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-- -- Proud Miller fifty years is ravaging the midwest crops and livestock Brian Fuchs climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Joins us now that is the authority on the drought.
He joins Lincoln Nebraska to tell us when this region can expect some relief to know Brian we just -- -- worst in fifty years.
But can you give -- some metric it so bad that.
What how to we understand that.
It's so bad right now that -- seen some conditions that we just have not experienced in our country for quite some time.
And mainly over the grain belt of the country or receive absolute direct impact to their crops this year with the drought conditions did did -- prices on the futures for those crops into legal up now in anticipation that -- will be going up later.
-- -- do you think we're seeing some of that reaction right now as we're getting out into those fields more and more.
As -- summer -- progress we're getting a better idea of just what damage has been done to those crops especially corn right now.
And later on soybeans as we get further along those crucial periods you have why is it that.
When these spikes -- 20% 30% in some grain prices food material ingredient.
-- -- we don't -- 40% increase in prices in the grocery store what happens between that first point the last point.
Well -- I do think there is some time for that up price to trickle down through the market in and realistically how much of our.
Our food is coming from these grains is also dictated by it.
War we're gonna probably see one of the quickest.
Increases in our pocket book is going to be with meat prices as the continual cost to keep feeding.
Cattle -- por -- chickens and other poultry animals is also quite expensive right now -- trade down from beef deported mellow mushroom -- -- how to stop the beef prices from going as high as they otherwise would need to go because a lower demand.
Well right now though the drought is actually -- of the market to respond the way it has.
Just because prices -- -- high for grains to feed those.
Animals the actual price in the market for cattle has gone down because there's so many animals being forced to the market.
Because of the drought conditions with the lack of -- a lack of up pasture lands.
To finish these animals out on.
And so it's causing some issues with the cattle producers -- and -- what states are hit hardest and which crop is by far the worst off.
You know right now -- lot of the corn belt has really been identified as as being one of the big losers so far with this -- And we're seeing conditions in Illinois.
Indiana even into portions of Nebraska and Kansas are are really bad often -- the heat and dryness over the last few weeks has really.
Intensified that drought situation.
22 were were out right now.
All right thanks very much for being let -- Brian Peterson.
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