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drought in Australia affecting farmers

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-despai...n-farmers.html

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A crippling drought is ravaging vast tracts of Australia's pastoral heartlands, decimating herds and putting desperate farmers under intense financial and emotional strain, with little relief in sight.

While the country is no stranger to "big drys" and its people have long had a reputation as resilient, the extreme conditions across swathes of Australia's east are the worst in more than 50 years.

A smattering of rain earlier this week did little to ease one of the driest starts to the year on record, turning pastures to dust and destroying huge areas of grazing and crop lands.

With no feed, farmers have been forced to ship in grain or hay from other parts of the country to keep sheep and cattle alive, spending thousands of extra dollars a week just to stay afloat.

Some exhausted graziers spend hours each day hand-feeding their stock because the ground is too dry for grass to grow. Others have been forced to shoot starving cattle.
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Europe

https://weather.com/news/news/2018-0...europe-farmers

***The damage is visible from space: Farm fields in Europe that were lush and green a month ago are now patches of dusty barren dirt.

In some places, more than half the harvest could be lost as farmers in a dozen or so countries deal with a once-in-a-generation drought and devastating heatwave, NBC News reports.

“I have never seen this type of hot and dry weather, and I’ve been farming over 30 years,” said Max Schulman.

Schulman, whose farm is about 35 miles from Helsinki, Finland, said only 3 inches of rain has fallen there since the end of April. He sees 10 to 14 inches most years.

The drought-plagued area stretches from Ireland and the United Kingdom through Norway, Sweden and Finland in the north, and from parts of France and Germany through Poland and into the Baltic states further south.
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https://www.abc17news.com/weather/ex...ouri/779506111

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https://www.statesmanjournal.com/sto...lex/883522002/

and as usual the US southwest

very sad. wonder if food prices will go up (probably) and how much.
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South America also

http://en.mercopress.com/2012/01/28/...-crops-volumes

***The weather pattern known as La Niña has brought hot, dry conditions to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Mexico, scorching recently planted crops. Temperatures will exceed 40 degrees Celsius in some of Argentina’s corn-growing areas through Feb. 2, the Buenos Aires Cereals Exchange said on Thursday. Rain will be scarce in most areas, said climatologist Eduardo Sierra.

Argentina’s corn harvest may be curbed to 21.4 million metric tons in the year starting March, from a record 23 million tons a year earlier, Liliana Balbi, an economist at the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, said Jan. 18.

Corn growers in Brazil, the world’s third-largest producer, will harvest less than previously forecast after a 13-week drought cut output in the country’s top growing region.***

Central America
http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/08/07/...s-crops-cattle
***Nicaragua and the rest of Central America have been hit by a major drought that has killed thousands of cattle, dried up crops and forced cities to ration electricity.

Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala have declared emergencies in the worst affected areas to speed up aid delivery. El Salvador and Nicaragua have opened special funds to help farmers.

In northern Nicaragua, vultures are eating the carcasses of cows that are dropping dead in dried out pastures.
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the US East/Southeast continue to get lots of rain

is there such a thing as 'global drought'?

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...Argentina’s corn harvest may be curbed to 21.4 million metric tons in the year starting March, from a record 23 million tons a year earlier, Liliana Balbi, an economist at the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, said Jan. 18.

Corn growers in Brazil, the world’s third-largest producer, will harvest less than previously forecast after a 13-week drought cut output in the country’s top growing region.***

the US East/Southeast continue to get lots of rain

is there such a thing as 'global drought'?
Nope. Good year to be growing soybeans and corn in the U.S.

"USDA Forecasts Record High Corn Yield and Soybean Production for 2018
WASHINGTON, August 10, 2018 – U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Up 4 percent from 2017, soybean production is forecast at record high 4.59 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production slightly from last year, forecast at 14.6 billion bushels. ... ...Average corn yield is forecast at 178.4 bushels per acre, up 1.8 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States." https://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/2018/08-10-2018.php
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Nope. Good year to be growing soybeans and corn in the U.S.
A biology professor in the Ag department at PSU once told me that the perfect growing conditions for corn from June through August was a half inch of rain every third day with 85 to 90 deg sunshine the other two. Just about what we are getting in the NE this year.

