note on the graphs used here

in March a year ago the St Louis Fed, home to the FRED graphs, changed their graphs to an interactive format, which apparently necessitated eliminating some of the incompatible options which we had used in creating our static graphs before a result, many of the FRED graphs we've included on this website previous to that date, all of which were all created and stored at the FRED site and which we'd always hyperlinked back there, were reformatted, which in many cases changed our bar graphs to line graphs, and some cases rendered them unreadable... however, you can still click the text links we've always used in referring to them to view versions of our graphs as interactive graphs on the FRED site, or in the case where an older graph has gone missing, click on the blank space where it had been in order to view it in the new format....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

*****USDA Declares Half Of Midwest As Agricultural Disaster Area*****

by Eric deCarbonnel

The graphic below shows counties designated as disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (data from the USDA. See It speaks for itself.


  1. the article doesnt cover it, but it was the worst year in the past 40 for late blight on tomatoes (the same blight that caused the Irish potato famine); in august i got several thousand returns on a news search...fields from connecticut to illinois were devastated by the cool damp weather of this past summer, which caused the blight to spead rapidly, killing some fields in a few weeks time...


    Late blight hits Kentucky vegetables
    Jul 20, 2009 9:58 AM, By Kenny Seebold, University of Kentucky

  3. Tomato blight. I was wondering why my tomatos suddenly turned and died right before they ripened. I've never had that happen before. Good thing that that I wasn't relying on those for food or income. Farmers must really be hurting right now.

    Gerald Celente had predicted last year that food shortages would become a problem in the upcoming years. I'm not sure whether I should start hating the guy or just start listening more to what he has to say. He's been right far too often.

    I hope that everyone has put aside a little long term storage food, just in case. If you don't know where to find the best stuff (IMO), I can post the sites. (although I should probably ask for a promotonal fee from them first ;-))

  4. yes rjs, that's exactly what it looked like.

    Odd thing, all of the other plants in my meager garden fared very poorly as well. I got maybe three zukes from each plant, the lettuce never grew to more than sprouts and I got one, that's right, just one cucumber from about 6 vines I planted, and not a single winter squash got past a three to four inch vine. Something's not right.

  5. it was just an odd summer for warm weather crops in the northeast...all that rain spreads all kinds of fungus tomatoes and cukes wiped out in midsummer as well...most everything else did ok, tho...think maybe we should do a reposting here of a preparedness thread like we did on MW several months back?

  6. Probably a good idea. Did you happen to save that topic link? Easier to cut and paste than having to do it all over again.