The World’s Greatest Agricultural Disaster
This March 19, 2019 aerial photo shows flooding along the Missouri River in Pacific Junction, Iowa. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says rivers breached at least a dozen levees in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
It’s time to freak-out! Violent climate change is here now! The unthinkable has happened and will continue to happen. We have never seen catastrophic flooding like this. “The scope of this historic disaster has touched nearly every aspect of Nebraska,” Col. Michael Manion said in the early days as record floods devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and several other states. Stories and images have been surfacing showing the complete and utter chaos Nebraska is in, a chaos which quickly spread to other states.
Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $3 billion, and that figure is expected to rise as flooding is now predicted to last well into May. The flooding on fields will render them all but impossible to use. Fields that are normally used for growing beans, corn, and grain are under tons of snow or several feet of water. This means these fields will more than likely not produce a crop this year.
More than 200 million people in 25 states are at risk, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned. Large parts of the U.S. will experience a “potentially unprecedented flood season” through May as forecasts anticipate record levels of precipitation.
Its an agricultural wipe out, which has very little to do with temperature and everything to do with increased precipitation in form of snow and rain. ‘It looked like an ocean’ from the early days. Gov. Kim Reynolds warned Iowans that the snow-melt and spring rains would create additional flooding in the weeks ahead because of compromised levees.
The devastating flooding came at worst possible time for Midwest farmers. There is no denying that the weather, the actual climate has been changing violently. The why is important. What needs to be explained is the dramatically increased precipitation and where the trend line is going. We have to turn to science for this, to astrophysics, which tells us that increasing cosmic radiation is seeding more clouds causing more rain and snow, much more. One of the classical characteristics of Grand Solar Minimums is increased cosmic rays creating more cloud coverage and much more precipitation.
That is exactly what is happening causing flooding not just in the central and eastern USA but also in many other places around the world where flooding is killing people and destroying crops. It would already be an utter national nightmare even if the flooding was all over, but NOAA is informing us the nightmare is just beginning with catastrophic flooding continuing for the next two months.
It is wipe out conditions for way too many farmers. Absolute end of times for them, certainly and end for much food production this year and anyone thinking the human race has that much reserves of food on hand is dreaming. Huge areas of the country are affected implying immense agricultural losses. When the waters recede later in the spring the damage to the rural roads, bridges and rail lines will begin to emerge. This infrastructure is critical for the US. agricultural sector to move products from farms to processing plants and shipping hubs. Roads, rail lines and entire small towns have been washed away, and so even if farmers had something left to sell they couldn’t get it to market anyway. Also the damage to roads means it will be harder for trucks to deliver seed to farmers for the coming planting season if there is even going to be one.
Everything is going wrong at once so we are witnessing an agricultural disaster that is far beyond anything that we have ever seen before in American history. Millions of acres of farmland are underwater and will stay that way for months to come.
Food Reserves Lost Too
We have also witnessed the loss of massive stockpiles of wheat, corn and soybeans that had been stashed away as farmers hoped for a price increase. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture as of Dec. 1, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois – had 6.75 billion bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat stored on their farms. The amount of food that has just been lost is absolutely staggering. Due to the trade war, farmers were storing more wheat, corn and soybeans than ever before, and now the floodwaters have destroyed much of what had been stored. So future and past production is being wiped out together.
Before we even look at other agricultural disasters, that are becoming disturbingly frequent, it is important to note that, “There are macroeconomic shocks associated with the infrastructure damage, agricultural losses, and commodity price spikes caused by droughts, floods, and hurricanes amplified by climate change,” according to Glenn Rudebusch, the San Francisco Fed’s executive vice president. Meaning climate change could spur a financial crisis.
If one reads the mass media one will not be alarmed at what is happening in the belly of America even though huge parts of many states are suddenly underwater. This suggests huge infrastructure damage, enormous agricultural losses, the threat of sharp price increases for food, and the sheer drop in economic activity across many state lines is not being priced in on financial markets but it should be.
Olive Oil Catastrophe
“We are getting more and more into this complex climate situation of extremes,” Riccardo Valentini told CNN. “In terms of production, probably we can expect this decline occurring more and more, if we’re not able to cope with this.” CNN reports that bad weather and frost have crippled the olive oil industry in recent months, causing a 57% drop in production over 2018 and costing the sector almost 1 billion euros ($1.13bn).
