering from you two, there’s going to be hell to
    pay when we get back home tonight.

    I’m talking no internet for a month.

  5. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:25 pm 

    Kool. Looks like societal collapse is
    getting back underway.

    Too much climate change, too much soil
    depletion, too many people (almost all of
    them useless assholes), too little rainfall
    and too much abuse of groundwater.

    Now we’re gonna have a corn shortage.
    Yay! It should not be in the gasoline
    anyway, the system will buy itself a little
    more time by stopping that foolishness.

    But in the end, there will be corn and
    other food shortages, right when the oil
    runs out. There will be panic and fighting
    in the streets.

    But fortunately, I have my own private island, 5000 square foot house, munitions
    lockers with more than 50,000 rounds,
    personal helicopter, and a 10,000 gallon
    underground fuel storage system.

    So when everything runs out, I will sit
    on my sofa and watch TV news, count
    my millions, and laugh.

  6. Davy on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:32 pm 

    makato an me aren’t fighting GS. I’m just doing my usual stalking and pricking.

    If we ever got in a real fight makato would kick my ass six ways to Sunday. I’m such a whining widdle dumbass pussy wimp.

  7. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:47 pm 

    Davy I’m glad your sharing how you feel.
    And then Makita will do the same thing.

    How about up ahead, in Oakville, we’ll pull
    off the interstate and get hamburgers and
    ice cream at the Dairy Queen, right after
    I gas up with ethyl.

    That’s all OK, right Aunt Mildred?

    See now isn’t it much better, now that we’re ALL getting along.

  8. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:48 pm 

    (O;

  9. makati1 on Sat, 11th May 2019 9:02 pm 

    “Go to bed makato” God you are stupid Davy!

    It is 10 AM Sunday morning here in the Philippines. Ever hear of time zones? Too much moonshine? LOL GO TRUMP!

  10. Duncan Idaho on Sat, 11th May 2019 9:17 pm 

    learn to grow your own food or raise your own meet.
    Meat
    But the article was on topic—

  11. makati1 on Sat, 11th May 2019 9:43 pm 

    Duncan, proofreading is old fashioned. Now writers depend on intelligent machines to check their spelling and punctuation. I catch many errors in articles and even books printed after 2000. But then, just reading comments here, you can tell who is educated and who is not. lol

  12. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 4:24 am 

    Speeder, juanpee is triggered and losing it. I posted nothing on this thread until now.
    “Uh Oh. Makita and Davy are fighting again.”
    Just a hint if you see a mindless Davy comment it is juanpee.
    JuanP postings:
    Davy on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:05 pm
    Davy on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:06 pm
    Davy on Sat, 11th May 2019 8:32 pm
    “It is 10 AM Sunday morning here in the Philippines. Ever hear of time zones? Too much moonshine? LOL GO TRUMP!”
    Makato loves juanpee and his dirty work.

  13. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 4:41 am 

    You read these articles every year it seems. Weather is getting crazy but it has been crazy for years now. It does seem fundamental changes are occurring without a doubt from a disrupted polar vortex with increase moisture from warming. That is a key because it means more moisture in the right pattern and the meandering jet disruption means extended patterns form. I am less worried this year than if it were a drought. Rain makes grain is something all farmers understand. Wet then a drought is bad but not as bad as drought. Farmers in bankruptcy and the trade war is transitory. The sad reality of this financial drought is every tighter concentration of farming into larger corporate farms. Yet, it also means more small scale farming with farmers taking a second job as well as smaller hobby farming. The days of a traditional family farm are in flux. Another issues is the global implications not the anti-American drool makato exhibits. This is a threat to the world especially makato Asia that is a net food importer. Makato does not like to talk about the pig virus and the army worm issue in China. He has a narrow view of food that is an American collapse point of view. The real issue is decreasing global food productivity growth. It is still increasing but at an ever smaller pace along with increased climate and pest disruption. Eventually there will be food decline with consequences for population growth. It is getting closer. I don’t agree with the wild estimates of food growth and population growth. Some estimates on food growth needed by 2050 are crazy.

