Vice News on Midwest Flood/ Infrastructure Impacts

June 19, 2019

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6 Responses to “Vice News on Midwest Flood/ Infrastructure Impacts”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    The human capacity for self-delusion and denial is almost limitless. It keeps getting worse each time, and we are NOT going to beat Mother Nature at a game in which she always bats last. I’d bet also that the farmers whose fields would need to be partly taken in order to build “setback levees” are among the strongest opponents to doing that (unless of course, they were nicely compensated by the government that so many of them elected Trump to destroy).

    The WashPost has had recent articles on the delay in planting crops across the Midwest because of the flooded and saturated soils—-it’s now too late in many places to plant a crop this year—-get ready for higher food prices.

  2. redskylite Says:

    More intense storms in spring – but later on dryer, hotter conditions – overall the precipitation is not projected to rise too much. Challenging conditions for mid-west farmers of the U.S.A.

    Farmers will need to change and irrigate more – may cause some conflicts between landowners.

    “A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate.”

    If current climate and crop-improvement trends continue into the future, Midwestern corn growers who today rely on rainfall to water their crops will need to irrigate their fields, a new study finds. This could draw down aquifers, disrupt streams and rivers, and set up conflicts between agricultural and other human and ecological needs for water, scientists say.

    “We are getting more intense storms in the spring and less rain in the late summer,” DeLucia said. But the overall amount of precipitation is not expected to change much in the coming decades.

    https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/799457

    • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

      Irrigating broad acre grain crops is a little bit of an ask. Am ‘guessing’ there is insufficient water to start and conflicts is a tame term for the resulting fights.
      Good by corn and wheat, hello methane farting grass fed stock.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Farmers will need to change and irrigate more – may cause some conflicts between landowners.

      As the saying goes, whiskey is for drinkin’ and water is for fightin’ over.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Farmers can be notoriously skeptical on climate change, but do accept the need to change farming practices to allow for increasing ‘weather variability’.

    “Be it drought, severe storms, an early spring, wildfires or flooding, farmers are on the front line when it comes to climate change. You’d think they and the people who advise them might be the first to worry about global warming and look for ways to mitigate losses from climate change. But it isn’t this straightforward.”

    https://physicsworld.com/a/farmers-adapting-for-weather-variability-not-climate-change/


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