One year of above-average temperatures or extreme weather events are not enough to confirm the theory of global warming, but to some farmers in Virginia, the heat is taking a large toll.
In Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, corn growers claim their crops are suffering due to the extreme heat.
While the rain has been sufficient, the extreme heat has caused the moisture to evaporate quicker than normal. Consequently, some corn stocks are not getting the water they need.
According to the News Leader of Staunton, a number of farmers have started to rotate irrigation systems that spray water over fields. Others, however, can’t afford these expensive irrigation systems and are therefore at an extreme competitive disadvantage.
Corn requires moisture to pollinate and start forming ears full of kernels.
While most of the corn in the valley is used as feed for cattle, the market impact of less corn being brought to the market will still have an effect on the prices consumers pay for a number of grocery items.
The increasing global temperatures can be abated however if grassroots and political action is taken now and on a sustained basis. We have the tools to halt the Earth’s warming process, but do have the sense of urgency necessary to keep working towards a sustainable planet?
Don’t let the voices who deny global warming outright foul you. This phenomenon is real and I hope it doesn’t take us decades more to realize it.