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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 …

Agriculture Economists Help Mississippi Farmers Select Crop Insurance

Mississippi growers at some point this fall will have to make a momentous, one-time decision on how best to insure their livelihood over the next five years. In arriving at that decision, they will depend in large part on agricultural …

XL Acquires Global Ag Insurance to Expand Crop Coverage

XL Reinsurance America Inc., a subsidiary of XL Group Plc, the insurer led by Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick, has acquired Global Ag Insurance Services LLC to add sales of coverage to farmers in the U.S. West. Global Ag provides …

XL Group Acquires Global Ag Insurance in Western U.S.

XL Reinsurance America Inc., a subsidiary of XL Group plc, has acquired Global Ag Insurance Services, a crop insurance provider based in the Western United States. The two companies initially partnered in 2011 to deliver crop insurance solutions to western …

California Almond Farmers Face Tough Choices Amid Drought

With California’s agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields. In the California’s Central Valley, …