It’s not just that it’s hot. It’s the stifling stillness that has settled in over the center of the continent that slowly suffocates, like a python wrapping around its prey. A year that started out promising, with plenty of warmth and rain early on, has turned deadly for crops throughout the grain belt of the US.
The price of corn has shot up 40% in the last month as a terrible harvest falls ahead of brown, dead stalks grimly standing in the fields. As much as a third of the grain belt states is in “severe drought” conditions, and it’s likely to only worsen. This is the kind of shock our economic system simply cannot handle right now, already weakened by bumbling in financial centers far from where people do actual work.
What has caused such awful weather? It’s always hard to say exactly, but we can be sure this will last a while longer – and it is too late for most of the crops.