Is “Seawater Rice” China’s Answer to Rising Sea Levels?

Is “Seawater Rice” China’s Answer to Rising Sea Levels?

Over the last 40 years, China’s sea levels have risen faster than the global average. In December, Premier Xi Jinping declared that the production of staples such as rice was a natural security issue.

China’s coastline is facing rising tides, so 2021’s production of 4.6 metric tons of “seawater rice” per acre must have pleased Chinese leaders. Earlier, China’s Minister of Agriculture had pronounced that the country would stabilize corn production and expand soybean production in 2022. After trade disruptions due to COVID, domestic agriculture production has a renewed policy focus in China.

A Surfeit of People, a Lack of Arable Land

China is home to around 20% of the world’s population but has only about 7% of the globe’s arable land. Crop-growing land in the country (currently around 120 million hectares) decreased by about 6% between 2009 and 2019. This was due to pollution and urbanization. Around 100 million hectares of China’s land are unusable due to salinity and alkaline issues. Chinese agronomists hope to turn 6-7 million of those hectares into “seawater rice” producing land by the end of the next decade. While not meeting China’s average of 6.5 tons of rice production per hectare, it would still boost domestic food supplies.

Terraced rice fields in Yunan, China
Terraced Rice fields in Yunan, China. Photo courtesy of Jialiang Gao,

Will Seawater Rice Impact Chinese Imports Soon?

With seawater rice growing in its early stages, Chinese imports of rice boomed in January-August 2021, with a record 3.2 million tons of rice imported. Half of this was broken rice, which is used for feed, snack, and liquor production.

As for imports of other grains, China’s attempt to expand domestic production won’t achieve policy goals for a while. While China has yet to meet the soybean import targets in 2020s US trade deal, some commentators think it will ramp up purchases from Brazil. Overall, though, Chinese soybean purchases fell almost 4% in 2021. However, sales for this year’s Jan 1 to Feb 10th period had old crop soybean sales up 28% from last year. Last week, though, Chinese news agency Xinhua said the country could cut soybean imports by 30 million tons. The reduction could come about if feedstock formulas were changed to lower-protein mixes.

Climate Change Is Real!  Join In For A live Seminar With Some Of The World’s Leading Experts!

Climate Change Is Real! Join In For A live Seminar With Some Of The World’s Leading Experts!

Record heat and fires burn California again. The historical 2018-2019 Australian drought killed millions of animals and put the Australian agricultural economy in a tail-spin. Melting permafrost in Siberia and Russia that threatens wildlife and rivers. These are just a few of the many “obvious” signs that climate change is getting worse.

Some 90% of all scientists agree that we are on a crash course to a global disaster if actions are not taken immediately. This subject of climate change has become “far too political”, when scientific evidence (just like with COVID-19 and warnings months ago by experts), is overwhelming.

Seal level in St Petersburg Florida

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Is The Dome Of Doom Coming To A Corn Field Near You?

Is The Dome Of Doom Coming To A Corn Field Near You?

The grain market has, of course, been in the gutter for years. This was brought on by the Trade War with China, ethanol plants closing due to low crude oil prices, COVID-19, and record crops around the world. However, all of that could be changing. Above you can see a picture of a heat dome you. Will it last and bring down the excellent crop conditions that have been a blessing for Midwest farmers? I believe so, as I have been telling clients for the last few weeks.

However, the greatest risk for farmers will be over southern Illinois, Missouri, southern Iowa into possibly eastern Nebraska and especially Kansas and Texas heading deeper into July. The rim of fire rains within the dome will prevent major crop damage (for now) over at least the northern Midwest. My biggest concern right now is for cotton farmers in Texas and perhaps soybean and corn farmers in the southern 20-35% of the belt in the next few weeks.

However, in the short term, there will be a few chances for rains for some Iowa and Illinois farmers over the next 5 days. Warm-night-time low temperatures, however, can nip corn yields at a critical time following these rains.

