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New drought monitor report is out. No surprises, its not good.

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posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:09 AM
Well the report is out and it appears to go from bad to worse.

The actual report makes for hard reading so I have linked to a site that breaks it down a bit.

Some salient facts to absorb:

While the area covered by the overall drought grew only slightly, the intensity increased alarmingly. Nationally, the percentage of the country in "extreme" to "exceptional" drought – the two worst categories on the scale – jumped from 13.53% to 20.57%.

Thats right. A fifth of the US is in severe drought.

The overall percentage of the country in drought grew for the tenth week in a row, inching up from 63.54% to 63.86%.

So thats nearly 2/3 of the country in drought.

On July 25, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 76 additional counties in six states as drought disaster areas, bringing the total for the 2012 crop year to 1,369 counties in 31 states.

So you have 1,369 counties declared disaster areas. Not in the US so would like to hear how much coverage this is getting.

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:12 AM
I had previously posted a thread regarding crop conditions here

The latest crop progress report makes for grim reading.

Nearly half of the nation’s corn fields are now rated in poor to very poor condition. Corn: 45 percent in poor to very poor condition The report showed that 86 percent of corn has now silked, which is well above last year’s report of 56 percent. Twenty-two percent of corn is now in the dough stage and 6 percent of corn has dented, compared to the five-year average of 9 and 2 percent.

Soybeans: Setting pods but baking For soybeans, the news is just as grim. Though 36 percent of the soybeans have already set pods, compared to 16 percent last week, conditions continue to decline. This week soybeans fell by 3 percentage points, with 35 percent of soybeans in poor to very poor condition.

As you can see, this coupled with an ongoing exceptional drought(there have been worse, but not as wide spread as this) is not going to be good.

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:13 AM
I've read so far we have lost 78 billion dollars in crops so far and summer is not done yet......

Hard times ahead

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:25 AM

Originally posted by mytheroy
I've read so far we have lost 78 billion dollars in crops so far and summer is not done yet......

Hard times ahead

LOL. I wrote that. Its actually the figure of loses from the 1988 drought. If this drought follows suit then that figure will be a lot higher.

Farmers have planted the most crops ever this season on the back of the bumper crop last season. Its impossible to project the loses but a conservative estimate would be at least double if not triple given inflation and the increased price index on crops.

On a side note, your government can actually do something proactive to alleviate some of the problems of this issue but most likely wont due to the upcoming election.

The farm bill, which defines the core agricultural policy of the federal government and is up for renewal on 30 September, has been stalled in the House of Representatives, an unprecedented move that is indicative of the political stalemate currently obstructing traditionally routine pieces of legislation from passage. If the bill is not renewed or extended by the deadline, many subsidy and assistance programmes would automatically lose funding.

Go figure.

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:29 AM
Damn, where did all that water go that got dumped on us earlier this year?

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:36 AM
Couple of quotes from Guardian on effects of drought.

Although the world was hoping for a good US harvest to replenish dangerously low grain stocks, this is no longer on the cards. World carryover stocks of grain will fall further at the end of this crop year, making the food situation even more precarious. Food prices, already elevated, will follow the price of corn upward, quite possibly to record highs.

Not only is the current food situation deteriorating, but so is the global food system itself. We saw early signs of the unraveling in 2008 following an abrupt doubling of world grain prices. As world food prices climbed, exporting countries began restricting grain exports to keep their domestic food prices down. In response, governments of importing countries panicked. Some of them turned to buying or leasing land in other countries on which to produce food for themselves.

I know this is a conspiracy site but I do find it a tad amusing that we all focus on false flags, global manipulation and aliens (myself included) when that actual downfall of global society as we know it could be easily caused by one hot summer.

The world is in serious trouble on the food front. But there is little evidence that political leaders have yet grasped the magnitude of what is happening. The progress in reducing hunger in recent decades has been reversed. Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that. Time is running out. The world may be much closer to an unmanageable food shortage – replete with soaring food prices, spreading food unrest, and ultimately political instability– than most people realise.

What will all this cause:

Welcome to the new geopolitics of food scarcity. As food supplies tighten, we are moving into a new food era, one in which it is every country for itself.

Separatism, suspicion and eventually civil unrest and war. The disaster we all try to predict is already here, staring us in the face.

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:52 AM
reply to post by murch

Question that needs to be asked and delved into - is - considering the drought, the rising sea levels from the melting glaciers and the possibility of earthquakes left, right and center - is there possibly a Divine hand in this? And if so, what is the message?

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 10:54 AM

Originally posted by murch

Separatism, suspicion and eventually civil unrest and war. The disaster we all try to predict is already here, staring us in the face.

Or the polar opposites of the above - unity, trust, cooperation and peace. The solution we all are trying to avoid has always been here, literally staring us in the heart.

posted on Jul, 26 2012 @ 11:06 AM
How is it people can post without saying anything.

This is a real problem.

I would rather someone attacked with vitriolic statements about scaremongering or sensationalist statements.

Religion, really. Im a staunch atheist that can only associate religion with conflict and divisiveness. I can't even comprehend how people believe in such nonsense.

I hate visiting or posting in the religious forums but sometimes do out of anger (misplaced, as its everyone right to believe, I just don't get it) and to have religion brought into this discussion I feel is inappropriate and extremely irrelevant.

This is our problem that we will have to deal with.

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