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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Isle of Palms, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Isle of Palms residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Isle of Palms, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Isle of Palms, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Isle of Palms, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Isle of Palms, SC?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

Sets Prize
Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $99
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $139
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $149
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $299

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Isle of Palms with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
  • *See Store for Additional Details
Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Isle of Palms.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Isle of Palms.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Isle of Palms, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Isle of Palms and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Isle of Palms, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Isle of Palms, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Isle of Palms, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Isle of Palms, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Latest News in Isle of Palms, SC

New upgrades completed at Isle of Palms County Park designed to improve accessibility

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The start of Spring is right around the corner, and those who hope to spend these warmer days while at the beach will see some new upgrades at the Isle of Palms County Park that are designed to make the beach and park area more accessible for everyone.Construction on these upgrades began last fall and has recently wrapped up, according to Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission officials.There a...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - The start of Spring is right around the corner, and those who hope to spend these warmer days while at the beach will see some new upgrades at the Isle of Palms County Park that are designed to make the beach and park area more accessible for everyone.

Construction on these upgrades began last fall and has recently wrapped up, according to Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission officials.

There are now seven accessible car parking spots and four accessible van parking spots at the park that are all fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA, Recreation Director Steve Hutton says.

There were also upgrades made to the access ramp and stairs at the Park Center to bring them up to current ADA standards. An updated handrail system was put in place that will last longer and require less maintenance, according to Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission documents.

The accessible parking, route improvements, stairs, ramps, handrails and other updates are all part of Phase 1 improvements at the Isle of Palms County Park. In total, the upgrades cost about $220,000, Hutton says.

“We are absolutely committed to making sure we are as accessible as possible for all of our residents,” Hutton says. “We don’t want to serve a small segment of the community. We want to serve anyone who wants to be able to come to our beach parks, or our day parks or our natural areas. We feel it’s essential.”

Though these changes might not seem major, they can make a huge impact for those who want to enjoy the amenities there, according to Hutton.

“While these improvements are called for by the ADA, improved curb cuts, accessible routes, ramps, etc. benefit parents with strollers, customers with fishing carts, etc., so it’s not just about wheelchair users,” he says.

This is the first major capital project that is part of Charleston County Parks’ 11-year plan to improve accessibility throughout the system and resolve any accessibility barriers for folks wanting to use the parks, according to Hutton.

Next fall and winter, there will be more upgrades made to Isle of Palms County Park as part of Phase 2 of the project, including replacing the beach access ramp and adding a viewing station, Hutton says.

Other accessibility options currently at the park include accessible picnic tables under shade structures, accessible restrooms and beach wheelchairs.

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Clemson LIFE holds ceremony for 2022 graduates

Download imageThe Clemson University Clemson LIFE program graduated 14 students during its recent commencement ceremony, which was held April 30 at NewSpring Church of Clemson.Clemson LIFE is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities that prioritizes job skills and independent living. The recent ceremony allowed graduates to attend with faculty, staff, family and fri...

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The Clemson University Clemson LIFE program graduated 14 students during its recent commencement ceremony, which was held April 30 at NewSpring Church of Clemson.

Clemson LIFE is a post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities that prioritizes job skills and independent living. The recent ceremony allowed graduates to attend with faculty, staff, family and friends to celebrate the accomplishments of its new alumni.

The program welcomed special guests to the ceremony, including Clemson University President Jim Clements and Clemson University First Lady Beth Clements, who presented certificates and rings, respectively, to LIFE graduates. George J. Petersen, founding dean of the College of Education, and Joe Ryan, Sue Stanzione Distinguished Professor of Special Education, were also on hand to welcome students and their families to the event.

Eric Mac Lain, studio analyst for ESPN and the ACC Network and former Clemson student athlete, delivered the ceremony’s commencement address.

Learn more about all of the Clemson LIFE graduates, what they have planned after graduation and what they consider highlights of their time at Clemson in the LIFE program.

Frankie Antonelli

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Plans after graduation

I will be living in Clemson and continue working at Your Pie.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part of Clemson was being a manager for the Women’s Basketball team, and I made so many new friends.

Katie Beck

Charleston, SC

Plans after graduation

After graduation, I am going to spend more time hanging out with my family and get a job in Charleston.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite thing about Clemson was meeting new friends and having roommates!

