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Response to The Midway Rebel (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 02:41 PM

12. Crops are failing NOW.

Evidence: The historic Drought/Heat Wave in the Central States 2011
(not seen since the Dust Bowl, and worse than Dust Bowl in some areas)

Wheat, Grain, Hay, & Cattle are the primary Food Crops grown in this region.

I live in West Central Arkansas (Ouachita Mountains)
Due to the Heat & Drought, there was NO 2nd Hay harvest in July this year,
and it was worse to our west (Texas/Oklahoma).
As a result, prices for hay (necessary to feed cattle in Winter) has more than doubled.
Many Cattle farmers sold off a good part of their herds in the Fall.

We depend on produce from our Veggie Garden.
We did OK, but some crops like tomatoes will not produce fruit when day time temps exceed 90 in the Spring.
We harvested very few tomatoes, but we consider ourselves lucky.
We have a wonderful spring that allowed us to irrigate our other crops.
Many in this area are not so lucky.
Their wells went dry, and they got NOTHING from their gardens.
Our local RVFD was using tanker trucks to help provide water for cattle in our area last Summer.
This is NOT good.

We are praying that last year was an anomaly,
but forecasts predict another bad year.
We ARE doing things to minimize the damages.
My point is It is here NOW.
Crops ARE failing.

Ogallala Aquifer

"The Ogallala Aquifer, whose total water storage is about equal to that of Lake Huron in the Midwest, is the single most important source of water in the High Plains region, providing nearly all the water for residential, industrial, and agricultural use. Because of widespread irrigation, farming accounts for 94 percent of the groundwater use. Irrigated agriculture forms the base of the regional economy. It supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle produced in the United States. Crops provide grains and hay for confined feeding of cattle and hogs and for dairies."

This aquifer dropped a frightening 5 FEET last Summer.
No Rain = No Aquifer

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