  14. Shortend on Sun, 12th May 2019 6:36 am 

    Very intelligent from the peanut gallery here.
    I’ll add “Let them eat CAKE”. Now all you morons pipe down or Davy will kick you off the comment pages for good….he means this time…really he does.
    Davy has a goal in life besides petting his goats and sheep. Be the last goon writing here when the SHTF.

  15. makati1 on Sun, 12th May 2019 6:49 am 

    “Makato does not like to talk about the pig virus and the army worm issue in China”

    But, Davy, you try to divert attention away from the disaster in the US as usual. Hypocrisy in action…again? It is YOU who will be paying a lot more for groceries soon. Goat meat gets boring.

    The virus will be contained like it is everywhere it happens, including the “exceptional” US. Nothing new there.

    http://static-ssl.businessinsider.com/r-exclusive-deadly-pig-virus-re-infects-us-farm-fuels-supply-fears-2014-28 (2014)

    https://www.kcur.org/post/us-hog-farmers-see-real-threat-deadly-pig-virus-races-through-china-europe (2019)

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/07/deadly-pig-virus-african-swine-fever-us-china (2018) Hmm. It’s 2019 now … coming soon to a pig farm near you.

    BTW: Army worms cause a lot of crop damage in the US also. But Monsanto kills them and then the humans eat the corn and die. Which is worse? LOL

    BTW: China owns the US’ largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods.

    https://www.pigprogress.net/Finishers/Articles/2013/6/China-buys-Americas-largest-pork-processor-1275899W/

    Guess where your pork will be headed? Hint:China. And, the price of the oink you buy in the market will keep going up. (Profits go to China.) Not to mention the cost of ethanol laced gasoline and the corn fed meat you buy. Chickens, beef, etc. Thanks to that swamp that used to be corn fields. LOL

  16. makati1 on Sun, 12th May 2019 6:51 am 

    P.S. Davy, try breaking those word salads up if you want anyone to read them. I just scanned for my nickname and read the part that it pertained to. Not the whole spew.

  17. makati1 on Sun, 12th May 2019 6:58 am 

    Davy, I hope you remember your mother on this special day.

    I could be an asshole like you and make some immature comment about her, but she had enough pain and tribulation when she was raising you.

    Mine passed 3 years ago at age 90, so, if yours is still alive thank her for not drowning you. I would have.

  18. Anonymouse on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:01 am 

    Prick face > Neutered.

    PS it’s ‘Turd’ salads.

  19. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:21 am 

    makato, you are mistaken if I write for your benefit. You can’t understand what I am talking about anyway.

  20. Anonymouse on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:22 am 

    I worship you JuanP

  21. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:28 am 

    “Davy will kick you off the comment pages for good….he means this time…really he does. Davy has a goal in life besides petting his goats and sheep. Be the last goon writing here when the SHTF.”

    Thanks for the compliment short end. Go have a cocktail at the club house then tee up. We are talking about serious stuff here that might ruin your day in your gated community down there in sustainable South Florida.

  22. Shortend on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:44 am 

    Sure Davy, like raisi goats and sheep are sustainable…just look at Greece or Turkey. They are locust on hoofs dumasx

  23. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:47 am 

    “Davy, I hope you remember your mother on this special day. I could be an asshole like you and make some immature comment about her, but she had enough pain and tribulation when she was raising you.”

    makato, I did not run away from my family and pretend all the world’s problems are because of others. My farm is a refugee for my family. The know and appreciate what I am doing.

  24. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:49 am 

    “Sure Davy, like raisi goats and sheep are sustainable…just look at Greece or Turkey.”

    LOL, “clueless” I don’t look at nations I look locally. If you did that you might get really nervous about south Florida.

