Sep 16, 2008
...so there's most likely going to be a grain shortage. Thanks for nothing, Turkmenistan!
US Dept of Agriculture: Central Asia is currently in the grip of 1 of the worst droughts in recent history. Widespread failure of rain-fed grain crops occurred in 2008/09, as well as sizable declines in irrigated crop area and yield. Food grain production dropped to some of the lowest levels in decades, spurring governments to enact grain export bans and resulting in abnormally large region-wide grain imports. Should drought continue into the 2009/10 growing season which begins in October, even greater declines in grain production will occur.