Friday, May 29, 2009

USA food crisis continues to loom with severe weather consequences

Farmers dealing with drought and freeze damage to wheat, lack of custom harvesters

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer

As if farmers didn’t already have enough problems, now Kansas custom cutters are saying they may not come into Oklahoma or Texas because of poor wheat conditions.

Drought and freeze have damaged the wheat crops in both states to the point many cutters are making the decision to cut their losses. Officials estimate Oklahoma’s crops will be about half of its normal yield.

NDakota Ranchers Trying to Rebound from String of Disasters

May 28, 2009
By Blake Nicholson

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota ranchers are trying to rebound from a string of disasters: Drought last year shriveled their pastures and hayland followed by heavy winter snow, then spring flooding that turned roads and fields to mud.

Hay supplies already low from last year's dry weather were depleted by cows that needed more energy than usual to survive one of the roughest winters in memory.

So folks...heads up...many things to think about and prepare for!

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