Worsening Illinois drought points to increasingly ominous signs for crops – likely worst on record

Corn fields across Illinois have been devastated by what many are now calling the worst Illinois drought on record. Higher food prices will hit U.S. consumers in 10 months.
July 27, 2012CHICAGOMore than 95 percent of Illinois is in a severe drought or worse, according to a national report Thursday that increased concerns about how the hot, dry summer is affecting farming. Most of Cook County is in a moderate drought, and other parts of the Chicago area are suffering through severe drought. But the central and southern portions of Illinois are experiencing even worse conditions that are classified as extreme or exceptional, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. “In a lot of places in Illinois, this is the worst they remember,” said Emerson Nafziger, a professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois. About 66 percent of the state’s corn crop is in poor to very poor condition, according to a report his week from the Illinois Department of Agriculture. In states that are major producers of corn nationwide, about 45 percent of the corn is poor or worse, though the total produced this year won’t be known until after September, when harvesting begins, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the same time last year, only 14 percent of corn crops nationwide were considered poor. Nationally, almost 40 percent of agricultural land is experiencing at least a severe drought, which makes the 2012 drought more extensive than any other since the 1950s, according to the USDA. Illinois Climatologist Jim Angel said July’s heat and lack of rain could make this drought its worst on record, especially because all across the state, farmers’ soil is showing signs of having very little moisture, something essential for plant health. Less corn production usually means higher food prices, according to the USDA, though the full effect of a sparse corn harvest wouldn’t move through to grocery stores until at least 10 months from now. But grocery shoppers could see the price of chicken or eggs and other meats increase sooner than that, since farmers often scale back on their livestock when the cost of corn feed is high, which can happen when corn production is low, Nafziger said. –Chicago Tribune
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18 Responses to Worsening Illinois drought points to increasingly ominous signs for crops – likely worst on record

  1. Chris Gerber says:

    The preppers have it right, I think. For the rest of society, a quick study of how our older generation lived through the great depression or how our grandparents lived in this country might be in order? Lifestyle is changing quickly don’t you think?

  2. Sam Beckett says:

    Huh, though I take it as a grain of salt. I do find it interesting that the “web bot data gap” & the date for the expected significant rise in our groceries happen at the same time. The data gap is from March 2013 to June 2013.

  3. Henry Smith says:

    Time will shortly be upon the entire human race when a loaf of bread will cost a weeks’ wages…The Word of the Lord tells us….Henry Smith

  4. Joseph t. Repas says:

    Farmers in areas with enough rain will get good prices which might even enable them to pay a bill or two but seed production for next year’s crops will probably be sparse and expensive.

  5. Fran says:

    What happened to the U.S. reserves of wheat and corn? These were put in place for such an event, and farmers were actually limited by U. S. regulations as to how much they could plant…they were subsidized for NOT planting. Are all of our reserves going overseas?

  6. James says:

    My potato and onion crops are not doing that great. I have a few good onions and potatoes. Part of it is because when my wife was in the hospital I wasn’t here to water them and deweed the garden and I still haven’t got all of the weeds out. Even though it is much better now. I plan to if these rain clouds pass over to mow my yard to day and work on deweeding my crops again.

    • elijahsmom3 says:

      James, how is your wife?

      • James says:

        She is doing much better. She is able to get around better now and is doing some of the things she used to do. She still has a hard time eating and she is not back up to her old physical activity level. She is still losing weight from not being able to sleep. She has dropped down to a size XL. This is down from a 4XL. She still is swelling pretty bad and she is getting an irregular heart beat from the blood thinners but she has to be on the blood thinners to bust the rest of that clot out. It is kind of a lose lose situation but I believe that God is going to finish healing her and things will end up better than before. How are you and your family?

      • elijahsmom3 says:

        We will keep the prayers coming. Baby ok? The power of prayer is an amazing thing. Sometime I’ll tell you the story of my oldest daughters bone tumor. I truly believe she would not be here if not for the many, many people we had praying for us at the time.
        Everything here is good. Elijah turns four tomorrow, and my two oldest daughters are moving out soon. Its crazy having kids so far apart in age. Kinda feels like two different lives. But, God is good. Life is good.

      • James says:

        Thank you so much. Sorry for the delayed response. I have just been busy. The baby is doing great. He is very healthy and happy. He is is now wearing 0-3 months on his upper body but pants he is still in newborns. He is built like me for sure. He has my head and bone structure but his mothers facial features. He is a good mix between the two of us. You can tell who his parents are for sure.

    • Irene Santos says:

      I hope your wife is doing better. These are very stressful times and my heart goes out to everyone.

      • James says:

        Thank you so much, Stephanie is doing much better but she still has a long way to go. Please keep praying for us.

  7. Wes says:

    Things were much different back during the last depression,people had morals for the best part and the population was much less. People now loot and plunder just to have some thing to do when power goes out, so what will happen when food and water is hard to come by?

  8. shastatodd says:

    in the very near future ‘wealth’ will be measured by the strength of your local community and the fertility/productivity of your soil/ability to grow food.

    relocalize – soon it will not be a choice

  9. Artoro says:

    I made a trip to Ohio last week, and I have always looked forward to seeing all the deep green vegetation because I live in the desert most of the year. I was very surprised to see all the hay colored lawns and partially brown trees already shedding their leaves in the middle of July. They didn’t get much snow last winter and very little rain so far this summer. It really makes a big difference when we don’t get snow during the winter months. The lawns and few trees in Nevada are actually greener. I also noticed as we flew over farms, the large hay and brown colored patches of land which are normally a plush green. We’ll have a food shortage for sure this winter.

  10. Cor says:

    Are we still going to be shipping grains overseas to feed the rest of the world?

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