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Colder and wetter - a two-fer:

First from Bloomberg:

The Wettest, Wildest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember
There has never been a spring planting season like this one. Rivers topped their banks. Levees were breached. Fields filled with water and mud. And it kept raining.

Food is going to get a lot more expensive - corn and grains are used for animal feed too.

Second - Microsoft News:

More weather woes for farmers: ‘There will be a lot of acres not planted'
How best to describe the situation faced by U.S. farmers after continued rain and flooding?

"It's like we are trying to plant on top of a lake!" wrote Nebraska farmer Ed Brummels in a recent Twitter post.

The situation does not look to improve for farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt. AccuWeather is predicting the pattern of rounds of showers and thunderstorms to continue, with storms over part of the flood-stricken areas into midweek. Also, the southern half of the Corn Belt is in the path of downpours expected later this week.

"If you're along the Ohio River and you don't have your corn planted by Wednesday, you may not plant anything additional because you may get three inches of rain between Thursday and Saturday," said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

Corn and soybean planting remain well off pace, according to Monday's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Progress compared to the average from 2014-18.

The Crop Progress indicated just 67% of corn was planted in 18 key corn-producing states. The 2014-18 average for corn planted by June 2nd is 96%, so planting is off 30.2% in comparison.

Like I said - stock up on stuff while the prices are reasonable.

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