There are a number of lines in the Telegraph article that need to be looked at in the light of absent sunspot activity.
"Some agriculturalists say that by the time the water recedes in the next week or two, it will be too late for crop recovery or replanting."
"However, farming leaders are being optimistic, insisting that the Midwest has merely fallen foul of a cyclical weather pattern that will not happen again for years."
Ron Litterer said: "Corn can catch up if we get the right weather, so the jury is still out."
The start of Sunspot cycle 24 is yet to be announced by Anthony Watts, so it's reasonable to postulate a cool, poor summer, both in America and the UK. Crops need the sun's warmth and where is it? Just look out the window!. Wimbledon (the annual rainmaking ceremony) starts next week, so expect more of the same. Worldwide, a poor harvest in 2008 will be compounded with a worse one in 2009, just in time for the European elections. The "colleagues" are ignorant about sunspots, so they won't appreciate the reality of global cooling, just as they didn't foresee the valiant Irish "No". I believe "Gaia decomposes the EU" will be a great headline.
Interglacial periods last 10,000 years on average. Our present Holocene Interglacial is 11,400 already years old, Could another Stadial, such as the Little Ice Age be about to start? If so, look out! Glaciers in the Swiss Alps advanced, gradually engulfing farms and crushing entire villages, in the mid 17th century. Finland lost perhaps a third of its population to starvation and disease. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age
The EU has nailed its rag flag to the mast of AGW. That will be its downfall.