“The drought should prompt a rethink of U.S. over-reliance on corn," William Moseley writes....

“The drought should prompt a rethink of U.S. over-reliance on corn," William Moseley writes. "Farmers in the central plains used to grow a greater diversity of food and forage crops… But they gradually opted to grow more and more corn thanks to federal agricultural subsidies and expanding markets for corn in animal feed, corn syrup and ethanol."

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  • Glenn Doty
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    What exactly are they supposed to grow without water?


    It's the MIDWEST that is destroyed by drought. Had they been growing strawberries there would still be a devastating drought.




    Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see less corn - because I'd like to see us back off of our reliance on ethanol... but no matter what was grown in the Midwest this year it would be facing the impact of an extraordinary drought.


    8 Aug 2012, 07:12 PM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    Corn is one of the more water-intensive crops to grow. No, nothing grows without some rain, but almost anything else they could have grown - at least in the grains family - would be more tolerant of drought and less reliant on irrigation than corn is.


    But corn is where the biggest government payday is, so I expect they'll keep right on growing corn, drought or no drought, until that farm subsidy welfare spigot gets turned off.
    8 Aug 2012, 08:26 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    You mean a government program is counterproductive? How can that be?
    8 Aug 2012, 10:55 PM Reply Like
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