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Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Seek Drought Loss Relief from USDA

Oklahoma wheat farmers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement now a policy that’s scheduled to start in 2016 that farmers say would help ease the financial pain of ongoing drought. The policy is part of the 2014 Farm …

HCC Insurance Eyes Crop Insurance with Acquisition of Producers Ag

HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. said has agreed to acquire Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. (ProAg) from CUNA Mutual Group in an all-cash purchase of ProAg’s capital stock for $110 million. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected …

New Mexico’s Green Chile Crop Endangered by Weather

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico’s green chile crop in danger. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported  that a hail storm last week was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in …

Montana Crops Besieged by Floodwaters

The round hay bales in the Saco flats have turned dark with mud and mildew. The high-water mark rises halfway up these slumping, soggy bales – thousands of which dot the fields along U.S. Highway 12 – bearing the ruin …

North Dakota Farmers Filing Insurance Claims for Wheat Crop

Crop insurance agents in North Dakota say they have begun receiving claims and expect more than the usual number to come in because a lot of wheat still unharvested. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a snowy April and wet May …

Barley Crops In Montana, Idaho Rain Damaged

That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015. Heavy late-August rains have damaged crops in the nation’s largest malt-barley producing states, Montana and …

Researchers Developing Tool to Help Oklahoma Farmers Predict Drought

Weather researchers are developing a new tool they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the U.S. …

$35M in Crops Lost to Flooding in Arkansas, Study Says

A University of Arkansas study finds flooding that began in late June will lead to millions of dollars in lost crop value for Arkansas farmers. Farmers in 10 Arkansas counties are expected to lose more than $35 million in crop …

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 …