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Effects of summer drought hefty on crops!

“Water from an irrigation system sprays flowering cotton plants on the farm of Allen Entz in Hydro, Okla, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. Even with the irrigation system to help with the drought, the high temperatures in the area have affected the crop, as it can take 35-40 hours for the center pivot irrigation system to make it back to irrigate any particular plant. Drought conditions across Oklahoma have expanded and worsened despite recent rainfall in the state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Aug. 16, 2012. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press, via The Washington Post.

The summer drought’s hefty toll on American crops

From The Washington Post:

It was a bad year for corn. And for tomatoes. And for many other American crops.

Farmers, agricultural economists and others taking stock of this summer’s growing season say drought conditions and extreme weather have wreaked havoc on many row crops, fruits and vegetables, with the American Farm Bureau Federation suggesting yields could be down by as much as a third compared with last year.

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American corn is on track to produce its lowest yield since the drought of 2012, according to analysts at Rabobank, which collects data about commodity markets. This year’s hard red winter wheat crop was the smallest since 1963, the bank’s analysts said. In Texas, cotton farmers have walked away from nearly 70% of their crop because the harvest is so paltry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The California rice harvest is half what it would be in a normal year, an industry group said.

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Posted by Steve on September 15, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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