Graham Bitzer

Plans after graduation

I am staying in Clemson and working at the Shepherd Hotel and interviewing at Madren Center.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite thing during my time at Clemson LIFE was joining a fraternity, BYX, and being the first Clemson LIFE student to partner with the Air Force ROTC.

Emily Parkey Ferguson

Atlanta, GA

Plans after graduation

I am moving into a new apartment in Clemson and working at the Shepherd Hotel.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

I have loved everything about Clemson – from my teachers and roommates to tailgating and attending so many fun events!

Blakeley Kress

Houston, TX

Plans after graduation

I am staying in Clemson and working at TD’s and Sully Steamers.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part about being a part of Clemson LIFE was making lifelong friendships.

Bryson Marsh

Waco, TX

Plans after graduation

I am moving to Waco, Texas and working at Raising Canes.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part about Clemson was getting involved with FCA.

Grace Myatt

Isle of Palms, SC

Plans after graduation

I am moving to Isle of Palms and working at Harris Teeter.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part of Clemson LIFE was getting to meet Dabo!

Mary Catherine Price

Jefferson, GA

Plans after graduation

I am staying in Clemson living at U Centre and working at The Delish Sisters restaurant inside the Shepherd Hotel.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

I loved having the opportunity to go to college – especially joining my sorority, Tri Delta!

Leah Shelton

Perry, GA

Plans after graduation

I am moving back home and can’t wait to find a new job with all the skills I have learned!

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

I had so much fun here because I had great teachers and friends.

Tanner Smith

St. Matthews, SC

Plans after graduation

I am staying in Clemson and working at the Shepherd Hotel.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part of being at Clemson was all the people I got to meet and build relationships with and my roommates.

Alana Spencer

Atlanta, GA

Plans after graduation

After graduation, I am going to look for a job and opportunities to dance.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part of Clemson was learning new skills, especially grocery shopping and cooking!

Tyler Trout

Atlanta, GA

Plans after graduation

I am staying in Clemson and working at Evolve, a restaurant downtown.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

It’s hard to pick one favorite memory – I loved everything about my time at Clemson!

Allison Watry

Milton, GA

Plans after graduation

I am moving to Atlanta after graduation and working at an elementary school.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part of Clemson LIFE was meeting new people and all the fun activities – especially swim team!

Noah Wynne

Statesville, NC

Plans after graduation

I am staying in Clemson, moving into a new apartment and working at the Shepherd Hotel.

Favorite thing about Clemson LIFE

My favorite part of Clemson was meeting the football players and watching them play!

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Keeping it clean on Earth Day

Earth Day is here and it’s a perfect time to honor the beautiful outdoors that we enjoy on a daily basis in the Lowcountry. It’s a day to give thanks to the land that grows our food, and it’s a day to give back to our Mother Earth.Of all the many ways to give back to our environment, picking up litter is of high importance for me. Not only is it a pet peeve to see trash on the ground, but I see litter as being disrespectful to our natural surroundings. I also think about the animals that have to live amongst the litt...

Earth Day is here and it’s a perfect time to honor the beautiful outdoors that we enjoy on a daily basis in the Lowcountry. It’s a day to give thanks to the land that grows our food, and it’s a day to give back to our Mother Earth.

Of all the many ways to give back to our environment, picking up litter is of high importance for me. Not only is it a pet peeve to see trash on the ground, but I see litter as being disrespectful to our natural surroundings. I also think about the animals that have to live amongst the litter. When I see someone leave belongings behind at the beach, where do they think those will end up when the tide comes in? I think about the fish having to swim around and dodge soda cans or plastic cups.

How can we teach our children to be cognizant of the long-term detriments of litter? It is up to us as parents to show our children by example that keeping our planet clean is vital for maintaining the quality of life we enjoy for future generations.

From parks to rivers to beaches, opportunities abound year-round to get out with your family and get involved in cleaning up the community, including with various service groups.

Here are some local organizations that host litter cleanups in the Charleston area:

Keep Charleston Beautiful: An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Palmetto Pride, Keep Charleston Beautiful hosts a number of cleanup events in Charleston throughout the year and will also assist a group sponsoring a cleanup event.