Radar mid a.m. July 9th–more storms like these are likely over the weekend before big time -mid-late July heat

One main force in the grain markets this time of the year is, of course, summer weather. We have the potential for an explosion in grain prices this summer. That depends on “if” a “hot dome” (high-pressure ridge in the atmosphere) parks itself over the Midwest grain belt. Some important rains are forecast for parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and the western corn belt today and again over the weekend. However, the high temperatures a dome could bring in about 8 days are unwelcome for southern Midwest corn and soybean crops. The Texas cotton crop could in jeopardy as well.

temperatures in corn areas
Will these temperatures verify and what is the longer-range outlook? We use special computer models to outguess other weather forecast firms.

Potential for Summer Weather Problems

My latest gold report to clients has been talking about extreme heat and potential for summer weather problems. These would arise if:

  • the AO index stays negative with warming over the North Pole,
  • La Nina continues to develop,
  • and other teleconnections from my Climate Predict program below stay strong. (Climate Predict is our exclusive long-range in-house weather forecasting program for global commodities.)
Climate predict corn weather.

The letters (AO, NINO34, etc.) you see above the map are teleconnections around the world. They represent factors like sea ice, La Nina, and global ocean temperatures. Analyzing them gives us an upper hand in forecasting global commodity weather, as well as price analysis and yield. They show the potential is there for some crop problems, especially later this summer.

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Predicting The Weather, Better, Months In Advance

Predicting The Weather, Better, Months In Advance

Droughts and fires in the Amazon, Australia and Indonesia this year have scorched millions of acres of timber and farmland. Billions of animals died. This has motivated a new group of climate change advocates who are trying to make a difference in the world. They are planting millions of trees around the world. Scientists among them are developing new carbon capture techniques. Some are teaching their peers about mindfulness when discarding, or emitting carbon. Hopefully, this year’s weather disasters will spark more immediate climate action.

One region where my accuracy has been proven is in long-range weather forecast program for the Amazon of Brazil. Another was in west Africa’s cocoa areas. The dots on the map below represent zones where present teleconnections make it easiest to predict weather, months in advance. El Nino, lack of sea ice, ocean temperatures thousands of miles away, etc. can influence global climate)

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Climate Predict Lite is designed to improve long range weather forecasts for farmers and businesses. The objective is to plan and prepare for favorable weather or disaster mitigation many months before the inevitable events occur.

drought, wet, rainfall, Brazil

It has turned very wet in Brazil the last month or so. After a 3-5 year northern drought, Climate Predict (below) forecasts above normal Amazon rainfall trends from March through May. Which commodity markets could this impact?

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Amazon, Brazil, drought, wet, commodity
More Footprints Of Global Warming: Record Warmth in the US/Europe And Antarctica

More Footprints Of Global Warming: Record Warmth in the US/Europe And Antarctica

The image above shows the record warmth across the globe, not only in the USA.

The low solar cycle phenomenon that many “climate change deniers” keep preaching was suppose to deliver a cold northern Hemispheric winter. The reality, this could not be further from the truth–the exact opposite has happened. Record warmth has not only invaded Australia, but much of the US this winter and Europe will be seeing their warmest February in years.

Speaking about Australia, here is another look at the devastation of this beautiful country from what has been mostly climate change, but also the effect of a weak El Nino, a negative AAO index and a positive Indian Dipole during their summer.

“The Dalton Minimum was a period of major glacier expansion–even snow in June in New York City giving the Farmer’s Almanac its reputation. Many NON believers in Climate Change continue to point to periods of severe cold weather in 2019-2020. This is because the sun is entering the lowest period of sunspots (storms) since the early 1800’s. However, in my view, climate change and melting sea ice if offsetting the low solar activity”–Jim Roemer

The record warm winter has been a blessing for consumers worrying about high electricity bills. It is also been a tremendous trading opportunity for bearish trading in the natural gas market.

Low solar activity is suppose to cause what we call a negative NAO index? Instead, the NAO index has been positive this winter, responsible for the warm US and European winter. But at least some of this in my opinion is related to Global Warming and man-made CO2 emissions.

“The blue (cold) weather pattern over the Arctic this winter, resulted in a +NAO index keeping all of the cold at the North Pole. This could actually act to increase Arctic Sea ice in the short term, but in the long term, that remains to be seen”—Roemer

While warm winter weather has certainly had benefits for consumers and commodity traders in the heating oil and natural gas market, there is much more important, “alarming” concern about the health of our planet.

