It’s been a demoralising weather-year for Wisconsin farmers. Heavy snowfall in April delayed spring planting by several weeks and late summer flooding has come just as farmers were preparing for the fall harvest.
According to Wisconsin Farmers Union president, Darin Von Ruden, the corn silage harvest was supposed to begin in mid-September, but if the fields stay wet, it won’t be possible to get the equipment in to harvest.
Ruden warns further delays will see the nutritional value of the silage lost.
Pedretti, owner of Vernon Vineyards, said his fields have seen 18 inches of rain in the last few weeks and all of that excess moisture is starting to throw off the pH level of his grapes.
“Basically the grapes’ natural ability to protect itself is going downhill,” Pedretti said.
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Gov. Scott Walker says severe flooding has caused more than $200 million in damage this summer.
Between the first flooding on Aug 16 through Wednesday Sept 06, some areas have received 5x their average August rainfall total — Mauston received 19 inches of rain, Montello 18 inches and Port Washington, 14 inches.
Farmers in parts of southwestern Wisconsin have been dealing with severe flooding for three years in a row now.
Galactic Cosmic Rays
During solar minimum, the sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases.
This allows more cosmic rays from deep space to penetrate the inner solar system and our planet’s atmosphere.
Solar minimum has returned, bringing with it extra Galactic Cosmic Rays.
The work of H. Svensmark, M.B. Enghoff, N. Shaviv and J. Svensmark attributes Cosmic Rays to cloud nucleation here on earth.
As well as more precipitation, increase cloud cover also exacts a cooling effect on the planet:
“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling,” Dr. Roy Spencer.
And this isn’t a standard solar minimum we’re entering, it’s a Grand Solar Minimum.
Latest predictions have solar output falling off a cliff in just the next few years.