Community Pride: Established in 1966, Community Pride Inc. of Charleston County coordinates and promotes Adopt-A-Highway cleanup efforts across the county and hosts six litter sweep dates throughout the year.

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium: The Beach Sweep/River Sweep is always held in September. This is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer waterway cleanup event.

Palmetto Pride: The Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup effort is one of the most successful cleanup programs that Palmetto Pride sponsors and it takes place every February. They also sponsor programs like Clean Teams, Palmetto Prideways and the Great American Cleanup.

Charleston Parks Conservancy: Trash along the West Ashley Greenway became one of the major focuses of this conservancy that is responsible for caring for the city parks in Charleston.

Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew: This local crew holds spring litter sweeps every other Monday from 6-7 p.m. on April 25, May 9 and May 23. Before each spring sweep, individuals and groups can attend a 5:30 p.m. welcome session when volunteers can learn more from Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew and the South Carolina Aquarium’s conservation team about the litter problem, its ecological impact and solutions. The spring welcome sessions are a great opportunity for groups from schools, civic organizations and businesses to get engaged. As the busy beach season heats up, Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew will hold sweeps weekly, Memorial Day to Labor Day, from 6-7 p.m. No advance registration is required, but if you have a large group coming, email Susan Hill Smith at susanhillsmith@gmail.com with information about your group and a head count estimate. The group meets at the beach access at the 1100 block of Ocean Boulevard on Front Beach, tucked between the City of Isle of Palms showers and facilities, next to Coconut Joe’s. Reusable buckets, bags, gloves, clipboards, pens and data collection sheets are provided. Each volunteer is offered a free IOP Cleanup Crew magnet that’s good for free parking during future sweeps.

Ukrainian corn production likely down 50%

ISLE OF PALMS, SC. — Though futures markets already have priced in uncertainty tied to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, grain markets the world over will truly begin to feel the impact of supply deficits on the global wheat and corn balance sheets beginning in August and September.How a three-million-tonne global wheat supply deficit plays out is largely dependent on how the rest of the world treats Russia financially. But for corn, the principal uncertainties lie in Ukrainian farmers’ ability to procure enough diesel ...

ISLE OF PALMS, SC. — Though futures markets already have priced in uncertainty tied to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, grain markets the world over will truly begin to feel the impact of supply deficits on the global wheat and corn balance sheets beginning in August and September.

How a three-million-tonne global wheat supply deficit plays out is largely dependent on how the rest of the world treats Russia financially. But for corn, the principal uncertainties lie in Ukrainian farmers’ ability to procure enough diesel fuel, fertilizer and labor to seed the crop.

These global outlooks were the central focus of market research analyst Joe Lardy’s presentation earlier this month at the North American Millers’ Association 2022 Spring Conference. Mr. Lardy honed his expertise in the commodities over a 25-year career in grain, initially as a trader with Cargill, Minneapolis, and for the past eight years with CHS Hedging, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

“The way I look at markets, I’m up at the space station, looking at markets at a super-high level,” Mr. Lardy said. “Sometimes I feel like Tony Stark in ‘Iron Man’ with his giant movable touchscreen computer as I try to bring the perspective of what’s happening here and here and here and what’s interconnecting them.”

The spring session at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC, provided milling and non-milling members of NAMA background information and analysis on wheat, a commodity in which Russia and Ukraine provide 14% of global supply, and corn, production of which is important to Ukraine but negligible in Russia.

Ukraine, one of the biggest countries in Europe and the 45th largest in the world, features a land area roughly the size of the US Midwestern states stretching from Chicago to central Kansas to Nashville tup to northwestern Ohio. Half of that land is devoted to agricultural endeavors that employ about 15% of the population compared with 3% of the US population. Wheat is produced throughout Ukraine, but most production takes place in the eastern areas, currently a hot spot for fighting, Mr. Lardy said. That’s unfortunate for grain since the region is a key southerly logistical route for crops to ocean-going ports, which are closed indefinitely and will require extensive rebuilding.

“Even if a peace treaty was signed tomorrow, there’s infrastructure that has been damaged and going to need to be replaced,” Mr. Lardy said. “The longer the war goes on, certainly the more destruction takes place, but there’s still going to be this period after the fact that’s still going to take a lot of time to get resolved.”

