Nobody knows for sure how long or how bad the drought of 2012 will get before it finally breaks. Currently, over one thousand counties across the United States are affected and have been deemed ‘natural disaster areas’. Some are saying that this should serve as a warning to us all; especially as concerns our rampant manner in which we are adding greenhouse gases to the planet’s atmosphere. Others are saying that it’s either already too late or just ‘nature’ doing her thing. Take your pick. Either way, all that I know for sure is that my small raised beds have suffered as has my pocket book in paying both for water and air conditioning.
Right now, all the raised beds can be called pretty much a total loss! Not only has the water available to them been stingy, but the heat we’ve all endured has pretty much sounded the death bell for the few straggling plants that remain. Now my focus will be on a fall crop, hoping against hope that by August of September better climates will reign supreme.
At some point it is certain we will end up paying dearly for lost crops, especially commercial plantings like corn. What had already been one of the worst years for this very important crop has now turned into a certified disaster as many farmers across the Midwest are contemplating cutting up what has grown to use as animal folder. The US has also downgraded its estimates of total tonnage and is now waiting for fall to see just how badly we have been hit. What’s for sure will be even faster rising prices for many items that contain corn and even meat and meat related products that will go up due to increases in the cost of feed.