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  •  In the northern latitudes (0+ / 0-)

    the variability is getting serious. I read your diary this morning, this afternoon I read this article in the Independent. Wild species declining precipitately, farmers who don't know what to plant or when. Until the jet stream reaches some kind of stability, it will be difficult to make any kind of accurate prediction year-to-year. I know our local farmers are saying it will take a month without rain for the fields to dry out enough, last year there simply wasn't enough light for garden crops like peppers and tomatoes. Who knows what's coming this year.

    What happened there made me realise that evolution has prepared wild species for almost every eventuality – but not quite all. In exceptional circumstances, things can still go under. And let us fervently hope that the wet summer of last year was indeed the exception, and not the new rule.

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 01:58:41 PM PDT

    •  Still several inches of snow here. (0+ / 0-)

      Most crops need to be planted by the middle of may, and it's iffy if the fields will dry out and the soil will be warm enough to germinate seeds by then. Farmers who ordered drought resistant seed varieties last fall to get an early order discount may have to pay a premium to change their order to short season varieties.

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