  25. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:58 am 

    “California May Go Dark This Summer, and Most Aren’t Ready”
    https://tinyurl.com/y3zqyt5n blooomberg

    “A plan by California’s biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness. And the vast majority aren’t ready for it. The plan by PG&E Corp. comes after the bankrupt utility said a transmission line that snapped in windy weather probably started last year’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history. While the plan may end one problem, it creates another as Californians seek ways to deal with what some fear could be days and days of blackouts. Some residents are turning to other power sources, a boon for home battery systems marketed by Sunrun Inc., Tesla Inc. and Vivint Solar Inc. But the numbers of those systems in use are relatively small when compared with PG&E’s 5.4 million customers. Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom said he’s budgeting $75 million to help communities deal with the threat.”

  26. Cloggie on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:15 am 

    “Sure Davy, like raisi goats and sheep are sustainable…just look at Greece or Turkey. They are locust on hoofs dumasx”

    Davy is ensuring that the gangsta mob of neighboring St. Louis has something to eat when tshtf.

  27. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:34 am 

    “Davy is ensuring that the gangsta mob of neighboring St. Louis has something to eat when tshtf.”

    cloggo, there are a few thousand gang bangers on maybe 4 city blocks. They are interested in doing drugs and killing each other mostly. They are the least of my worries but you in your infinite wisdom of the US know better. LMFAO

  28. boney joe on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:42 am 

    I worship the ground upon which JuanP touches- pure ecstasy.

    Davy PrickFace

    Do you think I’m just whistling Dixie?

    Stop making spurious aspersions or you will be reported to the Peak Oil Ombudsman.

    Your choice, pal.

    p.s. Enough already with your unhealthy fascination with all things about the cock (ebony). Give it a rest, buddy.

  29. JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:48 am 

    more juanpee puppeteering. Pal, you are a stalking lunatic and a puppeteering joke. The unhealthy fascinations with cock are yours juanpee

    one of many juanpee socks
    “boney joe on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:42 am”

  30. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:59 am 

    Oops, sorry for the confusion everyone.

    All posts by JuanP are now me. Messed up huh?

  31. JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:02 am 

    Juanpee posted this:
    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 8:59 am

    JuanP said
    Oops, sorry for the confusion everyone. Many posts by Davy are now me. Messed up huh?

  32. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:09 am 

    I am JuanP, JuanP is me, everyone in the hole universe is JuanP. Accept of course JuanP cause he doesn’t really exist other then in my deluded mind.

  33. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:12 am 

    Confusing, isn’t it?

  34. JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:17 am 

    If I sound mixed up it’s because I am.

  35. Davy is retarded on Sun, 12th May 2019 11:43 am 

    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:17 am

  36. A JuanP conversation on Sun, 12th May 2019 1:20 pm 

    AH, here is some of Juanpee’s contributions: Very informative. LOL

    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:09 am
    I am JuanP, JuanP is me, everyone in the hole universe is JuanP. Accept of course JuanP cause he doesn’t really exist other then in my deluded mind.
    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:12 am
    Confusing, isn’t it?
    JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:17 am
    If I sound mixed up it’s because I am.
    Davy is retarded on Sun, 12th May 2019 11:43 am
    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 9:17 am

  37. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:16 pm 

    JuanP has not made one single post in months.

    dumb ass

  38. JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:38 pm 

    This is a juanpee posting

    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:16 pm
    JuanP has not made one single post in months.
    dumb

  39. Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:06 pm 

    This is a dumbass posting.

    JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:38 pm

  40. JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:11 pm 

    a juanpee posting

    Davy on Sun, 12th May 2019 7:06 pm
    This is a dumbass posting.
    JuanP on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:38 pm

  41. Robert Inget on Mon, 13th May 2019 12:52 pm 

    Bean Farmers “Have Had It”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-13/grain-soy-soybeans-at-decade-low-amid-trade-war-pig-fever-woes

    It’s OVER for hundreds of US farmers.
    “Cal the bank and tell em we don’t need a loan for this year and we can’t pay 2018”.

    It’s nearly over for equipment makers, small towns
    across the MW and Far West.

    Canada OTOH remains loyal. China can still buy AG products from Canada just like the US will buy stuff from Vietnam and S. Korea. At he end of the day it will be all those loyal Trump Voters getting shafted.

