September 2018 – Once Again, Record Crop Yields Across the Globe

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

― Thomas Paine




July 19, 2018 – Record almond crop forecast for 2018

California almond growers are on track to outdo themselves again this year, as record investment in acreage and surprisingly little weather damage raise expectations the state will see its largest-ever harvest this fall.

(“Surprisingly little weather damage” is a Satanic inversion. The weather’s been amazing, for multiple years in a row, and production has been at record levels, for multiple years in a row. “Suprising” is a meme, like “mystery“, “baffled” and “puzzled‘ all of them used whenever anyone in the wholly-controlled-and-coopted Political, Scientific, Academic and Media establishments wants to lie about, well, basically anything. – ed)

New projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest growers statewide will combine for 2.45 billion pounds of almond meat in 2018, almost 8 percent more than 2017. If the estimate holds up, California will have doubled its production of the nut during the last 12 years.

(“On track to outdo themselves” Implies that it’s specifically the assiduous, clever almond farmers that are driving the largest almond harvest of all time, versus the truth, that it’s a general trend being seen across all crops and all nations. Their assiduousness and cleverness are steady-state, did not suddenly increase 10% in the last year.

Record crops are driving down prices, and have been for multiple years, now. The last thing an almond farmer is going to do in that environment is invest money in new trees and acreage in the face of highest-ever production by existing trees and a glut of their product on the market. They make this shit up out of whole cloth, saying stuff just to say it. – ed)


August 1, 2018 – Vietnam Coffee Growers Expecting Record Crop in Coming Season

2018-19 output may surpass 1.8 million tons, ministry says

(Carefully omits the word “record”from the headline – ed)

Higher production will weigh on prices, boost global surplus

Coffee farmers in Vietnam, the largest producer of robusta beans, are tipped to have a record crop next season after good weather favored plant development and replanting boosted yields. Local prices remain low.

Production will climb to 1.8 million metric tons in the year beginning October assuming normal weather, according to the median estimate of 15 traders and analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. That compares with 1.79 million in a survey last month and a forecast Tuesday from the nation’s agriculture ministry that output will exceed 1.8 million tons.

“I would say 1.8 million tons is a record high ever for a Vietnamese coffee crop,” said Le Tien Hung, general director of Simexco Dak Lak, the nation’s second-largest coffee exporter by volume. Favorable rains and plantings of new high-yielding varieties in multiple farms in Vietnam’s “coffee capital” of Dak Lak helps explain the higher output, according to Hung, whose company ships about 100,000 tons of coffee per year.

Record production would further weigh on robusta prices, which have fallen 22 percent over the past year. Higher output in Brazil and Vietnam will boost the global coffee surplus to 6.6 million bags, or 396,000 tons, in the 2018-19 season following a balanced market this season, according to Sucden Financial Ltd. Vietnam’s crop will be 1.75 million tons this season, up about 17 percent from 1.5 million in 2016-17, the Bloomberg survey shows.

(The story has to admit that “good weather” and “favorable rains” favored plant development, and piles on with ” and replanting boosted yields”. Record coffee harvests are being seen all over the globe, and “assiduous replanting of new high-yield varieties” is not at the base of those harvests. It’s just another watering-down element, a plausible-deniablity excuse. – ed)


August 10, 2018 – USDA Forecasts Record High Corn Yield and Soybean Production for 2018

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2018 – U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Up 4 percent from 2017, soybean production is forecast at record high 4.59 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production slightly from last year, forecast at 14.6 billion bushels.

Down 1 percent from last year, area for soybean harvest is forecast at 88.9 million acres with planted area for the nation estimated at 89.6 million acres, unchanged from the June estimate. Soybean yields are expected to average 51.6 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from last year. Record soybean yields are expected in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

(Did you notice they gave you the numbers, but carefully hedged by omitting the percentage increase between them, because providing it would have been much more impactful, and go seriously off-message re: Poor Mother Gaia dying, and all? So I had to do the math. It’s a see-the-needle-moving 5% increase in yield, in just one year. – ed)

Average corn yield is forecast at 178.4 bushels per acre, up 1.8 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States. NASS forecasts record-high yields in Alabama, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee. Acres planted to corn, at 89.1 million, remain unchanged from NASS’ June estimate but down 1 percent from 2017. As of July 29, 72 percent of this year’s corn crop was reported in good or excellent condition, 11 percentage points above the same time last year.

(Same tactic, provide numbers, omit percentage. The increasing yields across multiple crops across  multiple states are a sign and a signal just like the record-sized fish I’m documenting every week. There’s no mention of “awesome genetically modified grains enhancing yields”, so that excuse is out the window.

They mention that the percentage of crops ranked good to excellent increased over ten percent in the last year, but there’s not a peep about precisely what is causing the increased excellence, or the increased yields. That kind of omission is what defines the news blackout, and it’s my hope that a long-term documentation of it in this thread will weaken and eventually topple the strategy. – ed)


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