As long as we get some dry weather during harvest time it will be a bumper crop this year.
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40 continuous days here with no recorded rainfall.

Last year was the record at 46

No rain predicted in the next week.
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drought in North Korea

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-no...-idUKKBN1KV0SI

***A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.
In a statement issued in Geneva, the IFRC said there had been no rainfall since early July as temperatures soared to an average 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) across the country, whose official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The next rain was expected in mid-August. ***

VietNam
https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vi...e-3733593.html
***Ninh Thuan's animal health officials said the province, which is two hours south of the popular resort town Nha Trang, is raising 160,000 sheep and the number of those killed by the ongoing drought has not been counted. Locals said the fatalities have amounted to several hundred.

They said they are helping farmers find alternative food sources and to build sheds to keep the animals from the scorching sun.

Vietnam has been hit by harsh drought every recent year. In 2016, the worst drought and saltwater intrusion in almost a century cost the country VND15 trillion ($669 million) in agriculture losses, with heavy damage in the Mekong delta, the country's rice basket.***

somebody is going to be hurting over this. traditionally if the West is short on food they buy it from the third world, and those people must pay up or go hungry.
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drought in Australia affecting farmers

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-despai...n-farmers.html

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A crippling drought is ravaging vast tracts of Australia's pastoral heartlands, decimating herds and putting desperate farmers under intense financial and emotional strain, with little relief in sight.

While the country is no stranger to "big drys" and its people have long had a reputation as resilient, the extreme conditions across swathes of Australia's east are the worst in more than 50 years.

A smattering of rain earlier this week did little to ease one of the driest starts to the year on record, turning pastures to dust and destroying huge areas of grazing and crop lands.

With no feed, farmers have been forced to ship in grain or hay from other parts of the country to keep sheep and cattle alive, spending thousands of extra dollars a week just to stay afloat.

Some exhausted graziers spend hours each day hand-feeding their stock because the ground is too dry for grass to grow. Others have been forced to shoot starving cattle.
***

Europe

https://weather.com/news/news/2018-0...europe-farmers

***The damage is visible from space: Farm fields in Europe that were lush and green a month ago are now patches of dusty barren dirt.

In some places, more than half the harvest could be lost as farmers in a dozen or so countries deal with a once-in-a-generation drought and devastating heatwave, NBC News reports.

“I have never seen this type of hot and dry weather, and I’ve been farming over 30 years,” said Max Schulman.

Schulman, whose farm is about 35 miles from Helsinki, Finland, said only 3 inches of rain has fallen there since the end of April. He sees 10 to 14 inches most years.

The drought-plagued area stretches from Ireland and the United Kingdom through Norway, Sweden and Finland in the north, and from parts of France and Germany through Poland and into the Baltic states further south.
***

USA Missouri
https://www.abc17news.com/weather/ex...ouri/779506111

USA Michigan
https://www.mlive.com/weather/index...._in_grips.html

USA Oregon
https://www.statesmanjournal.com/sto...lex/883522002/

and as usual the US southwest

very sad. wonder if food prices will go up (probably) and how much.
I could be wrong but are you saying that because we are having droughts in areas that throughout recorded history are drought prone it is being caused by global warming?
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I could be wrong but are you saying that because we are having droughts in areas that throughout recorded history are drought prone it is being caused by global warming?
any little deviation in weather will be attributed to Global Warming by the fearmongers.

impossible to say if its global warming or regular cycle.

lots of people say it depends on the solar.
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The wheat harvest here in Kansas has been a little bit below average, but that is not bad because the weather has been positively odd.

This year I am harvesting 5 mixing bowls of grapes and I usually get just one. However my green beans, which are usually VERY reliable, have totally failed. I am blaming the weather for that
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The wheat harvest here in Kansas has been a little bit below average, but that is not bad because the weather has been positively odd.