Things are so bad in Italy that they soon could be forced to import olive oil to stem a dramatic decline in production, a climate scientist has warned, as extreme weather events wreak havoc with harvests and threaten a shortage of one of the country’s most essential culinary products. Puglia, the southern region which produces most of the country’s olive oil, was worst affected, with the region seeing a “real massacre of 25 million olive trees,”
Climate Change and the Potato Apocalypse
After a devastating potato growing season, 500 million pounds of Canadian potatoes are feared wasted and many of the survivors are misshapen and undersized, threatening to turn french fries short and brown. The United Potato Growers of Canada announced they suffered a trifecta of bad weather across the country —a late spring, a hot summer and a cold fall — saw an estimated 6,000 hectares abandoned. United Potato Growers general manager Kevin MacIsaac said, “I’ve been involved in the industry myself for 25-plus years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told the Financial Post. “It’s pretty bad right now.”
Even down to Mexicocrops were destroyed with the snow and cold of this past winter. Heavy snowfall left by the fifth and sixth winter storms of the season generated frost damage in thousands of crops throughout the state of Sonora.
In Guaymas, Cajeme, and Navojoa, which encompass the valleys south of Sonora, agricultural producers are analyzing damage in 12 thousand hectares of crops. Renan Cruz, president of the Association of Producers of Vegetables of the Yaqui and Mayo, said that thousands of hectares planted with squash, chilli, potatoes, and tomatillo, had been affected by the frosts, and that the damages ranged from partial issues to total losses. Corn and bean crops were also affected.
Dramatic Climate Change Everywhere
Farmers who managed to keep their cattle alive for seven years, through one of Australia’s worst droughts in history, have watched their herds wiped out in a matter of days after unprecedented floods devastated much of Queensland.
If the cattle have not drowned or frozen to death in the elements, devastated farmers now face having to kill thousands of animals. The situation is so terrible that there are reports the farmers have run out of bullets. Australia’s largest cattle company has warned of “extreme losses” after record-breaking floods, as producers said more than 300,000 cows were drowned or washed away in the vast continent’s northeast. The number of estimated dead is now 500,000 dead cows.
In America it was not the flooding that did the cows in but heavy snowfall, gale-force winds and extreme cold hit multiple dairying regions in Idaho and Washington in midwinter leaving nearly 2,000 dairy cows dead. Dairy farmers who had been in the business their entire lives said they had never seen anything like it, said Kimmi Devaney of the Dairy Farmers of Washington. With the cold gone and the floods in we do not yet know how many cows have died but we do know that the numbers are astronomically higher. Early accounts counted a million calves lost in the flooding.
Flash floods in southern Iran have killed at least 17 people and injured 74. Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. As of Monday, at least 686 people had been reported killed by the storm, the flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit.
Climatologist Judith Curry is rocking climate change zealots. In her latest paper, Ms. Curry found that the current rising sea levels are not abnormal, nor can they be pinned on human-caused climate change, arguing that the oceans have been on a “slow creep” for the last 150 years — before the post-1950 climb in carbon-dioxide emissions.
Greenland’s biggest glacier, the Jakobshavn glacier, began advancing rapidly (almost 26 feet per day!) in 2016. Airborne altimetry and satellite imagery show that the glacier is advancing about 1.8 miles and ice thickening nearly 130 feet annually, according to NASA, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience. It is very hard to see the north pole full of ice and hear about the northern hemisphere biggest glacier growing and not doubt the global warming hysteria.
Yet hotter or colder, the climate is changing. Its getting colder, hotter in some places, more snow, more rain, more floods, more drought, more big storms, more of everything including glacial ice. In this time of dramatic climate change we also have volcanoes exploding and more earthquakes, also predictable from past periods of climate change in conjunction with grand solar minimums.
Does not matter what you believe in the end, no one can ignore the FACT that we are experiencing a grand solar minimum and violent climate change that goes with it. It can be ignored, but not denied. In February we did not have one sun spot. Solar activity is declining and for sure we know its not from too much CO2.