The wild jet stream appears to be impacting crops worldwide, especially softer types susceptible to temperature swings. Inevitably this affects prices and leads to ‘filler’ entering the market as some elements look to maintain profit margins* giving far less bang for the buck. However, the latest cereals outlook overall is good and up on recent years.
Argiris Diamantis writes
According to Itar-Tass press agency, Ural News, the harvesting of the grain – that is not ripe yet – in the mid-Ural area is suspended by “the rather rare phenomenon” of local heavy snowfall, that fell in an area of several dozens of hectares. The quality of the grain will be far from the best.
EKATERINBURG, October 3. /Korr.TASS George Letov /. The first snow that fell in Artinskaya district in the west of the Sverdlovsk region, suspended harvesting of grain, said at a meeting in the Ural Agricultural University minister of agriculture and food of the region Mikhail Kopytov. “On this morning was removed 63% of grain. How did you start in the spring of – came only to sow May 12 rainy summer, early autumn, early snow here and wait,” – he said. Heavy snow in these areas of the Middle Urals in early October – a rather rare phenomenon.
However, according to the minister, there is confidence that the fields of the Middle Urals farmers will have time to remove all of the potatoes and vegetables – potatoes harvested 90% and 60% vegetables. And if in these positions Ministry sees perspective, with grain “are all very difficult.” “Firstly, they are not ripe, we are always postponing their cleaning, but that’s tucked away, it is necessary twice to dry on the dryer”, – he explained.
Nevertheless, in spite of the cold and rainy summer Ural farmers managed to procure a lot of fodder – “half can be sold to neighbors”, but the quality and energy of the feed will be far from the best, the minister said.
As explained TASS Head of Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of seed Peter Shestakov, fallen in an area of several dozen hectares of “very intense, but short-livedsnow is not pressed crop, but stopped out in the field harvesting.”
According Sverdlovskstata in January-August, the volume of agricultural productsproduced in the region of farms of all categories in current prices amounted to 31.4 billion rubles, which is comparable estimate by more than 3% less than the sameperiod last year. By early September, in all categories of farms were harvested (inweight) of 36.6 thousand tons of grain. Yield per harvested area was 21.4 quintals per hectare.
Argiris comments: This is a sign of things to come during the new Mini Ice Age, but the MSM do not pay any attention to this news, anything that contradicts the global warming hoax is kept out of the news. Antarctic sea ice is at a record level of 20 million square kilometers, twice the size of Europe, but only very few people know that. [Craig comments – and they won’t when the Met Office have a media black out in effect when it comes to anything going against the grain of the official narrative.]
Over at Real Science, Gail Combs has noted some interesting conditions in the US
Harsh winter (2013-2014) cut Michigan wine grape crop in half. Michigan’s wine industry ranks fifth in U.S. wine production. It normally contributes more than $300 million annually to the state’s economy.
Seems Florida is due for a shocker: Much of Florida 20 deg. Below Normal by Sunday Morning
And someone was wondering about why beef prices were up?
There is record cold in South Dakota in Sep. of 2014, three weeks earlier in the season than the record blizzard that killed about 100,000 cattle in Oct. 2013. Also the freezing temps so early in the season mean Canada and Northern USA have less animal feed.
…Something nobody considers about animal feed crops near harvest, but not yet cured on the stalk, is that if they get soaked, snowed on, or frozen in the field, it becomes especially dangerous to use it as feed for livestock. Oats, barley, millet and wheat, as well as any of the other grain crops and then most hay types simply cannot be used for feed because they then become nitrate toxic and in some situations prussic acid toxic, too. Any cattleman worth his salt will tell you cattle can bloat and die if turned onto frozen or frosted alfalfa forage and horses, sheep, and other ruminants are extremely susceptible to oat poisoning. Bad weather like we are getting with regards to harvest time becomes a nasty harbinger nobody needs, whether they are a producer or a consumer.
* Professor Chris Elliott, who led the government’s inquiry into the horsemeat scandal, said walnuts had become his latest major food-fraud concern and advised people to be extra vigilant when eating food claiming to contain them.
“There have been a lot of crop failures in walnuts around the world. I am worried we will see the substitution of peanuts for walnuts, which can kill people,” Professor Elliott, of Queen’s University Belfast, told The Independent.
“It’s easy to tell the difference between a peanut and a walnut on their own but when they are processed it is really difficult to tell. For example whether it’s walnut flour or peanut flour,” he added.
Walnut prices have jumped by 50 per cent in the past month in Kashmir after heavy rains decimated crops in the region – a major supplier of the nut – just before they were due to be harvested. Crops in the Galiyat region of Pakistan have also been ruined as well as in Argentina, where prices doubled in July after frosts and rain spoilt the harvest. The ongoing drought in Californian has also threatened yields.
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