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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 01:13 PM

71. Some types of field corn can be consumed by humans.

 

Some types are made into corn flour for corn muffins and cornbread. Other kinds are treated with lye and made into grits, breakfast cereal for the south for reasons that I can't fathom. Can't stand them unless they're swimming in cheese with some jalapeno. I'm also a popcorn fan. Of course, these uses aren't of the same magnitude as animal food.

Thor, please correct me if I am wrong, but aren't beans, at least white and navy beans, grown in some of the areas that also grow grain, like North Dakota and the thumb area of Michigan. Those spots aren't getting a lot of rain either. Perhaps more beans are in storage than corn, but I doubt if beans are going to be a bumper crop, either.

Pasture must be in bad shape your way, too.

I'm from western lower Michigan originally, and we grow almost all the tart pie cherries in the U.S. and a nice chunk of the apples and blueberries. The warm March followed by cold nights in April took out all the cherries and apples and left a really short blueberry crop. Corn and hay don't look too good, either, including that on the family farmland that my Mom and Aunt still own.

I'm not looking forward to seeing starving deer this winter, either. I hope that folks who know how to handle a gun will go out and get their buck and doe this year. I'd rather see their meat in the freezer than their starved carcasses in the fields.

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