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What would happen if the corn crops failed?

My friend and I were discussing the fact that although they had a good crop this year, there has been difficulty getting the crops in this year and it has been very wet so mold and moisture are an issue. Have you ever realized the ramifications of a problem with the corn crops here in the US?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:02 AM on Nov. 16, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • We'll just have to make do somehow like we do with everything else.
    The good thing about farming crops is that there is always hope for next year.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 6:49 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Yes, hubs and I actually talk about what if the corn crops fail. We've decided that we'd be screwed. On the flip side, maybe becoming a corn farmer is a good idea for some job security. Hmmmm.

    Answer by Pnukey at 8:31 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Prices on beef, pork, poultry & dairy products would rise even more, prices on fuels with ethanol would rise, prices on corn food & by-products would rise. If you want to go vegan you may not be as affected in the food area.

    We have MANY farmers in our area that couldn't even get to their corn due to excessive rain during harvest season. The deer & geese are enjoying it, though!

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:44 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • I would say it's unlikely that the whole corn crop would fail. Corn is grown in many states. If it did, prices would go up. Supply & demand. Despite the rain putting us a few weeks behind, all our crops are out (700 acres soybeans & corn) The yield wasn't as high as it was 2 years ago, when most everyone in the area had a bumper season.

    Answer by RugersMommy06 at 10:12 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Yes, it is unlikely. But possible. What would happen is, beef and other farm animals would not have food as is traditionally fed to them. We would either have alternative methods in place or we would lose these animals. People mistakenly are self centered when it comes to crops. We are not the only ones that are dependant on our crops. All of our pets and farm animals are as well. It isn't just corn that needs to be protected.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

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