The USDA has reduced production and export projections in Ukraine for the current marketing year but eliminated neither. That’s because Ukraine already shifted a significant portion of its wheat crop before Russia invaded, Mr. Lardy said. Whatever remains in storage has the advantage of most easily feeding the populace compared with corn, which feed animal in an intermediary step toward feeding people. As for new crop, Ukraine is a few months out from a winter wheat harvest and, under normal circumstances, their supplies would hit the market in July-September. This year, Ukraine likely won’t be able to sell or ship any wheat in that period.

“We can see this on paper now, but when are we really going to start to feel the impact of this?” Mr. Lardy asked. “When the boats aren’t there, when the product doesn’t arrive, when people reach for the panic button, that’s when we’re really going to start to feel the lack of those shipments really kicking in.”

On the other side of the territorial dispute sits Russia, which turned wheat into a front-and-center commodity over the past decade since the country was stung by depressed oil prices. Most Russian wheat is grown in its western region, adjacent to the conflict. As a major exporter of wheat, Russia now factors heavily into the “world grid” of supply, Mr. Lardy said, but the flow of wheat remains in a war-time haze for now. The USDA lowered Russian wheat export expectations by 3 million tonnes, to 32 million tonnes in February. To date, restrictions imposed on Russian exports by the United States and many other countries have yet to curtail their exports of food and fertilizer, he said.

“Is Russia going to be able to continue to export and have that system operate?” Mr. Lardy asked. “If they don’t, that changes the whole dynamic. And we’ve seen the futures market react, pricing in the uncertainty. But it has not priced in a calamity. The US futures market has suddenly become the international market for wheat prices. The Chicago Board of Trade represents 4% of the world’s wheat. But right now, it’s getting all the trade, it’s acting like it is the benchmark of world wheat prices. Rightfully, it probably should. There needs to be this risk premium in the market because if you take out one of the leading exporters in the world, where does that gap get filled?”

At least in part by Australia and India, Mr. Lardy said. In the case of the latter, India historically hasn’t exported much wheat. But its crop is considerable and the country is looking to significantly increase its presence in the world market, Mr. Lardy said. At the same time, China was expected to lift Russian import restrictions and provide a potential home for excess Russian capacity. If China takes in more Russian wheat, that leaves Australian wheat to go other places, he said.

But no matter how some wheat supplies find homes via atypical lanes and bring the market into relative equilibrium, the global wheat balance sheet is going to have some holes in it, he said. How the rest of the world treats Russia in terms of its financing is expected to dictate the path forward for the next crop year, Mr. Lardy said.

“The more severe the sanctions, the bigger the hole in the grid is going to be, and the bigger the hole, the firmer the price is going to be,” he said. “Every impact from this war is kicked down the road. The market has priced in the uncertainty. The 2022-23 crop is a calamity, and we don’t know how to price that yet. I don’t see markets going down until we see a signed peace treaty, and then I think we take a substantial chunk out of the wheat market the day that happens.”

So small is Russia’s corn production it doesn’t factor into the world grid, Mr. Lardy said. In Ukraine, unlike its wheat crop, corn grows largely in the northern and central regions that aren’t under Russian occupation and are outside the key fighting areas. Thus, the biggest unknowns as Mr. Lardy sees them are whether Ukrainian farmers can find enough supplies and labor to plant the crop in spring. Seventy per cent of Ukraine’s diesel fuel was supplied by Russia prior to the start of fighting, Mr. Lardy said. The availability of inputs such as fertilizer, also a major export from Russia, is in doubt, as is labor, though for far different reasons than in the United States.

“To me, the manpower aspect is a greater concern,” he said. “If you have able-bodied people, are they going to be planting crops or are they going to be fighting? What I think is going to happen, longer term, is that Ukraine is just going to be sitting on a stockpile of corn. So, whatever they can’t export, they’ll keep and as long as it doesn’t get destroyed, they’ll have it.

“Is their production going to be down this year? Absolutely. You can probably cut Ukrainian corn production in half this year. That’s a significant hit. However, they’re going to have a lot of stock left over. If this conflict doesn’t persist for years, when Ukraine comes back to the market, they should probably have a decent exportable surplus. The Ukraine problem isn’t a right-now problem, it’s a big-time next-year problem. Are they going to be able to harvest soon, and are they going to be able to get their corn crop in the ground?”

