Very heavy rains (up to 15 inches and more) have swamped much of Illlinois, Indiana, and western Ohio. Even in the non-flooding areas, it has been very wet, and corn and soybean crops are suffering(if they even got planted). This area is the leading area in the world for production of these crops, and with higher than ever demand because of ethanol, expect skyrocketing corn and soybean prices.
what does this mean?
Not only will corn products(they are ubiquitous, corn syrup, corn oil, etc.) go up, but since corn is such a big animal feed, expect meat prices to skyrocket also.
When will the bad news end?
Everyone should go back to the days of WW Two, when home 'victory' gardens produced up to half of the vegetable production in the nation! Plant a fricken' garden if you have the room! It is a good and healthy hobby too!