Can’t Wait For Summer?

If you’re like me, you can’t. The older I get, the more I like good ol’ summer. And it’s been a really cold winter, so far.

Beware. Next summer may not be a lot warmer than now, at least compared to what we are used to. Summer is likely not be warmer for dozens of years. We’re going to be wearing sweaters, in summer.

Last summer, the climate headline of the season was Parts of Michigan Shatter Record For Coldest July 18 – Ever! And this: Frigid Summer in Chicago. The year before was not quite as bad.

We already know the winter wheat crop will be drastically reduced in 2010 from prior years.

What about the replacement crops, corn, soybeans, and spring wheat? Will the growing season next summer resemble 2009, which was particularly poor in the breadbasket of our nationa AND broadly elsewhere – or will it be much worse? We’re likely to have another late row-crop harvest, it seems at best.

Your government is not concerned. The solution for all climate conditions is to tax energy, and to legally prevent the release of energy wherever it can. Energy development is on a hard hold in the US.

The timing is inspired. Just as we learn the glaciers of the Himalayas are NOT disappearing, and never were (recently I mean; of course they have disappeared before in paleoclimatology).

Wet Fall Cuts Winter Wheat Planting in Most States

AP Story January 13, 2010

Winter wheat seedings in most states are down, in large part because of wet fall weather and a late row crop harvest.

The U.S. Agriculture Department says South Dakota farmers planted 1.25 million acres last fall, down 26 percent from the previous year. In North Dakota, where winter wheat is a minor crop, seedings totaled 340,000 acres, down from 580,000 acres in 2008.

DJ USDA Says US Winter Wheat Planting Down 14% From Year Ago

10:22 AM, January 12, 2010

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–U.S. farmers are planting 14% less winter wheat for
the 2010 harvest than they did for 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
said Tuesday.

“Planted area for harvest in 2010 is estimated at 37.097 million acres, down
14% from 2009 and the lowest since 1913,” the USDA said in its annual Winter
Wheat Seedings report.

U.S. farmers planted 43.331 million acres with winter wheat for the 2009
harvest.

For hard red winter wheat, planting is expected to total 27.8 million acres,
a 12% decrease from 2009, the USDA said. “Poor weather, low prices and the late
row crop harvest contributed to the decrease.”

Planting of soft red winter wheat fell even more steeply with a 29% drop to
5.92 million acres for harvest in 2010, the USDA said in the report.

Farmers have planted 3.33 million acres of white winter wheat, a 1% decrease
from a year ago.

Winter wheat is planted in the fall and harvested in early summer.

-By Bill Tomson, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-646-0088; bill.tomson@dowjones.com

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