Most knowledgeable commenters have said, until now, that the USA, one of the most fertile and productive agricultural nations on earth, would be insulated to at least some extent from the famine that is increasingly impacting every nation on this planet. However, lack of water and "truly biblical" swarms of insects may mean we don't have as much "nutritional insulation" as we might wish.
As a worsening drought tightens its grip and heat waves send temperatures soaring, many farmers have been left with barren and dry fields.
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Fraizer grows corn, cotton and sorghum grain, which is primarily used to feed livestock, and he is worried the lack of rainfall along with the scorching temperatures will lead to a smaller-than-normal harvest this year.
"Since we planted, we've had virtually no moisture. I think this corn here maybe had an inch of rain about a month ago," Fraizer said. "That was the only moisture it got."
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According to the C.O.R.N. newsletter from The Ohio State University, corn growth is maximized at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the temperature exceeds that threshold, the growth rate is reduced. Typically, fully gown corn crops tower over a person, reaching as tall as 8 feet in some cases, but due to triple-digit temperatures in Texas, many of the corn crops in Fraizer's fields have grown to heights of only 3-4 feet ... "This corn should be yielding 4, 5, 6 thousand pounds per acre. It's South Texas here. We'd be lucky to get 1,000 pounds per acre," Fraizer said.
And if that's not enough, how about this?
On top of a worsening drought and rising temperatures, farmers across the Western third of the United States are battling outbreaks of cannibalistic insects that are ravaging crops from Nevada to Montana. Officials have spent millions of dollars over the past few years trying to control the explosive swarms of Mormon crickets that are responsible for destroying swatches of crops from Nevada to Montana.
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"Although there are local and regional exceptions, in general, the Western U.S. drought has intensified since the beginning of 2020," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Houk said. "Most of central Oregon is currently in an extreme drought."
Drought conditions encourage Mormon cricket outbreaks, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), these outbreaks can result in billions of insects, which cause major economic and ecological losses to rangeland and cropland.
Yes, I know those conditions don't prevail across the entire USA. Nevertheless, they're affecting far too many states for comfort. I won't be surprised if together, drought and insect infestations don't reduce US crops by a third or more this year. This, at a time when the supply chain getting food from farms, to processors, to distributors, to shops is already badly battered. What's more, nations who can't buy food from their regular suppliers (e.g. Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, formerly among the biggest food exporters in the world) will now turn to the USA, demanding that we supply what they need to keep their populations from starving. I doubt whether the Biden administration, which has demonstrated its fecklessness in so many other ways, will have any greater success in balancing domestic food requirements against foreign pressures. It may choose to export so much food for "compassionate" reasons that we go hungry here at home. I wouldn't put that past the clowns in Washington D.C.
Folks, I've written often enough in these pages about the threat of famine. Everybody who knows anything about the subject all over the world has been warning more and more stridently of what's coming. If you aren't persuaded by now ... if their warnings and mine haven't convinced you ... if you haven't yet begun building at least a moderate reserve of food for yourself and your family .... then nothing else I say will likely make any difference to you.
All the old certainties are no longer certain. We can only do our best to make sure that we have prepared as best we can for whatever may come.
Michael Yon warns:
2023-2024 will be something so big nobody alive has experienced something of this magnitude.Remember —Famine creates Famine
Famine creates War
Both create Pandemic
War creates Both
All create HOP: Human Osmotic Pressure — the push and pull of migration
Darien Gap is shaping up to become an Amazon river of migration to United States.
You will see that the famine will not get truly intense until at least the second season. The first season of serious famine creates conditions for increased famine. Famine creates famine.
Nobody I have seen on any outlet is predicting the level of PanFaWar [Pandemic, Famine, War] that I sense.
Some folks might remember in January/February 2020 I was saying in print and livestreams/interviews that 2019 is dead. We are never going back, and 2021 would be some new condition and never turning back. We are there. And 2023-24 will be epic.
Fortune favors the prepared. We can get through this healthy and well but huge numbers are about to die. Use this time to prepare all aspects of your life. There is no time for vacation. Cancel all that.
We are on the edge of showtime.
I wish I didn't agree with him ... but based on my own experience, I do.