Re: U.S. crops wilting despite scattered Midwest rain
It is truly a phenomenon. At my farm, the bird and animals are eating cukes and tomatoes just to get liquid. They are eating anything that is ripe. Have to pick off the fruit just before ripened. If you have fruit trees, they are picked clean as well. Corn is definitely affected most.
We also had a wind event that uprooted and cracked most tall plants.
It's a bad year for produce period. .....it obviously is going to affect livestock too.
My understanding is cereal companies like General Mills are not affected.
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Re: U.S. crops wilting despite scattered Midwest rains
This drought is really having a devastating effect on all produce. I work with several large potato growing operations from Florida to North Dakota and everything south of Indiana is already done for the season. Shipments started about 6 weeks early and ended early also. Heck, next week we'll start shipping out of central Minnesota.
Talked to a corn farmer in Iowa and one in Illinois yesterday and was told that it's basically too late for a decent crop no matter how much rain might fall over the next few weeks.