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Crop Catastrophe In The Midwest – Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Indicates That A Nightmare Scenario Is Upon Us

Michael Snyder
May 27th, 2019
The Economic Collapse Blog
Comments (38) Read by 4,152 people

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

The last 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and this has created absolutely horrific conditions for U.S. farmers.  Thanks to endless rain and historic flooding that has stretched on for months, many farmers have not been able to plant crops at all, and a lot of the crops that have actually been planted are deeply struggling.  What this means is that U.S. agricultural production is going to be way, way down this year.  The numbers that I am about to share with you are deeply alarming, and they should serve as a wake-up call for all of us.  The food that each one of us eats every day is produced by our farmers, and right now our farmers are truly facing a nightmare scenario.

You can view the latest USDA crop progress report right here.  According to that report, corn and soybean production is way behind expectations.

Last year, 78 percent of all corn acreage had been planted by now.  This year, that number is sitting at just 49 percent.

And the percentage of corn that has emerged from the ground is at a paltry 19 percent compared to 47 percent at this time last year.

We see similar numbers when we look at soybeans.

Last year, 53 percent of all soybean acreage had been planted by now.  This year, that number has fallen to 19 percent.

And the percentage of soybeans that have emerged from the ground is just 5 percent compared to 24 percent at this time last year.

In other words, we are going to have a whole lot less corn and soybeans this year.

Farmers in the middle of the country desperately need conditions to dry out for an extended period of time, but so far that has not happened.

In fact, last week the heartland was hit by yet another string of devastating storms.  The following comes from CNN

Ten people are dead and a 4 year-old boy remains missing after more than a week of severe weather across the central US that put tens of millions of people at risk.

The deadly spring storm system ravaged several states, unleashing more than 170 reported tornadoes, fierce winds, drenching rain, flash flooding and hail.

One of the tornadoes that was spawned absolutely devastated the capital city of Missouri.  It was reportedly a mile wide, and it stayed on the ground for almost 20 miles

A clearer picture emerged Friday of the size and scope of the powerful tornadoes that tore across Missouri on Wednesday night, leaving a trail of destruction in their paths. The state’s capital, Jefferson City, was among the hardest-hit places, struck overnight by a tornado with a peak wind speed of 160 mph that has been given preliminary rating of EF3.

The monstrous nighttime tornado that struck Jefferson City, a city with a population of about 42,000, was almost a mile wide and was on the ground for nearly 20 miles, toppling homes, ripping roofs off homes and business below.

What we are witnessing is definitely not “normal”, and I have had a number of readers write to me about this recently.  The other day one of my readers in Montana sent me a photograph of a freak May snowstorm that had just hit his area, and another one of my readers in Missouri explained that his boss is freaking out because they haven’t been able to get soybeans in the ground.  All over the country, people want answers, and they are frustrated with the lack of information that they are getting from the mainstream media.

Unfortunately, the truth is that things are going to get worse.  Global weather patterns are dramatically shifting, and there is nothing that the authorities will be able to do to stop it from happening.

And it isn’t just in the United States where we are seeing widespread crop failures.  I would encourage you to check out my previous article entitled “Floods And Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet – Could A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?”  In that article, I discussed the fact that Australia will actually be importing lots of wheat this year, but normally it is one of the largest exporters of wheat in the entire world.  As crops fail all over the globe, there will be a scramble for food, and the wealthy western nations have more money than anyone else.

Over in Asia, the biggest problem right now is African Swine Flu.  Earlier today, I came across a CNBC article which stated that “up to 200 million Chinese pigs” may have already been lost to this nightmarish disease…

A trade fight with the U.S. isn’t the only war China is fighting. African swine flu has decimated the pig population in China and sent pork prices soaring. As many as up to 200 million Chinese pigs have reportedly been lost due to the disease.

Now, Wall Street analysts are scrambling to assess the fallout from the fast spreading illness and how to invest around it.

The entire U.S. pork industry does not even produce 200 million pigs in an entire year.

So another way of looking at this is that the equivalent of what the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year has just been wiped out.

And now African Swine Flu has spread to other countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, and so this pandemic could soon become a true global cataclysm.

