Family friend and blogger vanilla, in a recent post, noted as an aside:
A side effect of the wet weather that we observed as we travelled across the Heartland, and a most serious one it is, too, is the fact that much of the farmland is not yet planted, or even under cultivation. In fact, much of it is under water. This, combined with the serious flooding in the Mississippi Valley, bodes ill for us all.
I’d noted the rough midwestern weather and Mississippi valley flooding with interest, but that aspect of it hadn’t occurred to me…although it should have.
Not getting the fields planted before memorial day? That’s trouble.
Even if they get planted in the next couple of weeks, the plants will be at their most fragile stage during the hottest, driest part of the summer and, in many places, won’t be ready to harvest until there is real danger of losing it to freezing temps.
We’ve already been experiencing serious inflation of food prices (which the government conveniently doesn’t count in calculations of the official “inflation rate”); this spring’s weather means it’s going to get worse before it gets better…if it ever does.