This article was originally published by Micahel Snyder at The Most Important News.
The information that I am about to share with you is extremely alarming, but I have always endeavored to never sugarcoat things for my readers. Right now, there are shortages of certain items in grocery stores across the United States, and food supplies have gotten very tight all over the globe.
I have repeatedly warned that this is just the beginning, but I didn’t realize how dire things have already gotten until I received an email from a farming insider that I have corresponded with over the years. I asked him if I could publicly share some of the information that he was sharing with me, and he said that would be okay as long as I kept his name out of it.
According to this farming insider, dramatically increased costs for fertilizer will make it impossible for many farmers to profitably plant corn this year. The following is an excerpt from an email that he recently sent me…
“Things for 2022 are interesting (and scary). Input costs for things like fertilizer, liquid nitrogen and seeds are like triple and quadruple the old prices. It will not be profitable to plant this year. Let me repeat, the economics will NOT work. Our plan, is to drop about 700 acres of corn off and convert to soybeans (they use less fertilizer, and we also have chicken manure from that operation). Guess what? We are not the only ones with those plans. Already there is a shortage of soybean seeds, so we will see how that will work out. The way I see it, there will be a major grain shortage later in the year, especially with corn. I mean, we are small with that. What about these people in the midwest who have like 10,000 acres of corn? This will not be good.”
Once I received that message, I wrote him back with some questions that I had.
In response, he expanded on his comments in a subsequent email…
As for the farming, I see it getting bad. Things like fertilizer and liquid nitrogen have tripled and quadrupled in price. Yes commodity prices are up, but that certainly wont cover the new increased input costs. We are in NC, so while certainly not like the midwest, we still grow grain. The midwest of course will have these same higher input costs as well.Corn for example, typically takes about 600 pounds of fertilizer per acre, plus 50 gallons of liquid nitrogen. Times that by many acres and thats a lot of money. Soybeans take much less. The plan for us, and most others around here, is to drastically cut corn acres and switch to soybeans. Problem is, there is apparently a soybean seed shortage because others have this plan as well. We were lucky enough to pre buy enough to do it. However, most people, especially younger farmers, or farmers where that is all they do, probably don’t have the money to front like that.The way I see it, a corn shortage will come. I guess there could possibly be a glut of soybeans, but remember that could depend on the seed being available. I guess there are other alternatives, maybe milo, oats, or barley. Of course the corn market is much larger. Think animal feed and ethanol. I mean for animals, soybeans are used too, but its a mix. What happens to the animal producers who depend on reasonably priced corn? I just don’t see how it can end well. I mean, even if we end up with plenty of soybeans, even a glut, then you have a busted market for that. I don’t know. There just isnt much history to base any of this on. I just see it hurting both grain farmers, and animal farmers, and also translating to more shortages and price increases for consumers who buy the end products.
I was stunned when I first read that.
Corn is one of the foundational pillars of our food supply.
If you go to the grocery store and start reading through the ingredients of various products, you will quickly discover that corn is in just about everything in one form or another.
So what is our country going to look like if a severe corn shortage actually happens?
I don’t even want to think about that.
Of course, fertilizer prices are not just going through the roof here in the United States.
In South America, high fertilizer prices are going to dramatically affect coffee production…
Christina Ribeiro do Valle, who comes from a long line of coffee growers in Brazil, is this year paying three times what she paid last year for the fertilizer she needs. Coupled with a recent drought that hit her crop hard, it means Ms. do Valle, 75, will produce a fraction of her Ribeiro do Valle brand of coffee, some of which is exported.
There is also a shortage of fertilizer. “This year, you pay, then put your name on a waiting list, and the supplier delivers it when he has it,” she said.
If you love to drink coffee in the morning, you will soon be paying much more for that privilege.
Over in Africa, fertilizer prices could result in “30 million metric tons less food produced”…
Fertilizer demand in sub-Saharan Africa could fall 30% in 2022, according to the International Fertilizer Development Center, a global nonprofit organization. That would translate to 30 million metric tons less food produced, which the center says is equivalent to the food needs of 100 million people.
