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Spring has come early in the Buckeye state.  And so has the harvest.

Farmers harvesting food crops early after warm spring

by  Mary Vanac, Columbus Dispatch -- June 21, 2012

This year’s early spring and unusually warm weather in late May are bringing harvests of sweet corn and other crops earlier than usual [in Ohio].

Consumers (are) getting caught off guard,” said Brad Bergefurd, extension educator of horticulture, agriculture and natural resources at Ohio State University.

Because of that, seasons for produce such as strawberries and asparagus were over before they usually began, he said. The overall season for corn, however, is not expected to be shorter than normal.

“It’s a little strange,” said Tom Witten, the lead farmer in the family. “There seems to be a warming trend globally. We just picked 50 bushels of bell peppers. That beats our previous record by two weeks.”

No worries folks, that's just the climate, changing "seasonal variability."

This early harbinger of "good tidings" is visiting the land of the razorbacks too ...

Ark. row crops moving toward early harvest

by Associated Press, posted on --  June 20, 2012

(AP) -- Arkansas row crop farmers are watching their plants mature at an unprecedented pace due to early planting that was possible thanks to lengthy, warm spring weather.

"If everything keeps going like it has so far this year, we could be harvesting two to three weeks earlier," said Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. [...]

"The warm weather March through June has really pushed the corn crop along," said Jason Kelley, extension agronomist for the division. "We had the warmest March on record, which aided in early planting and allowed early planted corn to emerge and grow quickly."

More time for golf, I guess.  How many of you farmers ever golf?

Of course, unseasonable warm summers and unstoppable early springs, don't always equal less time on the tractor.

Sometimes it means less food on the shelves.

Hurt: Indiana Corn Crop is at a Crisis

by Gary Truitt, -- June 20, 2012

All crops are suffering, but corn is nearing its pollination phase when dry weather can quickly reduce yield potential. A few southern Indiana cornfields have started pollinating, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicating that 2 percent of the state’s corn was silking as of June 17. Yield potential is likely wilting along with the parched crops.

Soybean conditions have also dropped, with state yield potential falling to about 45 bushels per acre, from an expected average of 49 at the start of the growing season. [...] At current crop prices for this fall, the reduction of 90 million bushels of Indiana corn and 20 million bushels of soybeans has a value of about $750 million. While all sectors of the state’s agriculture economy are being affected by dryness, corn and soybeans are the largest individual components by value.

So much less food, that even futures traders are taking notice.  "What's another buck-a-bushel matter anyways," they are asking?   Their profit is still green.

Dry county: Weather threatens corn crop

by Ed Zagorski, Capital Newspapers, -- June 20, 2012

“Right now, you can see the leaves on the corn plants rolling up to try and protect (themselves) from the heat,” Larsen said. “It’s just too dry out there.”

“Since Memorial Day, we’ve only had about six-tenths of an inch of rain out here,” Larsen said. “And there are not a lot of reserves left in the soil.”

Temperatures also have been above normal in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

Recent U.S. Agriculture Department reports have shown deteriorating conditions in the corn crop across the Midwest. About 66 percent of the crop was rated in good-to-excellent condition for the week that ended June 10. That compared with 72 percent the previous week.

Traders on Monday questioned whether dry conditions would erode the quality of the crop and lead to a smaller harvest, thereby causing a rise in the price of corn.

Of course when the crop failures are near total -- the impacts and the remedies, will effect more than the profit margins on virtual-paper traders' futures options.

Snyder wants disaster assistance for Michigan farmers -- Jun 1, 2012

A rare extended period of summerlike temperatures in March caused trees to blossom early, only to be hit by April frosts and freezes. Farmers and extension agents say the one-two punch has all but wiped out the tart cherry crop, while other orchard fruits such as sweet cherries, apples, pears and peaches have suffered extensive damage.

It also cites crop damage due to blizzards, hail, tornadoes, flooding, excessive rain and lightning that occurred between Jan. 1 and May 11.

The governor says the crop losses currently are estimated at $223.5 million.

Well you cropless-farmers out there, there's always the migrant workers circuit to look into, if the recent events in Georgia are any leading indicator.

Especially considering that the science-illiterate party will probably continue to get their farming-illiterate way -- "setting down roots" could prove to be a career ending move, if Nature continues to hold to its new uncharted course.

That ends today's Farm Report, sponsored by Monsanto, "the company that can make a Soybean grow anywhere!"  

... onto other matters, the hometown team has an important game coming up this week-end ... bring your umbrellas, hats, and plenty of sunscreen -- it's gonna be another scorcher ...  Stay Cool.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 06:08:20 AM PDT

  •  Not one thin dime for Snyder or Michigan Farmers (0+ / 0-)

    Repubs want to complain about the deficit and gov't spending - oh, but then they come squealing when they need help.  Nope - Vilsack should deny the request.

