The American Midwest is in the middle of the worst drought in over 50 years. The corn belt states, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri, are devastated. The U.S. produces 40% of the world corn crop. Throughout the summer temperatures have been over 100 degrees F, with the water in the Wakanusa River near Topeka, Kansas reaching 103 degrees F on July 7. The dry conditions are perfect for an explosion of insects who love soybeans, the secondary, hardier crop of these states. Most corn belt states have declared a state of emergency, which allows farmers low interest loans. The majority of this corn is used for feed, food prices have already started to climb. Recently a soil scientist had to send a probe 5 feet into the ground to find any moisture, normally he would only have to probe 12 – 14 inches. Indiana and Illinois are on the verge of declaring their corn crops a complete write off.
Ponder this – Is it a natural cycle, or global warming? It really doesn’t matter, we live a fragile existence, at the mercy of the weather.