Food Sunday: Drought and Corn

4:58 am in Uncategorized by Ruth Calvo

Corn in drought

(Picture courtesy of flickr.com.)

Sadly, there is one good aspect I can see coming out of this year’s ‘exceptional’ drought level throughout the state of Texas, and neighboring Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.   It may finally teach farmers that high irrigation crops such as corn are not a good thing to plant here.

The aquifers that are rapidly diminishing in the West are not up to the job imposed on them by growing crops dependent on them.   The people who live out here need the water for basic existence, and shouldn’t be thrown into direct competition with farming needs to exist.

With up to half of the area’s nearly 900,000-plus acres of corn already written off, the Texas Corn Producers Board reports many farmers, by the end of last month, still were looking to divert some of their water resources to other fields or crops to have the best chance of making a crop this season, according to the board.

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“The most important thing for producers to know is they must contact their insurance agent and have their insurance company’s adjuster evaluate the crop prior to diverting water from any acres,” David Gibson, the board’s executive director, said in a news release.

Vaughan said it’s possible a farmer’s insurance claim could be rejected if he or she fails to notify an insurer prior to diverting irrigation or taking other actions to cut losses.

That water is being viewed as an artificial prop for insurance claims is the height of cynicism… no, that comes from another source.

Of course, producers of artificial plants such as Monsanto are rushing in with new GM crops that are supposed to fill a need, but actually are intended to produce just another profit.

Needless to say, growing hemp which is an excellent dry land crop, is a solution that should be considered, and outdated laws changed to make it possible as a substitute for the futile farming that has failed throughout the West.