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OFA Climate Change Leading To Lower Crop Yields, USDA 2014 Record Year For Crops

This week Obama For America, also known as Organizing For Action, aka President Obama’s permanent campaign team has been doing an NCAA style tournament bracket for climate change deniers featuring Speaker Boehner, Iowa congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000362′ ], and others who do not buy into the liberal fallacy of man-made climate change/global warming.

In today’s email concerning OFA’s midwest portion of its bracket’s first round there was this gem(emphasis mine), “Climate change is no joke for folks in the Midwest — it contributes to extreme storms and floods, heat waves, droughts, and declining crop yields.”

 

My day job has me providing an agricultural service, and thus I tend to have an interest in crop yields, especially corn and soybeans.

So you can imagine the spit-take I had reading that email considering that 2014 was a record year for Illinois corn and soybean growers as well as for farmers nationwide.

From Fox2 St.Louis:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that farmers statewide produced an estimated 2.35 billion bushels of corn last year. That tops the 2007 record of 2.28 billion bushels.

Yields of that commodity were a record 200 bushels per acre, up 22 bushels from 2013.

That’s despite a 1 percent decline in corn acreage planted, to 11.9 million acres.

The 9.8 million acres of soybean acres harvested last year were up 3 percent from 2013, and farmers got the most out of them. The USDA says a record 548 million bushels were produced, with an average yield per acre also set a new milestone at 56 bushels.

Nationwide, corn and soybean production also set records.

Climate change hysteria meet reality.