Corn is the latest grocery item to reportedly suffer from a “coronavirus-related shortage” — and serving as anecdotal evidence of the bare supermarket shelves, a number of chains in both Portugal and the UK haven’t had any stocked for months.
The MSM is blaming COVID-19 (the current king of the scapegoats) for today’s corn shortages with the official party li(n)e stating: “retailers burned through their inventories in the spring as the pandemic led to consumers stockpiling large amounts of shelf-stable goods”. We’re told, according to the reports, that “big canning companies tried to get farmers to plant more corn, but growers had already made their plans for the year.”
As always though, mainstream reporting is packed with half-truths and obfuscation with the sole aim of advancing agendas. The facts clearly reveal that the issues behind today’s GLOBAL corn shortage predate the pandemic: the problems are tied to a cooling climate, and the evidence speaks for itself…
Corn Prevent Plantings
Prevent planting is the failure to plant an insured crop by the final planting date. During the USA’s 2019 growing season, the corn acres prevented from being planted soared past the previous record (set in 2013) by nearly 8 million acres to reach a new record of 11.4 million acres.
Historic flooding and cold were blamed.
South Dakota led the nation with more than 2.9 million prevent plant corn acres and was followed by Illinois and Minnesota at more than 1 million acres each. The map shown below highlights preliminary state-level corn prevent plantings in 2019:
Since then, the USDA has actually tightened its corn balance sheet.
As recently reported by brownfieldagnews.com, the official numbers have retroactively been whittled down even further. The year known as “the harvest from hell” and “noplant-19” was even worse than official figures let on, and now, in 2020, the prevented plantings have continued.
According to an article from agweb.com, 2019 was very bad but for many farmers, 2020 is the second straight year they’ve dealt with prevent plant.
“Where I farm, 50% is prevent plant this year,” said Ben Longlet, a farmer in Arthur, North Dakota. That’s partly because some of Longlet’s crop didn’t get harvested until the spring. Even then, ground conditions weren’t great and machinery got stuck: “We had about 50% of our corn left out over winter.”
Longlet said cold spring planting weather didn’t cooperate either: “We kept getting rain and it really just pushed our spring planting back to the point where it was. We just had to throw in the towel because the planting conditions were never right.”
USDA said in August that there are 9.3 million acres of prevent plant in 2020.
Yet we’re supposed to blame COVID for the corn shortages…?
What the Science Says
The pandemic is a cover for many a thing. However, food shortages are perhaps the most worrying. As hinted at above, a number of supermarket chains across Europe haven’t stocked canned corn for months now, and a myriad of reports from the U.S. suggest the same thing is going on there.
So, if it isn’t COVID that’s causing bare grocery store shelves, then what is it?
In their 2020 paper, scientists E. Ray Garnett and Madhav L. Khandekar ask: “Is Diminishing Solar Activity Detrimental to Canadian Prairie Agriculture?”
Their answer won’t come as a surprise to those who follow the activity of the sun, but when delving down into the pair’s findings it is astonishing to see how far AGW dogma has drifted from the science.
The below paragraphs are lifted from the paper’s eye-opening abstract:
During the grain growing months of May-July, the mean temperature on the Canadian prairies has cooled down by 2ºC in the last 30 years. The cooling appears to be most certainly linked to diminishing solar activity as the Sun approaches a Grand Solar Minimum in the next decade or so. This cooling has led to a reduction in Growing Degree Days (GDDs) and has also impacted the precipitation pattern. The GDDs in conjunction with mean temperature and precipitation are important parameters for the growth of various grains (wheat, barley, canola etc.) on the prairies.
In this study, we investigate the impact of declining GDDs and associated temperature and precipitation patterns on Prairie grain yields and quality. Our analysis shows that there has been a loss of about 100 GDDs over the time frame of 1985-2019. The loss in GDDs is also linked to some of the large scale Atmosphere-Ocean parameters like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), North Pacific Index (NPI) and Arctic Oscillation (AO). Our analysis suggests grain yield and quality could be significantly impacted in the coming years as solar activity continues to diminish.
The paper goes on to reference both the Maunder and Dalton Minimums, and the human struggles witnessed then. It also mentions Svensmark et al., 2017’s proposition that “increased ionization produced by cosmic rays (during low solar activity) leads to growth aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei. This mechanism suggests increased cloud cover as the sun enters a grand solar minimum” — I see this as being one of the main drivers of the cooling and also the observed increase in localized precipitation.
I cannot put this any clearer.
Unpreventable and large-scale food shortages are on the horizon. Shortages that have next to nothing to do with the activity of us humans, less with the mildest flu pandemic in history.
No, the cause of this coming global famine is a REFREEZING of the mid-latitudes as the Arctic effectively descends south: the COLD TIMES are returning in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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