Another war-time impact to consider is sunflowers. Ukraine is the biggest global sunflower exporter in the world at 46% of the world market.

“They’re huge in sunflowers,” Mr. Lardy said. “Sometimes there are things we normally don’t hear about, see or talk a lot about, but that can have a major impact, especially if, as in this example, you’re impacted by sunflower oil and seeds. That could be a big loss for the world grid.”

Russia’s importance to crop inputs such as fertilizer — it provides 44% of the global supply of potash — and South America’s ability to source it for the upcoming crop will be an important factor to watch, Mr. Lardy told the NAMA millers. Potash and urea price spikes were noted as far back as July 2021, six months before the Ukraine conflict. Prices made a significant bump then and took off substantially when the conflict began.

“The Southern Hemisphere is going to start their growing season soon,” Mr. Lardy said. “July and August are the key import times for fertilizers into South America. In a couple months, we’re going to have a pretty good understanding of what South America’s going to be facing in terms of their fertilizer availabilities. What South America has to apply will be huge on what their yields are next year. The world grid needs South America to produce a good crop.”

And tight world corn supplies mean we can’t afford a corn crop failure here in the United States, either, Mr. Lardy said. US farmers balked at high fertilizer prices but purchased them anyway after weighing it against good margins and high futures prices on corn, he said.

“Our farmers and producers said prices are so high,” he said. “Well, we’ve got pretty expensive corn. It pencils. There was some griping, of course, but they’ve bought it and put it down. Our balance sheets are tight, but we’re setting up OK in terms of availability. We’ve got seed, we’ve got fuel, we just need Mother Nature to cooperate.”

Former IOP Mayor proposes making island independent republic

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A small group of current and former leaders on the Isle of Palms say they’re working on a plan to secede the city from South Carolina to form an Independent Republic. The group is hoping to bring attention to some residents and leader’s frustrations over beach parking using humor.The Palm Republic is an idea of former Mayor Jimmy Carroll. The idea is in response to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s beach parking authority and the department’s changes on the IOP...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A small group of current and former leaders on the Isle of Palms say they’re working on a plan to secede the city from South Carolina to form an Independent Republic. The group is hoping to bring attention to some residents and leader’s frustrations over beach parking using humor.

The Palm Republic is an idea of former Mayor Jimmy Carroll. The idea is in response to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s beach parking authority and the department’s changes on the IOP connector last year.

“When you have city leadership saying that we hate the rest of the state so much we’re going to secede and have our own little country here, that sort of ticks a lot of people off,” says South Carolina State Senator Larry Grooms who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee.

The idea for the Palm Republic is form of retaliation by the organizers against the restriping of the Isle of Palms Connector and Senate Bill S-40, known as the beach parking bill. The bill’s author, Senator Grooms says legislation was needed to keep local leadership from stepping out of line.

“The state had to come in and be almost a little bit heavy handed when leadership basically outlawed all public parking on the island,” says Senator Grooms.

Former Mayor Carroll told News 2 the idea was inspired by The Conch Republic, when Key West, Florida declared itself a Republic from Florida in 1982. He and current IOP City Councilman Blair Hahn are behind the effort believed to be half a joke and half an effort to bring attention to the city’s frustrations with the state’s changes to beach parking regulations.

Former State Attorney General Charlie Condon says the city could claim the state violated the Home Rule Act in court but says seceding from the state isn’t legally possible.

“You can’t secede, that’s going nowhere,” says Condon. “It’s not legal, it’s not possible under our system of laws but they do have access to the courts.”

Some residents I spoke with say they only recently learned of the proposal. Leadership for the proposed Republic were set to have a meeting Friday to outline the future of the Palm Republic, they’re expected to present plans soon. Senator Grooms believes the issue should be approached differently to find better solutions.

“Let fools continue to sing their songs and just try to ignore them and do what’s best for all concerned,” says Senator Grooms.

Current Mayor Phillip Pounds sent News 2 a statement that reads quote, “The City of Isle of Palms is in no way involved with the Palm Republic. Our Council and I continue to be focused on collaborative relationships and seeking solutions that benefit residents and visitors.”

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