In an excerpt from Science Magazine by Marc Urban he goes on to explain something that I have been preaching for years:

“For millions of years, Arctic sea ice has expanded and retracted in a rhythmic dance with the summer sun. Humans evolved in this icy world, and civilization relied on it for climatic, ecological, and political stability. But the world creeps ever closer to a future without ice. Last year, new reports documented how record Arctic warmth is rapidly eroding sea ice, and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change detailed the manifold impacts from declining sea ice in a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. As the northern sea ice declines, the world must unite to preserve what remains of the Arctic.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that last year’s minimum Arctic sea ice extent was the second lowest on record. Similarly, the Polar Science Center found that 2019 ended with the second lowest Arctic sea ice volume on record. The sea ice is now 40% smaller than it was 40 years ago, and the remaining ice is younger, thinner, and more temporary. Arctic summers could become mostly ice-free in 30 years, and possibly sooner if current trends continue.

Although most people have never seen the sea ice, its effects are never far away. By reflecting sunlight, Arctic ice acts as Earth’s air conditioner. Once dark water replaces brilliant ice, Earth could warm substantially, equivalent to the warming triggered by the additional release of a trillion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The ice also determines who gets rain. Loss of Arctic sea ice can make it rain in Spain, dry out Scandinavian hydropower, and set California ablaze. And declining sea ice threatens wildlife, from the iconic polar bear to algae that grow beneath the sea ice, supporting an abundance of marine life.

Unfortunately, the sea ice conceals not just algae, but also 90 billion barrels of oil and 1.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that neighboring countries would like to claim. If extracted and burned, these fossil fuels would exacerbate climate change greatly”


Most recently, Antarctica reached its highest summer temperature ever recorded (some 21 C–70 degrees F). According to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula have risen by almost 3C over the past 50 years, and that about 87% of the glaciers along its west coast have “retreated” in that time.

Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP they had “never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica”.

The bottom line—-With the warming arctic and Antarctica any prolonged, sustained cold period is not in the cards.

Jim Roemer

Drought Easing Rains To  Hit Australia, But Animal Extinction Crisis From Wildfires

Drought Easing Rains To Hit Australia, But Animal Extinction Crisis From Wildfires

Over the last two years the combination of an occasional weak El Nino signal in the western Pacific, combined with CLIMATE CHANGE and the warming oceans have been a partial factor in the historical droughts and forest fires that have threatened millions of animals in Australia and lowered crops, such as wheat and cotton, for the 2nd straight years. Drought are not unusual in Australia, but the intensity of the persistent heat and dangers to wildlife, are.

Ocean temperatures are warming over Indonesia where drought has also persisted and threatened crops there, as well. It is a terrible, depressing scene in Australia. One that brings constant tears to my eyes. However, the slowly decaying positive Indian Dipole, combined with the MJO could finally offer some relief in the next week or so.

One of the most important teleconnections that I look at to forecast weather for tropical commodities, is the Indian Dipole.

The index has been in the positive phase, again, also responsible for droughts and record heat in Australia. However, my long range weather forecast program CLIMATEPREDICT, shows how, historically, whenever there is extreme heat with a positive IOD and El Nino signal in the western Pacific, there tends to be a return to normal to above normal rainfall later in January and February in southern and eastern Australia.

January of 1973 was one year with a positive Indian Dipole and an even stronger El Nino signal than we have today.

While only one case, in 1973 follow a hot month for Australia, the Indian Dipole weakened and it turned quite wet as CLIMATEPREDICT shows below for many similar cases. Again, the situation this year is much more dire than 1973 or any other year for that matter. I believe this severity is at least partly related to CLIMATE CHANGE and the warming oceans.

Depending on the Indian Dipole and if the western Pacific and weak El Nino signal weakens (as some models suggest), this will have major global impacts on many commodities in the months ahead from wheat to cocoa, coffee and sugar with potential positive impacts to production in 2020.

Jim Roemer