Drought links: Food prices projected to increase, economic impacts growing

July 24, 2012 Drought MonitorCourtesy of http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Food prices are expected to jump in 2013 following this summer’s drought.

The increase – expected to be 3 to 4 percent in 2013 on top of a projected 3.5 percent for this year – follows additional impacts from the drought, including an estimated $12 billion in […]

Drought could lead to increased levels of aflatoxin

This summer’s drought has devastated much of what was supposed to be a record corn crop for the U.S.

But it’s not just heat and lack of water that can cause problems for corn farmers; the recent high temperatures and dry conditions also can lead to the growth of certain types of aflatoxin-producing fungus.

Aflatoxin, […]

Report: Michigan cherry crop almost a total loss

The overwhelming damage to U.S. tart cherry crop was detailed in a USDA report.

The numbers are truly staggering – the tart cherry crop in Michigan, the nation’s largest grower of tart cherries, is down 97 percent from last year. This caused a 68 percent drop nationally.

The forecast estimated Michigan will produce 5.5 million […]