Potential Drought Predicted for Iowa and What That Means for Food Supplies

HOLLY NOTE: We have posted articles continuously for the past several months detailing depletion of US and global grain reserves to record lows, grain thefts in Kansas, food shortages, rising food prices and resulting food riots, in hopes that you are getting this message: As tough as it might be right now, this is definitely the time to purchase significant food stocks. Consider taking Pres. Bush's $800/person rebate and invest it in food storage instead of blowing it.

When reading news articles, it is our hope you'll read beyond the headlines and hear the unspoken message - a quiet urging to prepare.

Iowa is at the heart of our wheat and corn production. All it will take is one drought as outlined below and our food supplies will take a serious hit. As a result, prices would skyrocket. Shortages are already showing up in certain parts of the country. Check this email:

I wanted to write and let you know about my shopping experience today. I live near Hickory, NC, a city of 37,000. My home burned in October and I am literally having to start over from scratch. I have been back online for only a few weeks but heard you urging folks to get food NOW. I decided to take the day off and do just that. WOW, was I shocked. I used to go buy in bulk at Aldi with no problem. Today, I had a hard time finding enough of the items I wanted. Some items were not in stock at all. I almost took every can in the store of certain soups and fruits. Then went to another grocery store to stock up on green beans and corn. Same story, I just about took every can on the shelves. It wasn't that I bought so very much, it was that there was so very little stock on the shelves. It reminded me of hearing you say, "There will come a day when a person will have money to buy the items, but there will be none to buy." I hope people will hear this and "WAKE UP." This is very serious!


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January 18, 2008
by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City
Radio Iowa - Des Moines

As much precipitation as Iowa's received over the last year, it's hard to imagine a drought could be on the way. But, Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Elwyn Taylor says Iowa is due for a possible dry spell later in the year.

Photo: Warmer weather cause more evaporation from the sea and from the land. Hotter climates are predicted to make continental interiors drier. Major food producing regions will suffer from unprecedented drought. Food production zones will shift unpredictably.

He says, historically, serious droughts come along every 19 years. The last major drought in the cornbelt was in 1988. "We've got our 19 years," Taylor says. "That's not enough to say there's going to be drought, of course, but it's enough to be quite watchful for these things." Taylor says there are other factors that increase the possibility of a dry spell this year.

South Carolina experienced a major drought last year and in the past, it's always been followed by a drought through the corn belt. "It's just a typical thing," Taylor explains, "they get a drought in South Carolina, and then the next year that moves into the corn belt...as it did from 1987 to '88." Taylor also points out that droughts never seem to occur when an El Nino weather pattern is in place, but can exist during a La Nina pattern.

"We entered La Nina on Christmas Day, this past Christmas," Taylor said. The National Weather Service released it's latest long range forecast on Thursday. "And their forecast for this summer is that this La Nina will not persist, that it will be gone by May. That's something we sincerely hope will come to pass, but we'll be watching that very closely," Taylor said. Last year was Iowa's 4th wettest year on record.