Wednesday, August 08, 2007

This isn't exactly politics...but interesting. I was doing a story today on concerns about the future water supply with the population surge expected by 2030.

As a part of making various phone calls I talked with Brian Long from the NC Ag department. We were talking about how recent droughts have affected crops in recent years. It seems the extreme conditions are making it worse (freezes, floods, droughts, etc.) than droughts alone.

Even more interesting, apparently this was supposed to be a killer year for corn. 1.1 million acres were planted compared to 700,000 last year - a 39% increase. Turns out corn is a pretty sensitive crop and the drought is destroying some of the crops.

Yet another blow for North Carolina farmers.

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