This year I am harvesting 5 mixing bowls of grapes and I usually get just one. However my green beans, which are usually VERY reliable, have totally failed. I am blaming the weather for that


could you please elaborate on your phrase"weather has been positively odd" up here in Alberta crops are mostly OK, but I am seeing a lot of fields with what looks like herbicide resistant weeds. (see sprayer tracks but fields have weeds, and some are quite nasty.)
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could you please elaborate on your phrase"weather has been positively odd" up here in Alberta crops are mostly OK, but I am seeing a lot of fields with what looks like herbicide resistant weeds. (see sprayer tracks but fields have weeds, and some are quite nasty.)
I put myself through college in the late 60's early 70's working for a fertilizer company. I have never farmed but always been around farm talk. There is no year the same weather-wise or otherwise.
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could you please elaborate on your phrase"weather has been positively odd" up here in Alberta crops are mostly OK, but I am seeing a lot of fields with what looks like herbicide resistant weeds. (see sprayer tracks but fields have weeds, and some are quite nasty.)
To start with, we got some VERY late snow falls and 3 weeks later it was in the upper 80's. That is weird where I live

THEN during July the nights were in the 70's and the days were in the upper 90's, and that is usually August weather.

Now that it *IS* august, most nights are cool and this time of year the nights are usually hot.

We are also in a drought, but that happens every few years.

It is true that every year has different weather, but the weather usualy falls in a certain range, and this year it has not.
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We went the first 7 months of this year with less than 1 inch of rain.

We are in a 30-year drought here in Arizona. But that is why they call this a desert.

We have been getting rain this week at night, but this is the first real rain we have had thus far in 2018. Prior to this, we were all blowing dust bubbles.

Remember that Saudi Arabia was once a lush jungle. Climate changes, with or without the presence of people. Always has, always will.
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Global precipitation remains within normal variation. When there is less than overage one place there is above average another.

Mother Nature works that way; alway has and always will.
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It's been very dry here in Minnesota this summer. I don't even think we've had even a single severe storm in my area. Worse, our skies are hazy from Canadian wildfires 1,500 miles away (British Columbia) and I think the lack of rain is causing that stuff to hang up there longer than usual, so they've issued air quality alerts.

Regional/global system are fascinating in the modern age, though I understand there are still people (funded by Koch and Adelson, probably) who doubt GPS, remote sensing, and satellite imagery. All nonsense. And you can't see any of it from space -- it'll all a clever PhotoShop job. Wait, PhotoShop is fake also, must be air-brushing.
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Would seem logical using the climate change theorists science that

warmer temperatures = more energy = more evaporation = moisture in the air = more rain... Seems like a flawed theory...
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Denmark farmers financial trouble

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-a...-idUSKCN1L70TR

***On its own, the impact of the drought is seen at around 6 billion crowns, it added. At the beginning of the year, SEGES forecast a small profit for the sector.

“There is no doubt the drought has impacted so many farmers, that there will be more bankruptcies,” SEGES economist Klaus Kaiser told Reuters, declining to give an estimate.

Denmark’s harvest of wheat, barley and rye could fall by about 40 percent from previous years, the lobby group has previously forecast.

To view a map on European drought, click tmsnrt.rs/2M4kIvA ***

Sweden (reindeer)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-change-arctic

***Sweden’s indigenous Sami reindeer herders are demanding state aid to help them cope with the impact of this summer’s unprecedented drought and wildfires, saying their future is at risk as global warming changes the environment in the far north.

The Swedish government this week announced five major investigations aimed at preparing the country for the kind of extreme heatwave it experienced in July, when temperatures exceeded 30C (86F) and .

But it has yet to come up with any concrete measures for the country’s 4,600 Sami reindeer owners – the only people authorised to herd reindeer in Sweden – and their 250,000 semi-domesticated animals, raised for their meat, pelts and antlers.***
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