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Half of U.S. in Severe Drought

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 16:10 PM
July 13, 2012

    The United States government has now declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states as official drought disaster areas.  If a county has suffered severe drought for eight weeks, farmers in that county are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

More than 61% of farm acreage in the lower 48 states are in horrific drought conditions.  This is the highest percentage in the 12-year record of the U.S. Drought Monitor.  Moni Basu of CNN says American farms are in the worse dry weather conditions since 1988, and weather experts expect it to get worse.

Of course, the dry earth is part of the same record of triple digit heat waves, destructive storms, and out-of-control wildfires that have also plagued the country.  Because America’s corn fields are particularly under siege, economists warn of higher food prices starting this coming Fall.

Rich Tinker, author of the U.S. Drought Monitor told Basu that “Half of America’s pastures and ranges are in poor or very poor conditions, up from 28 percent in mid-June [and] 30% of the corn crop in the 18 primary corn-growing states are in the same conditions, up from 22% the previous week.  In the hottest areas last week, which were generally dry, crop conditions deteriorated quickly.”

T-storm Weather, LLC, told Jeff Wilson of “Most of the Midwest will get less than 20 percent of normal rain in the next five days, and temperatures will rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) in the four days ending July 18.”  Thus, Bloomberg expects soybeans and wheat losses will exceed government forecasts.

Ron Mortensen, the president of Advantage Ag Strategies Ltd. in Fort Dodge, Iowa, told Wilson:   “Soil moisture is empty, and you can see the crops declining daily. Crops will get smaller without a dramatic increase in rain in the next two weeks.”

Corn, absolutely the biggest crop in the U.S. was valued at $ 76.5 billion in 2011.  That year soybeans grossed $35.8 billion and wheat $ 14.4 billion.  But it will not be the same in 2012.

As most of the nation’s farms are in what is called the Bible Belt, surely pastors there are flying church banners calling for prayer.  In Haggai Chapter 1, when drought struck, God said, “Consider your ways. . . . Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.  And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, . . . .”

So believers repented, and asked God’s forgiveness for ignoring His laws, and doing only what they wanted to do.  And God forgave them, and restored their prosperity.  So must America now do the same!

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