We have never seen so many massive threats hit the global food supply simultaneously, and if this article deeply alarms you that is a good thing.

A perfect storm is rapidly developing, and many expect global events to start accelerating dramatically.

Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, which walks readers through survival in a short-term or protracted crisis whether in the city or the country with budget-friendly advice.

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Date: May 27th, 2019
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  1. Genius says:

    Soybeans and GMO corn are garbage anyway, who cares? I guess all the fat bastards can live of their fat for a year or two. I see Doritos going to 5 bux a bag lol.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I read recently, in addition to swine flu China is dealing with a large problem involving “army worms”. What ever that is.

  3. Genius says:

    Looks like Mother Nature is starving the pigs of their slop. No gmo corn, soy, commercial pork for you! With monsanto facing 10’s of thousands of lawsuits it will only get better. Sorry piggies, the trough is closed.

  4. Clown World says:

    When I first took biology, in public school, I got in trouble for saying that diseases can cross species. (Yay, California.)

    The Chinese have (also) colonized Africa (continent of bushmeat infamy) having reportedly spread some kind of hemorrhagic fever to their pigs. Like Marburg, like Ebola, like Holodomor, or like something you never want to catch. For some reason, it can like never be named, whatever it is.

    The same Communist authority, a disease unto itself, will cull landrace animals with no signs of disease and raid independent businesses, providing honest meat to the people.

    Will you statists go hungry, because you think DIY is dirty? Or, will you eat what you have stolen? I watch some of you getting in fights with indie peach trees and tomato plants, like a damaged schizoid.

  5. JShew says:

    Fear porn. I thought we had corn and soybean surplus because of new tariffs with China. Seems like reduced production will be a good thing for farmers as it will mean better prices.

    • Paranoid says:

      Relax, three days of warm dry will fix almost all. Up to the end of the first week of June it’s always a disaster. With planters 50 ft wide going 10 MPH the new stuff eats a field in minutes. My info on farms is old anyone from farm country got new data on what the stuff will really do nowdays

  6. “This is definitely not normal”…… Ok describe for me what the feck is normal for weather??????? Just because it doesn’t fit the paradigm doesn’t mean it is either normal or abnormal.

    • Genius says:

      Well it’s been 20-25 degrees below average here and we already have 180% of avg. precipitation for the year. It was snowing this morning. I suppose “normal” means average? Cold wet summbich…

      • repr sleepr says:

        And it was so hot here on the Delmarva peninsula that water was running down the crack of my ass like the mighty Mississippi…….envision that one.

      • JShew says:

        Weather Liars use the word “normal” and are referring to the statistical definition, which basically means average. Average weather doesn’t actually happen. Their use of the word normal has led people to believe that there is abnormal weather. I think they do this on purpose because it helps further their man made climate change hoax.

    • rellik says:

      repr,
      Your point is absolutely correct. What is “normal weather”?
      About 11,500 years ago the Earth emerged from about 100,000 years of Glaciation where most of North America was covered by Glaciers and the ones we have left today are still melting. Was that normal weather?
      When the Western Interior Seaway( splitting America in half) existed 144 – 66 million years ago, was that normal?
      Climate change is normal for Earth. Expect anything to happen. Adapt when “abnormal” things happen.

      • The Deplorable Renegade says:

        Rellik, I experience ‘climate change’ when I hear a Demorat blowing hot air, LOL.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Normal” is what you can survive in and not starve. I guess we should call it “what you can survive in and not starve” but “normal” is just faster. Hubris, I know. Whatever, think of it as short-hand.

        Yeah um. Pretty sure the arctic is actually melting at this point. Uh. Yeah you’re getting all the cold like when a bag of ice cubes turns into ice water and then starts leaking out the bag all over everything. After that… hrm.

  7. Clown World says:

    At the risk of giving them new ideas, to take private property —

    The square feet of green lawns and cereals has been calculated.

    It is estimated that a small allotment can provide for a family’s grain needs for a year, on paper.

    Alternatively, it might have been adequate, on paper, if the same amount of resources had been dedicated to statist, collectivist agriculture.

