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The Megadrought In The Western U.S. Threatens To Cause Devastating Crop Failures In 2021

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Farmers Warn That The Megadrought In The Western U.S. Threatens To Cause Devastating Crop Failures In 2021​

April 19, 2021 by IWB

by Michael Snyder
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Throughout U.S. history, there have always been droughts in the western half of the country from time to time, but what we are dealing with now is truly alarming. Scientists tell us that a multi-year “megadrought” has developed in the southwestern portion of the country, and this is the worst year of that “megadrought” so far by a wide margin. If conditions do not radically improve soon, we are going to have a major agricultural disaster on our hands. Some farmers have already decided not to plant crops at all this year, but many others have decided to plant anyway knowing that if enough rain doesn’t come their crops will certainly fail.

As I have discussed previously, the epicenter of this “megadrought” is the Four Corners region in the Southwest, but this drought is so immense it is even causing immense nightmares for farmers as far away as North Dakota.
In fact, the first few months of this year were the driest that North Dakota has seen in 126 years
The period of January to March 2021 was the driest in 126 years for North Dakota. Farmers are starting to make difficult decisions on planting and culling herds as the governor of the state declared a statewide drought disaster on April 8. Soil moistures across the state, particularly in western portions of North Dakota, are lacking sufficient moisture to sustain normal crop development growth. The first eight days of April 2021 offered little help as hot, summer-like temperatures, gusty winds, and low humidity across the state accelerated drying conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, well over half the state is now experiencing “severe drought”.
Perhaps you don’t care about what is happening in North Dakota, but you should, because much of the wheat that we use for pasta and flour comes from that region
Things are dry and dusty in the Upper Midwest, the Northern Plains states and the Prairie provinces of Canada.
This region, spanning states such as North Dakota and provinces such as Manitoba, is the most important one for spring wheat, the higher-gluten variety that’s used for pasta or mixed with other wheat for all-purpose flour. And that crop is at significant risk, because conditions in the region are pretty dire this year.
In a previous article I discussed the dramatic rise in food prices that we have been witnessing lately, and now drought fears are pushing futures prices for spring wheat quite a bit higher
The US Drought Monitor shows around 70 percent of North Dakota in “extreme drought” conditions, with most of the rest in the slightly less scary “severe drought” rating. As a result, the futures prices of both spring wheat and canola are at their highest in years, with traders expecting a lower harvest this year.
Despite all of our advanced technology, farmers can’t grow crops if it doesn’t rain, and a farmer in Texas named Blake Fennell says that his farm has not had any significant rain in almost two years
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The West Texas farmer says his area hasn’t seen significant rain fall in nearly two years.
“We’ve still got to give that crop every chance we think we can get, but at the same time, we also can’t waste a lot of money on a crop that we don’t think we’re going to have going into it,” he says.
What a nightmare.
Right now, nearly the entire state of Texas is in some level of drought, and we haven’t even gotten to the summer months yet.
To call this a “plague” would be a major understatement. On the border of Oregon and California, farmers just learned that water levels are so low that they will only get “a tiny fraction of the water they need” in 2021…
Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of agriculture against federally threatened and endangered fish species that are central to the heritage of several tribes.
Oregon’s governor said the prolonged drought in the region has the “full attention of our offices,” and she is working with congressional delegates, the White House and federal agencies to find relief for those affected.
Do you think that you could run a successful farm under such conditions?
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Elsewhere in California, water allocation reductions of up to 95 percent are forcing many farmers to make some exceedingly heartbreaking decisions
Drought conditions are already forcing Valley farmers to make difficult decisions when it comes to their crops as many are facing severe water restrictions.
“There’s districts throughout California that have experienced up to 95% reductions in water,” says Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen.
U.S. food production will be down in 2021, but if sufficient rain starts falling in the western U.S. we could still see a miracle.
But if enough rain does not fall, we are going to see epic crop failures.
Meanwhile, it is being projected that the drought will cause the water level in Lake Mead to soon fall to the lowest level ever recorded

Wracked by drought, climate change and overuse, a key reservoir on the Colorado River could sink to historically low levels later this year, new US government projections show, potentially triggering significant water cutbacks in some states as early as next year.
The projections released by the US Bureau of Reclamation show that Lake Mead — the largest reservoir in the country and a vital water supply to millions across the Southwest — could fall later this year to its lowest levels since it was filled in the 1930s.
If you live anywhere in the western half of the country, you should brace yourself for severe water restrictions.

