Sunday, March 10, 2013

30 Day Winter Wheat Belt Precipitation

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From the National Weather Service is this map of rainfall plus the moisture contained in snow over the U.S. winter wheat belt for the last 30 days.

If you are a new reader to the blog, you might wonder why I have been giving this issue so much attention. The reason is that many are forecasting a critical worldwide grain shortage in 2013. The success of the U.S. winter wheat crop could go a long way toward assisting with that shortage. While the drought continues (I'll most more on the drought later this week), this recent moisture has improved prospects for the crop.

1 comment:

  1. Certainly a timely posting. Yet,the article linked to by the phrase "forecasting a critical worldwide grain shortage in 2013" totally ignores the global use of food crops for biofuels. For example,40% of enormous U.S. corn production in 2011 was used to produce fuel ethanol, and the pressure "grows" to force even greater corn consumption by automobiles.

    In my opinion, this is madness in the face of global requirements for food for human beings.

    Pray for good rains on Kansas wheat.


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