in Illinois whose land has been thrashed by flooding have given up on
of growing food, they decided to throw a party. And who could blame
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.
farmers will even see a benefit from the higher prices because they
can’t even get their corn planted in the ground.
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
to a report by Reuters.
than focus on the abysmal farming year, they decided to party
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 sectorthat
has suffered from years of low crop prices and a U.S.-China trade war
that is slowing agricultural exports.
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
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.
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.