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

Mac Slavo
May 6th, 2019
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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 AccuWeather meteorologists 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 AccuWeather senior 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.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Corn Down $7.50 today. Oh Look! Wheat & Soybeans down too!
    You want to know what reality is? Easy. Watch the Commodity Futures, not Chicken Little.

    ht tps://money.cnn.com/data/commodities/

    Agriculture
    Chicago Board of Trade Last Change % Change 52-week price range Last Update
    Corn
    July 2019 contract
    ¢ / bushel 363.25 -7.50 -2.02%
    338.75TODAY
    |||
    412.25
    11:09am ET
    Soybeans
    July 2019 contract
    ¢ / bushel 828.50 -13.75 -1.63%
    812.25TODAY
    |||
    1,051
    11:09am ET
    Wheat
    July 2019 contract
    ¢ / bushel 436.25 -1.75 -0.40%
    426.00TODAY
    |||
    593.00
    11:09am ET

  2. Stuart says:

    If you want to know the actual truth, watch the Commodity Futures.
    Corn down $7.50 today.

    ht tps://money.cnn.com/data/commodities/

  3. TharSheBlows says:

    Remember last year all of these phony CIA written stories about how Venezuela was crashing due to communism? And I kept coming on here and telling you it was a US plot for more nation destroying by the US and western allies with crippling banking and trade sanctions.

    I am right again again and again. Listen to TharSheBlows. I know the facts and can distinguishing between fact and CIA propaganda BS the masses get sucked into like feather in a fan. Trust me the CIA Is hard at work on the ground in Venezuela destroying, and plotting failed coups and the rest of the chaos nonsense.

    Article:

    Leaked: USA’s Feb 2018 Plan For A Coup In Venezuela
    05-05-2019 • ht tps://www.zerohedge.com, by Eric Zuesse
    ht tps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-05/leaked-usas-feb-2018-plan-coup-venezuela

    This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who was the Commander (the chief), at SOUTHCOM, and he was thus the top U.S. military official handling Venezuela. But this was far more than just a military plan.

    It was comprehensive — directing military, diplomatic, and propaganda, policies — regarding the Trump Administration’s planned “Overthrow” of Venezuela’s Government. His plan has since guided the Administration’s entire operation, including “the capacities of the psychological war,” regarding Venezuela.

    It instructed SOUTHCOM:

    Encouraging popular dissatisfaction by increasing scarcity and rise in price of the foodstuffs, medicines and other essential goods for the inhabitants. Making more harrowing and painful the scarcities of the main basic merchandises.” …

    intensifying the undercapitalization of the country, the leaking out of foreign currency and the deterioration of its monetary base, bringing about the application of new inflationary measures.” …
    Here is the document’s entire text:

    SOUTHCOM
    TOP SECRET
    23 FEB 2018

    PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP “MASTERSTROKE”

    UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND 23 FEBRUARY 2018

    TOP SECRET/20180223

    CURRENT SITUATION

    The Venezuelan Chavista dictatorship staggers as a result of its frequent internal problems; there is a great shortage of foodstuffs, an exhaustion of the sources of foreign currency and a rampant corruption. The international support, won with petrodollars, becomes scarcer each time and the purchasing power of its national currency is in a constant downfall.

    Such scenario is not supposed to change, but the Venezuelan present-day leaders, as they usually do, in their despair to preserve their power, are capable to appeal to new populist measures that perpetuate their positions of privilege; the only mechanism that sustains them obstinate to the struggle to hold on their positions.

    Maduro’s corrupt regimen will collapse but regrettably, the divided opposing forces, legitimate defenders of democracy and the well-being of their people, do not have power enough to put an end to the Venezuelan nightmare and the awakening of theirs beloved nation at a luminous dawn, in which the vision of fortune, true peace and tranquility predominate for their fellow citizens.

    The internal disputes, the supreme particular likings, the corruption similar to the one of their rivals, as well as the scarcity of rooting, do not grant them the opportunity to make the most of this situation and to give the necessary step to overturn the state of penury and precariousness in which the pressure group, that exercises the leftist dictatorship, has submerged the country. We are at the presence of an unprecedented criminal action in Latin America.

    This affects the entire region, there is no respect to international right and local political alternatives are unacceptable.

    Democracy spreads out in America, continent in which radical populism was intended to take over. Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil are examples of it. The rebirth of democracy has the support of the most valuable determinations, and the conditions in the regions run in its favour.

    It is the time for the United States to prove, with concrete actions, that they are implicated in that process, where overthrowing Venezuelan dictatorship will surely mean a continental turning point.

    It is the first opportunity of the Trump Administration to bring forward the vision in reference to security and democracy. Showing its active commitment is crucial, not only for the administration, but also for the continent and for the world.