“Lower fertilizer use will inevitably weigh on food production and quality, affecting food availability, rural incomes and the livelihoods of the poor,” said Josef Schmidhuber, deputy director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s trade and markets division.
Where in the world are we going to get enough food to replace “the food needs of 100 million people”?
This is beyond serious.
Basically, the stage is being set for the sort of historic global crisis that I have been relentlessly warning about.
Many Americans had assumed that even if the rest of the world was suffering that we would be immune.
But now there are widespread shortages all over the nation, and The Wall Street Journal just published a major article entitled “U.S. Food Supply Is Under Pressure, From Plants To Store Shelves”.
This is really happening.
In Washington D.C., residents are being instructed to “just buy what you need and leave some for others”…
“If you’re hitting the grocery store to prepare for winter weather, please just buy what you need and leave some for others! You may have noticed empty shelves in some stores due to national supply chain issues, but there is no need to buy more than you normally would.”
What would have been unimaginable just a few years ago is now making headlines on a daily basis.
Of course, it isn’t just our food supply that is under threat. As Victor Davis Hansen has aptly noted, our country is now in the process of undergoing a “systems collapse”…
In modern times, as in ancient Rome, several nations have suffered a “systems collapse.” The term describes the sudden inability of once-prosperous populations to continue with what had ensured the good life as they knew it.
Abruptly, the population cannot buy, or even find, once plentiful necessities. They feel their streets are unsafe. Laws go unenforced or are enforced inequitably. Every day things stop working. The government turns from reliable to capricious if not hostile.
A lot of people are going to be caught off guard by the pace of change.
Things are shifting so rapidly that it really is hard to keep up with it all unless you are paying very close attention.
Now that you have been exposed to the information in this article, please don’t go back to sleep.
This is not a drill.
We really are heading into a nightmare scenario, and I strongly urge you to act accordingly.
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Not many listen until it’s too late. I’ve warned family, friends and many acquaintances for 15 years of this type of failure. Only a few have taken any action and only recently. Good luck sheep, you’re going to need it.
A failure in production/delivery of fuelstuffs will precipitate the ultimate collapse and shut down of modernity, and ultimately lead to mass starvation and the ensuing chaos – it will be biblical. It cannot be averted. It will mean cascading failures of multiple types of machines/infrastructure that have a 0 tolerance for neglect and for which present existential threat to all life on earth. The die has been cast.
We’re all gonna need it.
At least the Soy Boys will eat lol. Went to the nursery today and it’s fully stocked, seeds, fertilizer, plants, etc. My next move is getting a bunch of grow pots and mixing up a bunch of supersoil. I live around a bunch of ranchers that are friends and I can buy meat from them. Besides the plethora of #10 cans we will be fine. Just need about 300lbs. more sugar lol. A couple years ago I got 1/2 ton of wheat double bagged long term storage for 100 bux from craigslist. Many other great deals too. Beef… it’s whats fer dinner!
Grow BAGS not grow pots ooops.
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January 29, 2022 at 9:21 pm
I have some of these kinds of educational toys and think they’re neat. But, improvised jar lids work perfect.
Several of these doomsday plagues never necessarily met Koch’s Postulates, and miracle cures are reported from old timey remedies.
I agree. However I am a creature who makes my life as comfortable as I can, why would I not? I have 2 of the jar things and it’s very unproductive if used on a daily basis. With a 120 dollar “machine” I have what I want every day, I have electricity, grid or not. Doesn’t matter. I just like the tinker toys of life and playing with interesting stuff. I might invent a million dollar idea or I might blow my house up.
If this isn’t the end of all things, invent a million dollar idea. Let these Insiders eat your dust.
Meh, I’m too old and lazy to persue starting some big biz. Just sell ideas.
Although it’s technically a risk to put ads in online, social media, there’s also a niche market for attractive produce, and lurking chefs.
My county is putting home cooks, street vendors, and suchlike, on low priority, for now.
the largest owner of farmland in the us is communist china. the largest INDIVIDUAL farmland owner is bill gates. looks like their friends have found a way to run out all the independent farmers.