And all of us need to brace ourselves for much higher prices at the grocery store.
For decades, the western half of the country was blessed with unusually high levels of rainfall, but that wasn’t going to last forever.
Now Dust Bowl conditions have returned, and farmers, ranchers and local authorities are starting to panic.
As this megadrought continues to intensify, life is going to dramatically change in the western half of the nation, and that is going to deeply affect all of us.

 

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So, while the Dumbos are blowing up dams and turning off power they don't approve....AND, surely, about to force their wet-dream of E-85 on the Deplorables...our corn crop is going to fail.

I'm not a Bible Thumper. But sometimes, too many apparently-independent things happen, going one way, for it to be co-winky-dink.

If there's a Higher Power, and if that Higher Power cares what it is we do...could this be payback for fifty years of wholesale infanticide?

Or are we making it ourselves, as we've sexually and morally twisted our young for fifty years? Those who stand for nothing, will fall for anything.
 

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More climate change threat porn.

Is it real or is it just billy boys dream fantasy, laid out by his fake science media minions and why he's buying up millions of acres of productive farmland?

Another do what makes billy boy rich or suffer hunger, peasant...
 

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More climate change threat porn.

Is it real or is it just billy boys dream fantasy, laid out by his fake science media minions and why he's buying up millions of acres of productive farmland?

Another do what makes billy boy rich or suffer hunger, peasant...
You stole my thunder. I say throw this article on the pile with the other global warming crap!
 

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pooh pooh it all you want, and get all flippant,

but the reality is, it is dry
around here we haven't had real rains in months, and didn't have a normal winter snow pack,
rivers are down, lakes are down

and we aren't even in a drought area,

I would think reports from members around the country might shed more light on a greater sample size than what I state,

with corn over 6 bucks and beans over 15 going into plant, people much smarter than you are putting big money on the accuracy of the data coming in
 

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No surprise, from the spiritual side, any God fearing, Biblical historians can see we are experiencing judgement. All the historic Biblical signs....I fully expect disease/ plagues to ramp up, shortages turn to hunger, military severely weakened, government leaders become more inept and corrupt, dollar destroyed, all trust in government lost....hoards of locusts appear somewhere in the timeline.....
 

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I would think reports from members around the country might shed more light on a greater sample size than what I state,
Here on the NE coast, we had a record breaking amount of snow this past winter and completely average amount of rainfall this month.
 

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Don't know why but lately I've been grateful for being able to just turn the faucet handle and out comes water. Turn the other handle and it's heated. God be praised.
You're living right.
 

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average amount of rain this winter where i'm at...so far a bit of a dry spring, but that can change any day

this world creates more than enough fresh water for us and itself, many times over

over time, americans learned to harness this fresh water and store it and use it for generating power

as Casey pointed out above: there are more dams that have been removed in the NW than have been recently built and that fresh water now feeds the ocean with zero plans to stop that activity...

california does this just south of san francisco, approx...they just open up some sluice gates and billions of gallons of fresh water just pour out into the ocean...

and they claim we're out of water...and we're always in a drought


it's all lies and mismanagement of what we were promised would exist forever


Poof...it's gone
 

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it's all lies and mismanagement of what we were promised would exist forever


Poof...it's gone
Nothing lasts forever.

A complex system takes intelligent management.

And LOOK at the current crop of COMPLEAT IDIOTS we have running things. Most cities, most states, FedGov; the Kourts; the lying fake-nooze mediuh.

They aren't ABLE to manage it. Now comes the time when police refuse to do their job; and the City-Year FedKops are more criminal than the local thugs. Where the weak and stupid will be on their own, without law and order; and even the Middle Class will have a war on two fronts. Criminals; and alleged law officers.

Society collapsing. Just like Caligula's Rome.
 

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I expect it’s dry some places, but I don’t usually consider the four corners area as the bread basket of North America. When an article is so doom-laden, I take it with even more salt. ‘Nightmare, nightmare”
After a few cycles of fear in my short life I don’t get so excited now.
Will food prices rise? If farmers are saying they will, that may benefit them(I hope.) But we certainly aren’t going to starve. IF the useable land is actually used.

We had heavy snowfall and late spring here in AK—right now I expect a cool summer with lower fire danger.
 

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If this starts popping up more and more in "the news" prepare yourself for the coming food crisis predicted. There will have to be some new way to control the masses now that people are getting COVID weary.
 