    The time has come to

    Step to speed up the definite overthrow of Chavismo and the expulsion of its representative:

    Undermining the decadent popular support to Government.

    •Encouraging popular dissatisfaction by increasing scarcity and rise in price of the foodstuffs, medicines and other essential goods for the inhabitants. Making more harrowing and painful the scarcities of the main basic merchandises.

    Securing he the present-day dictator’s irreversible deterioration

    •Developing actions to encourage the egocentrism and the verbal incontinence of the Dictator, compelling him to fall into mistakes that generate greater distrust and rejection domestically, while continuing to minimize the international significance of his public figure.

    •To beseige him, to ridicule him and to pose him as symbol of awkwardness and incompetence. To expose him as a puppet of Cuba. Exacerbating the division among members of the governing group. Revealing the differences in his living conditions with respect to those of his followers, at the same time to incite them to keep on increasing those divergences. Highlighting examples as the ones of Rafael Ramirez from PDVSA and Nelson Mercengtes from gthe BCV.

    •Making his government unsustainable, forcing him to claudication, to negotiate or to run away, as other close collaborators have done.

    •Making provisions for a back or escaping door, in case he finally chooses to look for a safe port out of his country.

    Increasing the internal instability to a critical level.

    •Intensifying the undercapitalizatioin of the country, the leaking out of foreign currency and the deterioration of its monetary base, bringing about the application of new inflationary measures that increase its deterioration and that simultaneously provoke the citizens with less access — who support the present-day rulers — and those who are best positioned, to see their social status threatened or affected. Establishing that the use of bitcoin, Petro, is a key element in the deterioration of the economy, which is an unconstitutional and illegal manipulation of the national currency, useable for money laundering.

    •Fully obstructing imports, and at the same time, discouraging potential foreign investors in order to contribute to make more critical the situation of the population — mainly in the sphere of oil, essential for any attempt of recuperation of the national economy.

    •Appealing to domestic allies as well as other people inserted from abroad in the national scenario in order to generate protests, riots and insecurity, plunders, thefts, assaults and highjacking of vessels as well as other means of transportation, with the intention of deserting this country in crisis through all borderlands and other possible ways, jeopardizing in such a way the National Security of neighboring frontier nations. Causing victims and holding the Government responsible for them. Magnifying, in front of the world, the humanitarian crisis in which the country has been submitted to.

    •Making use of the generalized corruption and the originating profits from their operations with prohibited drugs, to do away with their image in front of the world and their domestic followers.

    •Promoting fatigue inside the members of the PSUV, inciting the annoyance and nonconformity among themselves, for them to break noisily away from the line of the Government; for them to refuse the measures and restrictions which also affect them, inciting the rising of internal politic factions, which divides it in its schism, making it as weak as the the opposition is. Creating frictions between the PSUV and “Somos Venezuela”.

    •Structuring a plan to get the profuse desertion of the most qualified professionals from the country, in order “to leave it with no professionals at all”, which will aggravate even more the internal situation and along these lines putting the blame on of Government.

    Using the army officers as an alternative of definite solution.

    •Continuing hardening the conditions inside the Armed Forces to carry out a coup d’etat before concluding 2018, if the crisis does not make the dictatorship to collapse or the dictator does not decide to move aside.

    •Continuing setting fire to the common frontier with Colombia. Multiplying the traffic of fuel and other goods. The movement of paramilitaries, armed raids and drug trafficking. Provoking armed incidents with the Venezuelan frontier security forces.

    •Recruiting paramilitaries mainly in the campsites of refugees in Cucuta, La Guajira and the north of Santander, areas largely populated by Colombian citizens who emigrated to Venezuela and now return, run away from the regimen to intensify the destabilizing activities in the common frontier between both countries. Making use of the empty space left by the FARC, the belligerency of the ELN and the activities in the area of the Gulf Clan.

    •Preparing the involvement of allied forces in support of the Venezuelan army officers or to control the internal crisis, in the event they delay too much in taking the initiative.

    •Establishing a speedy time line that prevents the Dictator to continue winning control on the internal scenario. If it’s necessary, act before the elections stipulated for next April.

    •Getting the support of the allied authorities of friendly countries (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Panama and Guyana).

    •Organizing the provisioning, relief of troops, medical and logistic support from Panama. Making good use of the facilities of electronic surveillance and signals intelligence, the hospitals and its deployed endowments in Danen, the equipped airdromes for the Colombian Plan, as well as the landing fields of the old-time military bases of Howard and Albrook, as well as the one belonging to “Rio Halo”. In addition, the Humanitarian Regional Center of the United Nations, designed for situations of catastrophes and humanitarian emergency, which has an aerial landing field and its own warehouses.

