Farms hit hard
Heat and drought are having a big impact on farms around the world.
In el salvador, a country reeling from gang violence, farmers in the east stared at a failed corn harvest this summer as temperatures soared to a record 107 degrees fahrenheit. the skies were rainless for up to 40 days in some places, according to the government.
Wheat production in many countries of the european union is set to decline this year. in britain, wheat yields are projected to hit a five-year low. german farmers say their grain harvests are likely to be lower than normal. and in sweden, record-high temperatures have left fields parched and farmers scrambling to find fodder for their livestock.
Palle borgstrom, president of the federation of swedish farmers, said in an interview that his group estimated at least $1 billion in agricultural sector losses.
“We get quite a few phone calls from farmers who are lying awake at night and worrying about the situation,” he said. “this is an extreme situation that we haven’t seen before.”