The US Corn Belt and the summer chill

It is all about the length of the growing season. Annual trends of shorter growing season, is a clear indicator we are on the cusp of the Next Grand Minimum. Stay tuned for the frost reports on northern edge of the corn belt.

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

A correspondent in the Corn Belt emailed on 10th August:

“Here in north central Illinois at exit 56 on I-80, most of the corn was planted by May 15.

The GDD totals since May 15 at Moline, Illinois.

  • May 15-31      + 1.7 GDD >normal.
  • June 1-30     – 32.7 GDD < normal.
  • July 1-31      – 94.5 GDD < normal.
  • August 1-9    – 33.9 GDD < normal.

Total since May 15 = 1695.0 GDD = -159.4 < normal, or about 8 normal days in early September. Corn that has a 2,500 GDD rating needs about 40 days yet. Most of the corn planted in NC Illinois is in the 2,450 GDD to 2,700 GDD maturity area.

The area of greatest risk is in IA north of Route 30, MN, WI and the Dakotas.”

The corn market doesn’t see a problem with corn prices off 30%-odd from…

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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One Response to The US Corn Belt and the summer chill

  1. gjrebane says:

    The only response of the econuts and true believers to reports like these is crickets and more crickets. Their silence on matters of substance is deafening.

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