    •Moving on the basification of combat airplanes and choppers, armored conveyances, intelligence positions, and special military and logistics units (police and military district attorneys and prisons).

    •Developing the military operation under international flag, patronized by the Conference of American Armies, under the protection of the OAS and the supervision, in the legal and media context, of the Secretary General Luis Almagro. Declaring the necessity that the continental commandment be strengthened to act, using the instrument of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, in order to avoid the democratic rupture.

    •Binding Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Panama to the contribution of greater number of troops, to make use of their geographic proximity and experience in operations in forest regions. Strengthening their international condition with the presence of combat units from the United States of America and the other named countries, under the command of a Joint General Staff led by the USA.

    •Using the facilities at Panamanian territory for the rear guard and the capacities of Argentina for the securing of the ports and the maritime positions.

    •Leaning on Brazil and Guyana to make use of the migratory situation that we intend to encourage in the border with Guyana.

    •Coordinating the support to Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad and Tabago and other States in front of the flow of Venezuelan immigrants in the event of the crisis. Promoting international participation in this effort, as part of the multilateral operation with contribution of the States, Non-Profit Organizations and international bodies. Supplying the adequate logistic, intelligence, surveillance and control support.

    •Anticipating, specially, the most vulnerable points in Arauca, Puerto Carreno and Ininda, Maicao, Barranquilla and Sincelejo, in Colombia, and Roramia, Manaos and Boa Vista, in Brazil.

    Information Strategie

    •Silencing the symbolic presence of Chavez-representative of unit and popular support-, and in the other way around, keeping the harassment to the Dictator as the only responsible of the crisis in which he has submerged the nation.

    •Holding the Dictator and his closer followers responsible, in the first place, for the prevailing crisis due to his inability to find the way out that the Venezuelans are in need of.

    •Intensifying the media denouncement about the cubanization of Venezuela.

    •Outstandingly intensifying the denouncement toward Maduro’s regimen, considering him:

    1.A criminal

    2.A illegitimate

    3.A thief of the wealth of the Venezuelan people

    4.Someone who plunders the national treasury to carry out his evasion

    •Highlighting the incompetence of the mechanisms of integration created by the regimens of Cuba and Venezuela, specially the ALBA and PETROCARIBE, in order to tackle the situation of the country and their inability to find solutions to the problems that the citizens are facing.

    •Increasing, inside the country and through the mass media established abroad, the dissemination of designed messages based on testimonies and publications originated in the country, making use of all the possible capacities, including the social networks.

    •Claiming, through that mass media, the need to put an end to this situation because of its unsustainable essence.

    •Justifying and assuring through violent means the international backup to the deposal of the dictatorship, displaying an extensive dissemination, inside the country and to the entire world, through all the open means and the capacities of the psychological war of the US ARMY.

    •Assuring that the disclosed images and reports of the military actions are approved by the General Staff to prevent their manipulation and use by the enemy.

    •The United States should entirely back up the OAS, strengthening the image of the OAS and other multilateral institutions for the inter-American system, as instruments for the solution to the regional problems.

    •Promoting the request of the the dispatch of a UNO military force for the imposition of peace, once Nicolas Maduro’s corrupt dictatorship is defeated.

    [signature]

    K.W. TIDD

    Admiral, USN

    COMMANDER

    • You were right.

      Have you vetted this document? I looked into it a few days ago when it was posted on the MOA site, but can’t find any proof of it being authentic. It’s labelled Top Secret. So who leaked it? Admiral Tidd used to be in charge of SouthCom and he is a fellow at the Atlantic Council so it could be real. The Atlantic Council comes up with a lot of stuff like this. Some of the language sounds like think tank language and not military . Maybe it’s not really a military document and he just put his signature on a think tank paper. Or maybe it’s fake.

      • NO, he was not. The document is a plan to overthrow the regime in Venezuela, yes. It is to take advantage of the current crisis, brought about by socialism. It is not the reason for their collapse. The dictatorial behavior of Maduro is well documented, as is the popular uprising against him for years before this was written.
        The document is dated 2/2018. I’ve been following the collapse of Venezuela for 6 years, so the issues predate the document.

        congrats, you bought into the socialist propaganda.

    • Anonymous says:

      •Developing actions to encourage the egocentrism and the verbal incontinence of the Dictator, compelling him to fall into mistakes that generate greater distrust and rejection domestically, while continuing to minimize the international significance of his public figure.

      Done this before

      •Making provisions for a back or escaping door, in case he finally chooses to look for a safe port out of his country.

      Done this before

      Cute.

      The 80’s taught me well.

    • Stuart says:

      Well, there you go Blowing again. Why don’t you quit wasting comment space an go Blow someone else?

      Oh… and Venezuela is crashing due to Socialism – not Communism. What a maroon.

