You just can’t make stuff like this up:
The long-term prediction for the Corn Belt in Iowa says that the weather will get hotter and drier—much like western Kansas is currently. Yet, over the decades of [Iowa corn farmer and Farm Bureau economist Dave] Miller’s farming career, conditions have been increasingly wet. “If I had done what climate alarmists had said to do, I would have done exactly the wrong thing for 20 of the last 25 years,” Miller says.
…bolding on, and hold on. For the benefit of the author of the Slate piece, who apparently missed this article: that was Miller telling you that if he had listened to the global warming enthusiasts he’d have long since gone belly-up.
Miller doesn’t speak for all farmers, of course, and there are few less monolithic constituencies. This is a group whose holdings range from a small farm in the Northeast following biodynamic principles to big agricultural outfits that count farmed land in square miles, not acres. A fifth-generation wheat farmer in Oregon, like Kevin McCullough, might say, “I think it’s just normal swings in the weather.” But an organic farmer in upstate New York who is the first in recent family history to work the land would say, “There is a scientific consensus that there is a change of climate even in light of the fluctuations that naturally occur.”
Do tell. Do tell.
PS: There is a veritable plethora of things wrong with this article, starting with the fact that the author is apparently unaware that scientists are currently scratching their heads over the observed disconnect between CO2 levels and average temperatures. But I am a busy man; besides, I’m sure that my readers are easily up to the task of ripping the article to shreds themselves.
PPS: Modern farming in this country is the province of a class of professional workers with at least bachelors’ degrees in a highly technical, interdisciplinary field. Which is to say, your average farmer has had more STEM education than, say, the average political-geek blogger (ahem) or even Slate writer. Being condescending about their opinions is probably not… smart.