    Americans are learning the hard way.
    Trump is a lousy business man.
    He lied when he said he was “First in His Class at
    Worton” Of course Trump lies about almost everything.
    Six times Trump goes bankrupt. Now he’s trying for the Big #7 USA.

    Here’s how he does it.

    There’s No talk of trying to compensate bean farmers for loses. Why you may ask?
    Cause we would need to borrow those billions
    from CHINA. What about wheat, cotton, farmers? Aren’t they entitled to help?
    https://www.barchart.com/futures

    Last week we (US) showed the worst deficits EVER recorded. May will be much worse.

    WE are now exporting oil. (lots to China) Petroleum was once the main cause of record deficits, no more..

    China will be able to buy enough agriculture goods from Australia, S. America, Mexico and Canada.

    Trump thinks US manufactures can suddenly
    replace Chinese imports.
    Beyond dumb.

    https://www.barchart.com/futures

  42. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 13th May 2019 12:57 pm 

    Beyond dumb

    Seems a Repug attraction.

  43. Paul Trafelet on Mon, 13th May 2019 4:46 pm 

    If a food crisis happens and people get busy and plant a garden this year, we could see a change in this country for the better.
    First off, People will see where their food comes from.
    Hopefully it will be grown without chemicals, so people will be healthier and have less doctor and drug bills.
    By planting a garden people will get fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. All nessesary for good health. And a little family time also to teach the younger generation a little work ethics. All this should done even if there wasn’t going to be a food crisis.
    If we all work thru this we could all make America Better.

  44. makati1 on Mon, 13th May 2019 6:19 pm 

    Paul, have you ever actually grown a garden successfully? I have. I can tell you that:

    1. Just putting seeds in the ground and waiting for a few months will not produce much food. Few Americans have ANY idea how to grow anything but debt and spoiled kids.

    2. It takes a place with good soil and plenty of water, not two inches of soil under the grass to grow a garden. Few homes have more than that. City folks have none.

    3. It takes a lot of work, in each step, from prepping the soil to final harvest, months later. Meanwhile they will starve. BTW: It takes about 1/10 acre, per person, to grow enough food to live on in temperate climates.

    Gardens are a good idea. Most everyone here in the Philippines has one and generations of experience. But, in the US, it is a sick joke. Few have the space, soil or (especially) know how to survive on their own. They lost that generations ago.

    When I was a kid some 70 years ago, gardens were common in the US. That was just after the war years. Now…? Don’t make me laugh. Only some preppers have that ability. Others are learning how while the grocery stores are still in operation. Who knows how long that crutch will last. If you don’t have the experience, start now.

  45. makati1 on Mon, 13th May 2019 6:22 pm 

    Davy goes Yip! Yip! once again. LOL

  46. Davy on Mon, 13th May 2019 6:37 pm 

    makato, you are becoming more unhinged by the day. I doubt you will make it very long there in the p’s with the mental issues you have.

  47. Davy on Mon, 13th May 2019 6:40 pm 

    “But, in the US, it is a sick joke. Few have the space, soil or (especially) know how to survive on their own. They lost that generations ago.”

    BS, makato, plenty of gardening going on around here. Everyone I know has a garden. Some have big gardens. Plenty of people don’t in the big cities. That could change quickly. It is not hard to garden dumbass. It is not rocket science, drama queen.

  48. The exceptionalturd on Mon, 13th May 2019 6:57 pm 

    Has spoken. Please don’t listen to his dumbass. He’s full of shit.

  49. makati1 on Mon, 13th May 2019 7:19 pm 

    Yip! Yip! said the Davy dog as he tries to defend the indefensible America.

    Gardening? Do you mean the weed patches that depend on Monsanto poison to produce a bit of veggies? Suicide by your own hands. Denial is rampant in America and you are the poster boy … er…Chihuahua. LOL

  50. makati1 on Mon, 13th May 2019 7:20 pm 

    MY sanity is firm, however, Yip Yip, yours is not and that FACT is obvious to all here.

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