    As it is, you have developed former farm land, in large part.

    Go into any minimart or strip mall. Ask yourself where any one small thing comes from. Can you account for it all? Even the synthetics can be derived from fiber and oil seed — not strictly limited to hemp, but from most any vigorous plant — were it not for the same mercantilism, celebrated at Boston Harbor.

    I think that foreign languages, objective morality, and politics can be learned from simply making one thing, nicely, like in Aesop’s fables and Biblical parables. Exercise your free will — I would like to think, constructively — and, that is an awakening.

    Better seed and better methods come from doing. There is no way to interact with anything, constantly, without finding some better way, no matter what you can make.

  8. Genius says:

    Happy Memorial Day.

    Ain’t found a way to kill me yet
    Eyes burn with stinging sweat
    Seems every path leads me to nowhere
    Wife and kids household pet
    Army green was no safe bet
    The bullets scream to me from somewhere
    Here they come to snuff the rooster, aww yeah, hey yeah
    Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
    You know he ain’t gonna die
    No, no, no, ya know he ain’t gonna die
    Here they come to snuff the rooster, aww yeah, hey yeah
    Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
    You know he ain’t gonna die
    No, no, no, ya know he ain’t gonna die
    Walkin’ tall machine gun man
    They spit on me in my home land
    Gloria sent me pictures of my boy
    Got my pills ‘gainst mosquito death
    My Buddy’s breathin’ his dyin’ breath
    Oh god please won’t you help me make it through
    Here they come to snuff the rooster, aww yeah
    Yeah here come the rooster, yeah
    You know he ain’t gonna die
    No, no, no ya know he ain’t gonna die
    Songwriters: Jerry Cantrell

  9. rellik says:

    My understanding is most the corn crop is used for fuel
    ( ethanol) and animal food.
    Soybeans are mostly used for animal food also.
    Those farmers will be in trouble.
    The Chinese are the worlds largest producer and consumer of Pork, so them having to kill off such a significant portion of their herd will certainly affect prices if they start to import pork.
    As for wheat, The population of Australia is around 25 million The American state of California is around 40 million, I don’t think Australian becoming an net importer of Wheat will twist that market that much.
    I have to wonder what is worse the climate, or the politics that warp the markets?
    Chinese tariffs in response to ours caused a lot of the soybean market to go away, even before the weather interfered. The Chinese also have 200 million fewer pigs to feed American soybeans to this year.
    The corn market is warped due to a political demand that we blend ethanol into our gasoline, producing an artificial demand for ethanol and messing up all the engines in America causing a further artificial demand, for parts and services.
    My understanding is that most our food supply is intact and can be met with no problems despite the wide spread flooding, at least until our politicians screw it all up.

    • The Deplorable Renegade says:

      Rellik, good points about ethanol. All it really does is water down the gas and it definitely cannot be run in small engines. Put some ethanol gas and non-ethanol gas into a couple of small buckets and you’ll see the difference quick. Ethanol is NOT helping the environment one bit as the pols claim it does. I buy non-ethanol gas whenever possible and there’s not too many places in my area that have it available. It also cost at least a dollar more per gallon.

      • ethanol has its uses. I personally love it.

        I have a 10 year old gas car tuned to run on straight E85, a 4-cylinder running well over 400WHP. I dont know what funnier: destroying brand new Mustang GT’s, Camaro SS’s and Chevy Supersports on the highway (and off the line), or the look on the owners face when I slow down and let him catch up. If its at a stoplight, I always ask how much they paid for their POS.

        I’ll eat lardass 6.2L Chevy V8’s alllll day long with my little 2.4T

      • ” All it really does is water down the gas”

        uh, no. it raises the octane rating of the gas. Gas gets “watered down” when you leave it to collect moisture out of the air too long and goes bad. standard petroleum based fuel does exactly the same thing, it just takes longer than eth.

    • Genius says:

      There must be one hell of a corn crop then. Figure in all the high fructose corn syrup in everything,then figure corn chips, tortillas, maza, corndogs, corn on the cob, canned corn, corn in whiskeys, the list goes on and on.