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it is bad out here eastern Colorado high plains

and if Prop 16 passes , stick a fork in cattle ranchers , new law would require the ranchers to butcher cattle only when they reach five years old

ranchers are getting $10 lb for hamburger and we were told the wait is 6 months for a half a beef

I have not heard how the peach farmers are doing over on the western slope ..very few Palisade peaches last year due to a late frost

we were paying around $20-30:a bushel but I expect a lot higher prices this year

but all this has happened in the past and we will survive


that is us , the brown dot



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I expect it’s dry some places, but I don’t usually consider the four corners area as the bread basket of North America. When an article is so doom-laden, I take it with even more salt. ‘Nightmare, nightmare”
After a few cycles of fear in my short life I don’t get so excited now.
Will food prices rise? If farmers are saying they will, that may benefit them(I hope.) But we certainly aren’t going to starve. IF the useable land is actually used.

We had heavy snowfall and late spring here in AK—right now I expect a cool summer with lower fire danger.
More people need to think like you!!! Too many good people spend way too much time being afraid these days. In the past, strong, hearty Americans used that energy for resolve against their challenges. Now all people know is fear! Too much soy milk and teevee me thinks!
 

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South central PA rain seems pretty good. Too wet to work the ground this week.
Maybe this year my renter will do better.
He has been loosing his ass on his dairy business.
My acerage is planted organic grains.
 

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More people need to think like you!!! Too many good people spend way too much time being afraid these days. In the past, strong, hearty Americans used that energy for resolve against their challenges. Now all people know is fear! Too much soy milk and teevee me thinks!
If people exercised basic preparedness...if they KNEW HOW...it wouldn't be such a fearful prospect.

By prepared, I mean, some food, some plans...some savings. THINK about this! Since I unwisely changed jobs in 2008, I'd been out of work four times, several times for months. The whole winter of 2011-12, Thanksgiving to St. Patrick's Day, I was out of work. Then again from July 2013 to February 2014.

Here's how bad things got for me: Christmas 2013, I went from Wisconsin to Florida (in my year-old Toyota) and spent the holiday in Key West. Now, I wasn't lodging in the Hilton; I was camping out; but I was eating well, seeing the sights, avoiding the dreary Central-Wisconsin winter.

I did NOT have the OmigawdwhatamigonnaDOOOOooo!!! panics. I was not happy about burning savings; but you take it as it comes.

Compare this to the Beer Cooties Full Imprisonment. Everyone's without three months' pay, and so everyone's RUINED.

Difference? I had savings. They did not, and don't, now.

And the Elites like having them that way. One more reason they're so thrilled at all this GREAT!!...INFLATION. And Artificial ZIRP. Keep the rubes from EVER saving.

I saved another way. Unca Walt got me buying gold starting in 2005. By 2010, I had the bulk of my assets in stacks.
 

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pooh pooh it all you want, and get all flippant,

but the reality is, it is dry
around here we haven't had real rains in months, and didn't have a normal winter snow pack,
rivers are down, lakes are down

and we aren't even in a drought area,

I would think reports from members around the country might shed more light on a greater sample size than what I state,

with corn over 6 bucks and beans over 15 going into plant, people much smarter than you are putting big money on the accuracy of the data coming in

I have noticed the local ponds are much lower than usual while out walking my dog. They were normal just a month ago, but on some you can even see the bottom of it in spots as the water has dropped a couple of feet I am guessing.
 

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More people need to think like you!!! Too many good people spend way too much time being afraid these days. In the past, strong, hearty Americans used that energy for resolve against their challenges. Now all people know is fear! Too much soy milk and teevee me thinks!
The children ,raised by gov. schools/rules, as pacifist, have come to adult age & we are now seeing the results.
 

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I am even more worried about ashes from volcanos. Their effect is global.
 

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I am even more worried about ashes from volcanos. Their effect is global.
But what can be done about it ? Nothing, mute point ? :don't    know2:
 

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But what can be done about it ? Nothing, mute point ? :don't    know2:
We need to stop being afraid of everything. We've turned into a nation of pussies with zero backbone
 

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We need to stop being afraid of everything. We've turned into a nation of pussies with zero backbone
Volcanic ash is real, but , unmanageable.
Our pond got a dose of fire ash & it killed ALL the fish in the pond, about 65.

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once those gills get clogged up, they won't pass water...they suffocated

and the temperature change had to be terrible

poor fellas, hopefully they come back as something higher on the food chain
 

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There is no compulsion in science, belief, faith, religion, or politics. You can believe and choose what you want. You may listen, or listen not. You may think, or think not. You may learn something new, or learn not. It is your life. You have freedom of choice. You have freedom of will. When science is wielded for profit, the distinction between truth, fiction, faith, belief, and practices becomes a religion we do not challenge as we are comfortable with the beliefs we have already – they work. What if everything you held to be true was a lie – and you could learn that lie for yourself and find a better way? Are you interested? If you are sick, or have become sick, then you have been touched by a lie, that only you can determine if the lie is good or bad for you. I will expose lies, present truth, you will decide. I will be merciless with truth.

