Drought & 14 States

July 12, 2011 by USA Post 

Drought & 14 StatesDrought & 14 States, Heat and drought are so bad in this southwest corner of Georgia, who can barely eat pork. Corn, a profitable crop with a thirst notorious, is burning in the fields. Cotton plants are too weak to penetrate the soil so dry that it could be the pavement.

Be the first to Tweet Tweet this! ShareThis farmers with money and equipment for irrigation wells are running dry in the National Drought and particularly brutal unusually early that some say could rival the days of drought.

“It’s horrible so far,”said Mike Newberry, a farmer from Georgia who is trying to grow cotton, corn and peanuts in 1,000 hectares.” There is no description of what we’ve been since the start of corn planting in March. ”

The pain has spread to 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place to Arizona, where farmers could be forced to sell entire herds of cattle, and they simply cannot feed them.

In Texas, where drought is the worst, virtually anywhere in the state has been spared. City dwellers and farmers have been plagued by excessive heat and strong winds. As they have been in the southwest, forest fires is chewing through millions of hectares.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture 213 of the 254 designated counties in Texas as natural disaster areas. More than 30 percent of the wheat fields of the State would lose, add pressure to a poor harvest worldwide.

Even if weather patterns change and the relief that gives the rain comes, the losses undoubtedly head the past 3 billion in Texas alone, state officials in the agriculture sector, he said.

Most troubling is that the drought, which could pass as one of the nation’s worst, it’s extra warmth and earlier.

In spring and summer that has dominated the news of the time by epic floods and tornadoes, it is difficult to imagine that almost a third of the country is facing an equally daunting kind, but very different from natural disasters.

From a meteorological point of view, the reason is quite simple. “A strong La Ni? A closure of the pipeline south of the humidity,”said David Miskus, which oversees the drought of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The climate phenomenon called La Ni? A is an abnormal cooling of Pacific waters. Usually, it is Ni? Or, what is an abnormal warming of these waters.

Although a recently released Forecast Center National Weather Service Climate Prediction suggests that this pattern could revive dangerous climate in the fall, many dry regions are in the unusual position of hoping for a strong tropical storm season in drenching southeast monsoon and the southwest.

Climatologists say the drought this year is beginning to look a lot that shook the nation in the first half of the 1950s. That one also dries a wide swath of the southern tier of states in leather and remains a record.

But this time things are different in the drought belt. With states and municipalities in need of funds and unemployment remains high, political and economic forces are amplifying the pressure on land and the people who depend on it for a living, state and local officials say.

As a result, this drought may have the cultural impact of the great 1930 drought.

“In the 30′s, had depression and everything that happened with that, and drought at the top,”said Donald A. Wilhite, director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and former director of the National Mitigation Center Drought. “The combination of these two things was devastating.”

The drought is having some strange effects, economic and otherwise.

“One of the major impacts of the drought will be the reduction of the cattle herd in the United States,”said Bruce A. Babcck, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University in Ames. And that will have a paradoxical effect on the price of meat.

Farmers whose grass was killed by the drought cannot afford to sustain cattle with hay or other food, which are also the escalating prices. Your answer will probably get rid of the animals. That excess meat prices would go down temporarily.

But the U.S. offer ultimately won, the less at a time when global supply is already low, which is potentially much higher prices in the future.

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