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California’s Record Heat Struck Wine Regions at Harvest Time

The record head that baked Northern California over the Labor Day weekend left wine grapes shriveling on the vines, reducing many of them to raisins before the normal harvest and turning what was looking to be a promising vintage into …

Herbicide Drift Destroying Crops in South Dakota, Farmers Say

South Dakota farmers are reporting crops devastated by herbicide drift. The Argus Leader reports that farmers believe the herbicide to be dicamba, which is used for weed control. Three dicamba products are registered for use on dicamba-tolerant soybean plants in …

QBE H1 Profits Rise 73% on Australia/N. Zealand Rate Hikes, N. America Growth

QBE reported a healthy profit hike during first half of 2017, despite heightened claims activity in its Emerging Markets’ division, which reported a combined ratio of 110.8 percent. This poor performance has led to the creation of two separate divisions …

Arkansas Farmers Still Optimistic Despite Ravaging from Floods

While spring floods left many rice farmers with fewer acres of rice than they originally planned, they’re hopeful a rising market can offset at least some of the lost acreage. “We had 1,400 acres, and we were able to salvage …

Crop Damage from Herbicide Dicamba a Growing Problem Across U.S. Farm Belt

Larry Martin in Illinois says he’s never seen anything like it in his 35 years of farming. Arkansas soybean grower Joe McLemore says he faces the loss of his life savings. They’re among farmers across the U.S. suffering from a …

Midwest Crops Stressed by Worsening Drought Conditions

Drought conditions are getting worse in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor recently released by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln …

High Plains Drought the Worst Some Farmers Have Ever Seen

Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle. Some longtime farmers and ranchers say it’s the worst conditions they’ve …

Texas Peach Crops Affected by Mild Winter

Experts say the mild Texas winter hampered this year’s peach crop in parts of the state. The North Texas harvest appears to be bountiful, but growers in some other areas of the state faced challenges, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. …

Louisiana Farmers Could be Helped by $10M Program for Flood Recovery

Farmers and ranchers in 51 Louisiana parishes could be eligible for grants from a $10 million program aimed to help with recovery from last year’s flooding. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain’s office says the grants come from federal flood recovery dollars …

More New York Malt Barley Farmers Eligible for Crop Insurance

Malt barley farmers in 44 upstate New York counties are now eligible for crop insurance from the federal government. Malt barley is a necessary ingredient in beer and spirits, and the lack of crop insurance had hindered expansion of the …