More Severe Heat On The Way – Crops Pounded…(Stealth Famine Coming…)
Northwest heat endangers crops
By Melissa Abbey
Tue July 10, 2012
It’s been more than a month since Jerry Mann’s 9,000-acre farm has gotten rain, and when the 56-year-old Montana man examines the dry, shriveling kernels of wheat and barley, he’s understandably nervous.
“We’re looking at a 30-40% drop in the usual yield if we don’t get some rain here real soon,” he said.
The high Tuesday in Great Falls, Montana, is 95, a number that pales in comparison to the triple digits seen recently in other parts of the country, but presents major problems for its residents — particularly those involved in agriculture.
Extreme weather: Get ready to see more of it
With cooling temperatures in the South and Midwest, national attention has shifted to Arizona and California, where temperatures are well above 100.
But the real story is temperatures up to 15 degrees above normal in northwestern cities such as Great Falls, according to CNN meteorologist Sarah Dillingham.
Mann, 56, knows the land and knows the crops. He was born into farming, and on that land he’s raised wheat, barley and a family.
A 30% to 40% drop in yield, of course, means a 30% to 40% drop in income.