Lend Me Your Ears (of Corn)—the Mighty Drought Continues
The drought, the drought, the drought. Times are tough for dairy farmers, and Lester R. Brown from the Guardian thinks things will get even worse. Brown states that things might get sticky—all because of corn.
In the early spring this year, US farmers were on their way to planting some 96m acres in corn, the most in 75 years. A warm early spring got the crop off to a great start. Analysts were predicting the largest corn harvest on record.
The United States is the leading producer and exporter of corn, the world's feedgrain. At home, corn accounts for four-fifths of the US grain harvest. Internationally, the US corn crop exceeds China's rice and wheat harvests combined. Among the big three grains – corn, wheat, and rice – corn is now the leader, with production well above that of wheat and nearly double that of rice.