    The farmers elected Snyder, let them live with the consequences.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 06:32:34 AM PDT

    •  I would rather not (2+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, Catte Nappe

      punish the farming families

      for the austerity rollback agenda

      of the Tea Party renegades.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 06:44:22 AM PDT

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      •  isn't there crop insurance for this? (1+ / 0-)
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        Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:30:39 AM PDT

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        •  Perhaps, (0+ / 0-)

          if you can afford it.

          What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
          -- Maslow ...... my list.

          by jamess on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:46:52 AM PDT

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          •  The question of crop insurance is tricky, though. (1+ / 0-)
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            Under this system of insurance, farmers are insured from almost all market risks, the only industry I know of which gets that sort of near guaranteed return FROM THE FEDS. It is often described as the 'safety net' for whole states' farmers, a kind of safety net which is not available to other industries, and underwritten in toto by the same US government which is being pushed by Rs out of the safety net business for the rest of us.

            This is one of those situation in which the Electoral college kills, because a lot of the states are small, but have full Senate Representation,  and can and routinely do get benefits and protections not available in the Northeast or on coasts other than the Gulf Coast. This is imo one of those situation in which Rs have agreed to ignore free market and private enterprise notions of those in a business taking the moral risk of loss in that business, because of the political benefit to them of controlling the US while representing only a quarter of it.

      •  I disagree - just like Montana (1+ / 0-)
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        Tea Party renegades didn't elect Rick Snyder - he won a majority of the state's votes.  They voted for austerity, let them have it.

        I love how the Gov of Montana did this - he cut the funds in those districts that that elected the austerity Repubs.  And then didn't they all squeal and complain!

        Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

        by absdoggy on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:32:45 AM PDT

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    •  It isn't just a (2+ / 0-)
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      matter of affecting the farmer's profits. We all eat what they grow, we all have to pay for the food. Climate change is more then a partisan political issue. Neither side is addressing the consequences of global warming. This free market economy makes a profit off disasters. Their only concern is profit and the financial health of entities like Monsanto or Cargill. When the pols including the Dems. talk about growth they don't mean crops or nourishment of people.

      Cause and effect are at play here and the owners of the place and their ATM, our government do not intend to do anything that will interfere with their global market. They don't call what's going on Disaster Capitalism for no reason. The consequences of ignoring global warming because of a global market 'economy' that benefits only the ownership class who are burning the earth for empty profits is beyond partisan or regional politics.

      Mother nature is an Indie, she is not concerned with the profits for those who rape and pillage her. It's pathetic that we squabble over who's to blame and ignore the reality we are sowing. Axelrod calls this global screw 'the world as we find it.' it is the world we are creating. As the song says Mother nature will bury you.

      Austerity is just insult to injury. The people of the world should not have to pay for  their home, the earths destruction. Farmers know you can't get blood out of a turnip but hey maybe Monsanto or some other   multinational will do God's work and we humans won't need food, air water or even to work. Thing is who will buy their 'products'? Insanity.          


  •  No big deal... (1+ / 0-)
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    we eat too much anyways...come maple syrup even good for us..??'re just trying to distract us from the real threat...Obama is trying to steal our guns..!!

    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:17:41 AM PDT

    •  distraction (1+ / 0-)
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      it's the one thing republicans excel at.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:21:16 AM PDT

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      •  One hundred years from now... (1+ / 0-)
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        jamess on the moon...will write of how the Supreme Court killed the earth.

        We are not broke, we are being robbed.

        by Glen The Plumber on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:38:46 AM PDT

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        •  Multinationals (1+ / 0-)
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          hell bent on their NWO of endless growth and empty disconnected profits are killing the earth. They own the place.  It's a by-partisan killing. Democrat's may pay lip service to the environment but they have no intention of letting global warming and climate change interfere with the profits of their puppet masters.

           Fundamentalist 'free market' ideologues are by-partisan. They run and own both parties . Monsanto and Big Ag we're the Clinton's administration sponsors, and we're granted permission to 'play God' with no public input. Historians will think we're all insane and they will be right.      

          'Americans do not disparage wealth creation'  Barack Obama

          Maybe they ought to, since wealth in the corporate sense is not edible and is making the world unlivable. Wealth for wealth's sake won't stop the destruction of our home the earth. Dems. may be nicer about the damage their owners are inflicting on the people and the planet but they too believe that this 'world as we find it' belongs to the wealth creators who create nothing of any worth.      

  •  Our local apple orchard owner (1+ / 0-)
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    here in Wiconsin says he has lost about 80% of this season's crop. The trees blossomed in March, far too early. The lack of pollenating insects and subsequent frosts took an awful toll.

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 05:44:17 PM PDT

    •  as this climate change continues (1+ / 0-)
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      the toll to paid, will only get worse and worse.

      til eventually, we're ALL paying it.

      thanks ruleoflaw

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 05:48:24 PM PDT

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