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US prevent plantings in 2019 at 20 million acres, more than double the previous record

USDA FSA record prevent planting 2019
Historic flooding in the early spring and record rainfall across portions of the Corn Belt led many in the industry to expect prevent plantings, i.e., the failure to plant an insured crop, to reach record highs in 2019, and the latest crop report bears that out. Prevented planting payments provide crop insurance benefits to policyholders to compensate for pre-planting costs incurred in preparation for planting the crop. For some farmers, these indemnity payments may exceed the economic returns associated with a late-planted and poor-yielding crop.

The previous prevent plantings record, set in 2011, was just shy of 10 million acres for the eight principle crops (Prevent Planting Implications for 2017). Recently released Farm Service Agency crop acreage data revealed that as of late August prevent plantings were record-high at nearly 20 million acres, more than double the previous record.

Prevented planting across all major crops was the highest in South Dakota at 3.9 million acres. Following South Dakota was Ohio at 1.6 million acres and Illinois at 1.5 million acres. Prevent plant acreage exceed 1 million acres in six states, across which prevent plantings totaled nearly 11 million acres, more than 50% of all filings in 2019. Figure 1 highlights total prevent plantings by state as of August 22. These totals are preliminary as FSA will continue to update crop acreage data through January 2020. Totals will likely increase but are not expected to increase substantially.

Comment: Crop catastrophe hits US Midwest: Latest USDA report outlines nightmare food production scenario


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Down economy, high food prices & negative interest is good for you

FSA prevented planting 2019
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Farm Services Agency (FSA) releasing Non-plant acres showing highest ever recorded @ 19.1 million acres, add in a collapsing global economy and negative interest rates that will lock the credit system and in turn the just in time delivery system, whats not to like according to banking analysts.


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Puerto Rico's coast

Puerto Rico quake
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Puerto Rico at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers, around 60 kilometers north of the town of San Antonio, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The earthquake was registered at 03:23 UTC on Tuesday. The USGS originally reported its magnitude as 6.3, but later reduced the number to 6.0. No tsunami warning has been issued yet. The closest residential area to the epicenter of the quake is San Antonio, a small town with a population of just over 2,000 people, and the municipality of Isabella in the northwestern part of the island.

Strong tremors were reported across the island, with terrified locals taking to social media to share firsthand accounts of the quake.

"I am still shaken to the core. It was very strong. I was really scared," a netizen based in Aguadilla, a town on Puerto Rico's northwestern tip, tweeted.

Witnesses reported hearing a "long sound like if it was thundering" before the jolts rattled the ground.

The earthquake was followed by several aftershocks, with magnitudes of about 4.6 or greater.


Alarmed locals share incredible images of blood-red sky in Jambi, Indonesia

Red skies in Indonesia
© Reuters/Willy Kurniawan
Horrified locals in Jambi, Indonesia have been posting incredible videos and photos online of bright orange and blood-red skies as fires in the region continue to burn, distorting the daylight.

Some residents have been posting their footage using the hashtag #prayforjambi and calling on the government to take stronger action to put out the fires and battle the haze.

Land-clearing fires are causing a high increase in the level of particulate pollutants in the air which filter out some of the sun's wavelengths, resulting in the intense red effect, according to a spokesman for Indonesia's Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 people in Haryana, India

Three labourers, including a couple, were killed in lightning strikes in Haryana's Charkhi Dadri district on Saturday, according to reports.

On Sunday, the bodies were taken to Dadri's Civil hospital for a postmortem examination, India TV reported. The police said the deceased — Devananda, his wife Urmila, and Mohit — went to the field to pick cotton around 7 am, after which it started raining.

They were reportedly struck by the lightning when they sat under a tree to take refuge from the ensuing rain.


Early snowfall hits plateau areas in SW China

Cold fronts on Saturday hit the plateau in the northwest of southwest China's Sichuan Province, bringing the autumn's first snowfall to the area.

It snowed in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture as well as the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the area 10 days earlier than last year.

Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Karen causes severe flooding in Trinidad and Tobago

Flooding in Cocorite, Trinidad, 22 September 2019
© Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Flooding in Cocorite, Trinidad, 22 September 2019
Heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas brought by Tropical Storm Karen have caused severe damage in the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.


Areas in the south western tip of the island of Tobago were badly affected from around 21 September. Strong winds downed trees and power lines, blocking roads and causing power and telecommunication outages. All schools have been closed. Nine shelters were set up to house families displaced by the severe weather.

Several boats were damaged in the rough seas in the Plymouth area, where a jetty was destroyed. Storm surge and high waves also caused coastal flooding damaging some buildings in Plymouth.


A century of climate crisis


The press warns us every day that we are having a climate crisis. And they should know, because they have been warning us about an imminent climate crisis for almost a century.


Shallow 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Albania, strongest in decades

Albania earthquake
© AP
Damaged cars outside the Faculty of Geology building at the University of Tirana after an earthquake on Saturday.
Albania was rattled by its strongest earthquake in decades Saturday, officials said, sending people fleeing into the streets in several cities, damaging buildings and triggering power cuts in the capital.

The epicenter of the shallow 5.6 magnitude quake, was near Durres, less than 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital, Tirana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Albania's defense ministry said it was the "strongest earthquake in the country in the last 20 to 30 years."

"There are no deaths," defense ministry spokeswoman Albana Qajaj said.

Some 80 people sought medical help in both Tirana and Durres, 21 of whom were hospitalized due to injuries caused by falling objects or parts of walls as well as for panic attacks, Health Minister Ogerta Manasterilu said.

Qajaj said that houses and buildings in Tirana had been damaged but were still standing and that the ministry was accessing damage in other towns and villages.

Authorities later said the quake had damaged about 600 homes and knocked out power and water facilities in Tirana, Durres and some other western and central districts.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 36 cows on Ondo sacred hill in Nigeria

dead cows
No fewer than 36 cows, belonging to a herdsman identified as Ladam, were struck dead, Saturday, by lightning at Ijare sacred hill in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Ladan, who is based in Kwara State, had come to the hill, known as Oke-Owa, on the outskirts of the agrarian community, to graze his herd, when the incident occurred.

The hill is said to be only visited by the king of the town and some chiefs once in a year, during the celebration of the new yam festival, to perform some rituals.

The incident was said to have been accompanied by a thunderstorm.