  10. Pork, the other white meat.

    200 million pigs needed by China
    200 million pigs provided by USA?

    When you lose control of your government, your communication system, your information systems; you lose more than you can afford to lose.

    Put away something for a rainy day.

    Feed your chickens 20% corn (organic non-GMO). Give them organic, non-GMO chicken feed for the last 80%. And of course they will eat insects and plants foraging in your pasture.

    If times get tough, you can eat their corn and even their feed. You can eat the chickens themselves, even the insects that the chickens eat. But you would be wise to not go down that path.

    Adults can thrive eating just once a day. You can’t think clearly if your energy is busy processing food constantly.

    Feed children and babies smaller portions but more often. Newborn human beings nurse every two hours like clockwork.
    If human milk is not available, nor baby formula; goat’s milk or horses milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk.

    You can live through a food crisis better if you learn self control before the actual event of food scarcity.

    High quality vitamins and minerals are less expensive when purchased in bulk. They stay fresh when stored in a freezer or refrigerator.

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  11. Genius says:

    The shit they feed pigs in the US is so horrible it makes me wanna puke! I can’t even imagine the gruel they feed pigs in China! You are what you eat….

  12. Son of patriot says:

    A single twenty oz of Mountain Dew at the quick sacks will probably climb to 3 bucks this fall, from the buck eighty it is now. Coffee will be your cheaper go-to go-juice.

    As Corn prices goes up, feeder beef prices will go up. If corn goes up astronomically, feedlot operators would have to sell cattle off, if only up a little then beef will only go up a little.

    As long as wheat is okay, bread and pasta is safe.

  13. Brian says:

    As I understand it, if a farmer has crop insurance and wants to collect, he/she must plant a crop. The crops that are being planted are being planted for this reason. The farmer doesn’t expect a crop. The alfalfa crop in the midwest is toast so that source of animal feed is lost. In China they are having trouble with army worms eating their grains. In a cold, wet environment diseases and parasites flourish. The problems are global with some areas being hurt more than others. The world won’t end but food prices are going to rise. On the bright side, a lot of Americans are finally going to be able to lose weight.

    • Anonymous says:

      “A lot of Americans are finally going to be able to lose weight”

      Wanna bet?
      As long as LAZINESS exists and there’s still JUNK FOOD around,OBESITY isn’t going anywhere..

  14. Brian says:

    The alfalfa crop has been “slowed” but is not totally ruined. The crop insurance program has a plant prevent option but it isn’t simple to decide whether to plant or not. The media is not giving this situation the coverage it merits in terms of the impact.

  15. Sgt. Dale says:

    Be a GOOD year to put in a garden.
    Remember this is global warming doing this. Went to Shitcago to see a game and about froze my ass off.
    Be a good time to buy up as many veggies as you can right now.. Don’t forget the Biz quick and flower.
    Sgt.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The USDA reports on the percentage of farm land planted as compared to previous years. It also reports on the percentage of seed sprouting as opposed to previous years. Farmers are either in late planting or they’re down to the wire. At some point, the USDA will report on the percentage of farm land planted as opposed to the previous years. If the number is say 85% of the average of the previous five years, it doesn’t mean that the harvest will be 85% of those years. There are good reasons to believe the harvest will be considerably less. If a farmer chooses not to plant, his crop insurance only covers a percentage of his costs up to that point in time. The system is more complex than that. How much acreage is going to be planted with the expectation that the harvest will not justify the planting? The farmers know how the system works but the consumers don’t. I’ve planted my garden and stocked up. Times are getting very interesting.

  17. Johnny says:

    I don’t see a significant difference in the current report than years past. This is a joke!

  18. Knute(ken) says:

    “the wealthy western nations have more money than anyone else.”

    Excuse me, but I think the author meant to say; “the wealthy western nations have more fiat currency, that they create unlimited amounts of at no cost, than anyone else.”
    Isn’t that more accurate?

  19. aljamo says:

    Thousands of lawsuits pending against Bayer-Monsanto from Glyphosate but that hasn’t changed the fact that this chemical is still heavily in use throughout the food chain. Also still being advertised on TV as if saying a big FU to consumers health.

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