Illinois Farmers Have “Given Up” On Planting

by | Jun 18, 2019 | Forecasting, Headline News | 19 comments

Farmers in Illinois whose land has been thrashed by flooding have given up on planting.  Instead of growing food, they decided to throw a party. And who could blame them?

The storms that have caused major flooding in Illinois have forced farmers to give up on their crops. Forecasts for even more rain also sent corn futures to a 5-year-high, bringing the food crisis ever closer to reality. Few farmers will even see a benefit from the higher prices because they can’t even get their corn planted in the ground.

Dozens of corn farmers and those who sell them seed, chemicals, and equipment gathered on Thursday at the restaurant in Deer Grove, Illinois, after heavy rains caused unprecedented delays in planting this year and contributed to record floods across the central United States, according to a report by Reuters. Rather than focus on the abysmal farming year, they decided to party instead.

The storms have left millions of acres unseeded in the $51 billion U.S. corn market and put crops that were planted late at a greater risk for damage from severe weather during the growing season. Together, the problems heap more pain on a farm sector that has suffered from years of low crop prices and a U.S.-China trade war that is slowing agricultural exports.

James McCune, a farmer from Mineral, Illinois, was unable to plant 85% of his intended corn acres and wanted to commiserate with his fellow farmers by hosting the “Prevent Plant Party” at The Happy Spot. He invited them to swap stories while tucking into fried chicken and a keg of beer in Deer Grove, a village of about 50 people located 120 miles (193 km) west of Chicago. –Reuters

Regardless of the news, it isn’t looking good for farmers in America. Already dealing with the political ramifications of the trade war, bankruptcies and suicides at record levels, farmers are now devastated by destructive weather. All things considered, farmers are expected to harvest the smallest corn crop in four years nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency last week reduced its planting estimate by 3.2% from May and its yield estimate by 5.7%. Farmers think more cuts are likely as the late-planted crop could face damage from hot summer weather and an autumn frost.

Because of the flooding and problems in the farming sector, there’s no time like the present to learn to grow your own food. It’s a vital skill when preparing for any catastrophe.


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    1. Concerned Citizen

      Going to try to starve us out, using weather as a weapon and food as a weapon…not good folks.

      • Son of patriot

        NOW is the time to buy a couple years food supply, MREs. My source is Patriot Food Supply. Good prices. Get supplies before the government buys them up and foreigners buy the rest out. NOW IS THE TIME.

    2. Brian

      Prevent Plant is an option in the crop insurance which allows the farmers to recover their costs up to a certain date. The cut-off date is past for corn in most areas. Soybeans have a later cut-off date. Destruction of infrastructure and disruption of barge traffic are part of the problem. The large, heavy machinery get stuck in the mud. It’s understandable that farmers would choose to sit this growing season out. If the grand solar minimum has started, reduced grain harvests could be common in the coming years. I’m hoping that this isn’t the case and that we will have some good harvest years before it starts. I’m also hoping that it won’t be as bad as some forecasters are predicting.

    3. Old Guy

      I suspect there is as much money to be made by crop insurance and government disaster payments. Still plenty of time to plant. If the corn is Knee High by the 4th of July it will make a crop. Those commodity growers put all their eggs in one basket. Those water pumping chemical spraying agri buisnesses get no sympathy from me.

      • Anonymous

        I’m a farmer, my well for my irrigation is only 90 foot deep and is obviously sprayed back on the land it is pumped from. It is right next to the big Wabash river so water is easy to find. I do agree with the chemical part but i haven’t found a viable option to replace them. I farm 4000 acres so it’s a lot to keep up with on weeds. I hate the chemicals tho and will move in a different direction soon if i’m not bankrupted in the next year or two. I’m 5th generation and i’m not far from it.

    4. Clown World

      In a free market meritocracy, you would lose the farm, not get paid to party.

      But, I particularly thought that timocracy and sortition was a good answer.

      Politicos were picked by random drawing. (Sortition.)

      In order to be eligible, you feed your constituency. (Timocracy.)

      If you can feed 5 people, you have authority over that many. (Same concept extends into the tens and hundreds.)

      Rather than collecting indigents like an animal hoarder and neglecting them to the death, you deserve no moral authority over more people than you care-for.

      You need a warm body at your labor post. It breathes and has a pulse. You provide life support as your end of the social bargain.

      • Meremortal

        Save the planet from stupidity, kill yourself now.

        • Honeypot

          Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

          Some of the most famous and successful people suffered devastating failure before they made it.

          There is no shame in failing or in making a mistake, but there are no shortage of jerks willing and eager to kick a guy when he’s down.
          Pay them no attention. They don’t deserve to take a minute of your time.

        • Clown World

          They are insured against losses; if they don’t meet a quota.

          The quota is a guaranteed sale.

          And, overproduction, in spite of a treaty, can be penalized.

          I know how to plant grains, under adverse conditions, I know how the farm is owned and operated, and I know how the market controls work.

          I don’t know how to take a break. Maybe, I should be doing that.

    5. Pissed

      How much of this corn was going to the food supply, or ethanol?

    6. Whatever

      The loss of crops is through out the Midwest,to Iowa and surrounding states. This will affect beef production and everything that uses corn,and other crops in their production. The loss to the farmers is going to be felt by many.

    7. kathy teorey

      50 countries and 8 states are spraying chemicals into the clouds to cause snow and rain

    8. Clown World

      These aggregators are populated with news stories, automatically.

      The visitors are probably working harder on this page than the admins.

    9. rellik

      This piqued my curiousity.
      The vast majority of corn is used for car fuels, animal feed, and
      booze production.
      So I’m wondering about all the hoopla about our food prices going through the roof.
      If we cut out the use of Ethanol in gasoline, I’d be happier and our food supplies would do just fine, as the other states that grow corn would meet most of our food needs.
      I suppose that would be too logical for our Democrats to accept.

    10. Archivist

      The corn around here is doing okay. It’s a little dry in places, and the soybeans are coming up sparsely in spots. It’s supposed to rain again tonight and tomorrow after being pretty hot yesterday and today.

    11. Sgt. Dale

      I don’t know around me they are planting and if they can’t get into an area the just plant around it.
      Just think of the insurance money they folk are going to collect on after paying it in year after year. About Damn time.

    12. Anonymous

      No one is discussing soil quality. How much of this soil is contaminated by chemicals and is far longer to repair time wise than just massive rain amounts. I’m waiting to see what freakish crops that we do get are even harvestable/edible for the next couple of years.
      I’d like to see soil reports. We already know prices are going to be higher. How long the food supply will really be effected by that is the better question for long term.

    13. Anonymous

      Corn that is used to make ethanol is also used for livestock feed. Distillers grain is leftover from making ethanol. Animals love to eat the high protein material. It can be fed wet or dried into a pellet and shipped world wide. The ethanol industry has provided a steady market for farmers especially during times when crops are over abundant. There would be fewer farmers if not for the market ethanol provides.

    14. Anonymous

      Rain and excess snow means a bull market is coming.

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