    • No, you’re not an admiral, little guy.

  4. Old Guy says:

    they have until the second week in June to get corn ,soybeans and grain sorgum planted. Lots of farmers plant soybeans in july after they harvest the winter wheat

  5. aljamo says:

    Yeah, the US yankee NWO pigs could manage the Venezuelan natural resources better than the socialist government in place there presently. Of course all to their own benefit reducing the population in Venezuela to abject poverty. I see the push to steal their oil with the rising gas prices here at home. Get on board America or we will raise the cost of a gallon of gas to the moon.. The US blockade of medicine into Venezuela is a crime against humanity. Freemason Guaido, US schooled stooge to wreak havoc on a democratic elected government.

  6. The Deplorable Renegade says:

    Last time I checked a certain percentage of the nation’s corn crop is set aside every year for ethanol production. Ethanol is added to gasoline supposedly to help the environment but all it really does is water down the gas and cause mechanical problems for a lot of people. If we’re facing a severe shortage then we’ll have to stop ethanol production altogether. Corn was made to be eaten, NOT to be fuel. I’ll take my corn on the cob, with butter of course, LOL.

  7. Brian says:

    The latter the planting date, the greater the risk of an early winter event ruining the harvest. Even if all goes well,if farmers all plant in the very last part of the planting season, the crops will all come in at the same time for harvest. A lot of soybeans and corn that were in storage were destroyed by the flooding. By requiring that a certain percentage of the gasoline being sold be ethanol, Congress tied the availability of gasoline to the corn harvests. As long as they can quickly suspend the requirement, it should be alright. I’m not sure what would happen to automobile engines that have run on a gasoline/ethanol mix for a long time to suddenly go to pure gasoline.

  8. Corn grows straight up making an excellent pole to grow green beans or peas which naturally climb and grow up without harming the corn. Plant squash or whatever with the corn and it cuts down on weeds.

    Choose a section of your yard. Prepare the soil by turning it with a shovel. Work composted leaves and grass and table scraps, into the soil. Make a circle shaped row so water will collect and not run off. Plant three seeds together.

    Water with a hose or set up an underground water system from your water catchment system which can simply come from the gutters on your house, into a container and then into a rubber hose with holes to let the water out. You can also use a sprinkler system like the one for your lawn. Many people replace the lawn in their yards with a vegtable garden.

    I prefer to dedicate my yard to a combination of functions. A great outdoor barbeque pit is essential. A nice place for eating and relaxing under a shaded roof, surrounded by trees that bear fruit, nuts, and other edibles. I plant perennials. Every year they come back with edible flowers, herbs and spices, grapes on the vine, olives, lavender, and more.

    And I dedicate a small section to growing tomatoes, lettuce, and other vegtables. I don’t want to spend all my time gardening. But if there was ever an absence of food in the stores, I could get by. I think everyone would be wise to get their yards to provide at least a little something to eat. It is not that hard to do if you start with one or two things. Plant strawberries around your Roses as groundcover.

    .

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ethanol? I say, the less the better. Of course the crap GMO corn they get from Monsanto that is inedible (maybe be turned into HFCS to give your kids diabetes) isn’t the same as real corn, but I have no sympathy for factory farmers that only plant to destroy my engines with E15.

  10. Bert says:

    Corn, the nibblets fully intact, perhaps a 75 calorie serving is OK to eat per day. Any other form of the corn where you separate the corn fiber away, and it becomes a poison to the liver.

    Processed corn products are the main cause of the American obesity crisis, and that corn processed shit is in nearly all processed foods.

    Again, SHTF has the wrong crisis story. THE CRISIS IS THE BIG CARBOHYDRATE AMERICAN DIET.

    Americans need only 10% of the corn crop. End the subsidies. Have the farmers grow healthy veggies and put the big carbohydrate garbage food companies out of business.

  11. Silly Me says:

    Quite obviously, the elimination of small farmers is being processed. Say chemtrails.

  12. Brian says:

    The American Indians (east coast) grew corn(maize), beans, and squash together because they complement each other. The reports from the flooded areas show some of the farmers are catching up on their planting. It’s spotty depending on where you are. Western Iowa is still flooded. This year seems to be marked with flooding/droughts more so than usual. I’ve seen reports from Europe, American Midwest, Iran, India, etc. I just don’t trust mainstream media to keep us advised.

  13. southside says:

    Does anybody know a good scope to go on an AR sighted at 100 yds.?

  14. Blather says:

    Higher food prices coming for sure. And common goods also because of the Demokwaps giving in to the communist and TURD world countries.

    Payback time now, under Trump but a stronger America in the coming years. Got to rights the wrongs of the Demokwaps. In the coming years it might have meant a bankrupt America.

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