Wait till you see what food costs when they are to only farmers left . we will be eating bugs .
Dry ice, oxygen packets, vacuum bags, freeze dry, dehydrate, canning supplies, pink salt, freezers, fertilizer, rototiller, hand tools, rain tanks, compost soil, plastic see thru storage bins, surge protectors with delay timers & generator.
This is why we need to go to war with Russia and destroy the agricultural capacity of the the Ukraine (a major global supplier of grain and wheat). (LOL!!)
Don’t worry, it will only starve people in Africa and Europe.
About 3/4 of the corn grown in this country is used for animal feed and producing ethanol for use as an unnecessary gasoline additive. Most of the rest is exported. Less than 3% finds its way into human food products. The problem is not a food shortage. Its priorities. We could cut a couple percent out of ethanol and animal feed production and double what is planted for humans.
We got 20 dozen of sweet corn from the neighbor Amish for free last year. It was just starting to get old so we put it up for creamed corn instead of kernel corn. Next year he said he will plant extra for us.
I recommend going to your butcher and pricing untrimmed beef hearts. They often have quite a few since most people don’t want them. Our butcher sells them for .95/lb. Cook whole and cool, then trim and cube the meat. I use them for the dog, pickle some and can it, and also can up unpickled for us or the dog. I trim the fat off after cooking and then render it in the crockpot. From 6 hearts, you get about a quart of clean tallow. This will keep a long time even unrefrigerated. Use it like you would use lard. It is great for cooking or baking and even makes good candles. I have a shelf full of homemade jar candles for when (not if) the power goes out permanently. You can also still eat the tallow from these jar candles in a pinch or make some lye from wood ashes and use the tallow to make soap.
You would think all those Asian Carp in the midwest rivers they want gone would produce a fine fertilizer for corn.
Save your chicken bones and/or carcass from roast chicken and put them in a slow cooker for a day. The bones become soft and the dog scarfs them down. The bone cartilage and marrow is liquified and then you have bone broth you can use for noodle soup or chicken corn soup. This is the type of chicken soup gramma would give you…not the crappy canned stuff. This stuff contains all the beneficial nutrients your body needs.
As far as fertilizer shortages go, I snatched up some gallons of ammonia at the dollar store. This is the same as the urea fertilizer (nitrogen) in liquid form. You just dilute it with water a tablespoon or two per gallon and then spray it or water your plants with it. You can also use human piss as long as there is not a bunch of pharmaceuticals in it.
Another way to fertilize is with compost tea. Take a five gallon bucket and fill about 1/3 with well rotted compost. Fill up with water, put the lid on, and let sit in sun for about a week, stirring daily. Use a watering can to put on plants every couple of weeks. Refill with water as needed.
I think, your amendments are better than petrochems.
In third world countries (read, preview of coming attractions) where solid waste is an issue, composting is used to raise temps steaming hot, or you get amoebic dysentery.
Chicken and turkey manure are high in Nitrogen too. I’ve heard that wood ashes are a good source of replacement Potash. I don’t know what is good for phosphates though. Anybody Know?
If you compost everything you can, your garden should not have a problem. The problem is mostly with commercial farming where the produce goes elsewhere and no nutrients are returned back to the soil. That’s why they need to fertilize every year.
Or you could make bone meal. Or you could buy some ahead of time if your soil needs it.
R/w – Got to be careful how much chicken manure you mix in the soil, it’s high in ammonia and can burn the roots of the plants. It happened to me and I had to mix in more soil.
Out of curiosity, what is a “farming insider”?
I don’t know,, maybe this year I’ll put in a garden of some sort, haven’t had one since my wife passed away 4 or 5 years ago. but the only thing I had was pumpkins for the great grandkids and probably will do that again this year. With my wife of 48 yrs being gone, I’ve lost interest in so things that my wife and I used to do together . Gardening was one of them, maybe I’ll get off of my rear end and have a garden again this years. Only time will tell.