I just came in from the fields...
Yes, our actions have changed our climate. It is getting to be a real challenge to farm these days. Just last year we were in a 2 year drought. Fires blazed all over CA and ash rained down from the skies like Pompeii. Crops suffered.
This year we were hit with so much rain we couldn't get into the fields 'til mid May. Then it was so cold (avg 66 degrees) and damp nothing wants to grow. What does grow is plagued with fungus/blights and must be destroyed.
BUT wait...now the last 4 days we have had 100 degree temps....even reaching 104 yesterday! The poor plants can't adapt quick enough, but it has sent a signal out for the sleeping grasshoppers to hatch! I've never seen so many in my life. They move in clouds as you walk through the fields devouring everything! I'm baffled by it all. I've never faced so many challenges as a farmer. A few are hard enough, but what is happening is terrifying.
If you think we haven't altered our planet's delicate weather balance, then I'm here to tell you as a farmer YOU ARE WRONG! The challenges that lie ahead for humanity to feed itself will be many.
I take responsibility for my share of this crisis. I've contributed by driving, using fossil fuels and other things we now know cause so much damage. I try my best to educate others. I do my best to leave a small carbon footprint now, but I'm afraid its too late. I'm afraid its too late because as a farmer I see what is happening to the earth. I'm so much closer to it than most. My life is intertwined with it, and so it is for all others. They just don't realize it. So the pattern seems to go on. We have to stop what we are doing to this planet. We have to begin to heal it and then I'm afraid it will take generations to undo what this one has done.
I get carried away, but if you could see what I see happening in the fields you would be as afraid as I am. I must go battle the grasshoppers...
Anyone that thinks we are not causing climate change is putting their head in the sand to avoid the horrible situation we are in. Reversing this change will take many years and hopefully it will not be too late for us. Once there are food shortages and floods, droughts, blizzards and hurricanes are more expensive than FEMA can afford (where does the money come from for that anyway?) maybe everyone will finally decide that scientists are not lying to us and god is not able to fix it for you.
Helping myself to know how to deal with the dry seasons I am trying to learn about the different plants that do well in different types of growing problems. DRY,WET, etc. Any help along this line would be helpfull and thank you. Virginia . Florida
Covelo, CA, June 4, 2012 Today's weather low prediction is for 34 degrees.
My garden generally is as much as 8 degrees below the prediction. So, my entire garden may freeze tonight! Argh! Between the extreme hot & cold weather (sometimes the difference between low's & highs in a single 24 hour period) can be as much as 55 to 60 degrees, the gophers, the birds, & the unexpected, I feel challenged & overwhelmed, to say the least.
- Start most plants from seeds, in the greenhouse
- Every year, I am planting out my plants, later & later.
- Plant many different varieties of each type of plant, as a safe guard
- Plant a huge garden, because there's no guarantees from one year to the next.
- Preserve the harvest for years to come, because next year will be different!
Disclaimer: My humble gardening knowledge comes from my successes & more importantly my failures, of which there are many. So, I welcome advice.
Good luck to all my fellow gardeners out there!
I agree with John, whenever the government gets involved the common man pays. I have not seen the great climate change that the environmentalists are claiming. I think that it is just the normal cycle of the weather patterns. I do believe we need to be good stewards of the earth and do all we can to farm/ live sustainably. It would be impossible for the world to control the actions of all countries (who would enforce the environmental controls suggested on China?)
I agree the climate is changing here in Oklahoma. We had our second ever blizzard this 2011 winter. We've had major ice storms the last 2 out of 3 winters. We were without power for 13 days. We've had 35 + days of over 100 degrees. The forecast is for 105 today. Everyone's gardens burned up. The farmers crops were sizzled. Now we have the plague of the 2" yellow grasshoppers going live a wave as you walk to the car. I give up!
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