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Hot Weather Takes Toll On Washington Wheat Crop

Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in Eastern Washington. Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family’s 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30 to 50 percent less …

Crop Damage Assessment Underway in Hawaii

Farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii are assessing damage to crops after Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall last weekend. “It was pretty clear to us that the papaya farmers took the highest amount of damage,” Richard Ha, president of …

Idaho Farmers Feeling Effect of Russian Ban on Ag Imports

Idaho farmers may feel a small sting from the new Russian ban on food and agricultural imports from the West. Russia was the 14th largest export market for Idaho agriculture as of last year, according to the Idaho Department of …

Wheat Harvest Down, Kansas Farmers See Income Decline in 2014

One of the worst wheat harvests in decades followed by an abundant corn and soybean crop that’s driving down prices have Kansas farmers preparing for a sharp income decline after several good years. The agricultural sector contributed nearly one-third of …

Hailstorm Damages Crops in Northeastern Wisconsin

A severe hailstorm caused significant damage to crops in northeastern Wisconsin, farmers and researchers said. Matt Stasiak, an agricultural researcher, tells the Door County Advocate the hail crushed cherry trees, grapevines, winter wheat, corn and other crops in Sevastopol on …

Crops Flattened, Windows Shattered in Nebraska Hailstorm

Calls have gone out to glass and siding companies and insurance agents after a barrage of hail left a trail of broken windows, damaged houses and ravaged farm fields in parts of western and central Nebraska. Hailstones as big as …

Flood Losses Loom for Some South Dakota Farmers

Soybean and corn crops are progressing well in South Dakota, agriculture officials said, though farmers in the eastern part of the state could suffer some losses after heavy rains flooded portions of many fields. Gregg Ulrickson, owner of Crop Insurance …

Model Promises to Help Growers Mitigate Costly Droughts

Researchers at the University of Florida say they have created a model that may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year. Put simply, if growers know when …

Senator Wants Feds to Help North Dakota Corn Growers

North Dakota corn farmers are having a tough time getting their crop in the ground because of a wet spring, and U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is asking the federal government to help them out. The Democratic senator is calling on …

March Freeze Could Mean $27M in South Carolina Peach Losses

Officials said the late March freeze that killed roughly 30 percent of this year’s South Carolina peach crop will cause statewide losses of at least $27 million. During a stop at the headquarters of the J.W. Yonce & Sons peach-growing …