We’ve seen this story on several channels. Some, like Ice Age Farmer, a bit more breathlessly than others.
Here, Subverse News has a more “sedate” look at the loss of planting and excess water in the Midwest of the USA. 13 minutes.
Mostly just folks looking grim with flooded land around them. Some talk of “relentless rains” and late planting with a cool fall coming so expecting poor yields.
Overall, the FDA (who many are NOT trusting) is looking at a 13% to 15% loss of crop; but they are also projecting fabulous yields per acre that folks “on the ground” are saying will just not be there.
Here’s IceAge Farmer talking about plant closings across the Midwest. I’m not so sure this is a big deal just due to folks generally moving facilities to lower cost zones further South and away from typically higher tax Northern locations. Could it be due to expectations of crop zone moving? Maybe. But I’d expect it to be more about Dollars than Degrees. 13 minutes:
Still, worth watching.
In any case, I think it is clear that the cooler weather the last year or two and the excess water, are causing “issues”.
I must also note that the Peach Cannery where I worked in the ’70s making money to pay for school, closed several decades ago. Nothing to do with cold weather, but a lot to do with cheaper peaches from other countries and low cost to haul the peaches to a newer cannery a bit further away. Plants age, and close, and are replaced. Weather changes or not. I doubt you can read climate change into plant changes.
Why can corn in high wage MidWest if you can move your operation to China or Brazil for cheaper? A whole lot of canned goods are showing up in Walmart with “Made In China” on them. You don’t need a cannery in Wisconsin if your import product from China for lower prices.
But regardless of cause, I think the fact that it is happening matters.