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In Commiefornia Bay Area we received about half our normal rain fall.

I will not dabble into weather modification or other discussion at the moment, but we have without a doubt receieved substantially less rain than "normal". With that siad, the Tell-a-vision said if we all get our COVID gene therapy everything will go back to normal, so lets inject experimental mRNA and maybe the rains will comeback. /sarcasm
 

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In Commiefornia Bay Area we received about half our normal rain fall.

I will not dabble into weather modification or other discussion at the moment, but we have without a doubt receieved substantially less rain than "normal". With that siad, the Tell-a-vision said if we all get our COVID gene therapy everything will go back to normal, so lets inject experimental mRNA and maybe the rains will comeback. /sarcasm
sorta like an Ancient Aztec Sacrifice


....oh no...edit


quick...

maybe add a little smile here...

:D

wink there...

;)


maybe that'll help
 
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In Commiefornia Bay Area we received about half our normal rain fall.

I will not dabble into weather modification or other discussion at the moment, but we have without a doubt receieved substantially less rain than "normal". With that siad, the Tell-a-vision said if we all get our COVID gene therapy everything will go back to normal, so lets inject experimental mRNA and maybe the rains will comeback. /sarcasm
I guess that's the same reasoning that had so many saying: ...oh, they stole the election, and yes, we know they're two obnoxious dunderheads and the pResident-(s)Elect is senile to boot...but, lets just let them have it. Maybe things can go back to normal...

Yah. How's that workin' out, all you "Moderates"?
 

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not the thread for it Casey,

you guys take this down the shit hole and it will be deleted
 

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it is bad out here eastern Colorado high plains

and if Prop 16 passes , stick a fork in cattle ranchers , new law would require the ranchers to butcher cattle only when they reach five years old

ranchers are getting $10 lb for hamburger and we were told the wait is 6 months for a half a beef

I have not heard how the peach farmers are doing over on the western slope ..very few Palisade peaches last year due to a late frost

we were paying around $20-30:a bushel but I expect a lot higher prices this year

but all this has happened in the past and we will survive


that is us , the brown dot



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Exactly what I have been telling the whiners for years:
Be thankful for running water and trash pickup.
Don't know why but lately I've been grateful for being able to just turn the faucet handle and out comes water. Turn the other handle and it's heated. God be praised.
Appropriately, the trash was not picked-up today (the whole neighborhood)...
 

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Something definitely up. Corn limit up 2 of the last 3 days after already more than doubling in the last few months.

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I remember poo-pooing this subject matter on this site some years ago. As it turned out, cali ended up in the worst drought on record mostly becasue the Sierra Nevada's had no snow pack in March which is unheard of. My water bill then skyrocketed although I had already been conserving I was punished even more because the whole state had to cut consumption by 35%.

The LA Times recently reported that the Central Valley is the only part of the state facing a crisis and SoCal will be just fine. Well given that Lake Powell and Lake Mead are set to be at all time lows in the coming months I will be anxiously awaiting the news in the coming months about supply issues in the region. BTW both lakes are critical to infrastructure as Lake Mead requires a certain capacity to generate electric. Also the Salton Sea will continue to dry up and should it dry up entirely, the air quality in the region will get a whole lot worse.

The city of LA rapes the Owens Valley for water and the effects there on air quality are so bad the DWP had to install sprinklers to prevent the matter from the dry lake bed from harming the local residents per lawsuit. Should the Salton Sea dry up.....the people of San Diego, LA and Orange counties are sitting ducks. Is it climate change? That's beside the point IMO. For f**ks sake they live in a desert! They care not where they get their water but are quick to blame it all on the bogey man, I mean fossil fuels and NG.

Good luck with your faulty solar panels, and a tranny for governor! My god what a f**king laughing stock! If I hadn't lived there most my life I would say you're sh!tting me. But no, they really eat this stuff up.
 

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Don't know why but lately I've been grateful for being able to just turn the faucet handle and out comes water. Turn the other handle and it's heated. God be praised.

For me growing up, every drop of water we used had to packed up from the lake in buckets. It stays with you that water is precious. Today I have a gravity fed line from the well to the house and doesn't matter what's happening anywhere else, we'll have water.
 

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For me growing up, every drop of water we used had to packed up from the lake in buckets. It stays with you that water is precious. Today I have a gravity fed line from the well to the house and doesn't matter what's happening anywhere else, we'll have water.
There are many things taken for granted. Not that few on this forum wouldn't appreciate.