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Crops affected by climate around the world

Since it is fall, it is not surprising that stories about this year’s harvest are filling agricultural newsletters.  Many of those stories link this year’s harvest conditions to the climate of the past growing season.

Rome Ethredge noted in his Seminole Crop News blog that cotton harvest is well underway.  The crop looks pretty good but was negatively affected by the excessive wet conditions earlier in September .  Dryland cotton was affected by the summer drought and the quality is spotty but irrigated cotton is in good shape.  You can read his blog at http://seminolecropnews.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/cotton-picking-time/

Harvests in the Midwest have been negatively impacted by cool and wet conditions this year, according to AgWeb, but very large crops are still expected.  This has posed an issue for farmers looking for storage of their abundant harvests, according to another AgWeb story (here).  The lack of storage coupled with transportation bottlenecks has led to farmers trying innovative solutions to deal with the excess, which is the most in a decade.

In Brazil, hot and dry conditions are threatening crops there, according to AgWeb.  This has caused a small increase in commodity prices which is welcome.