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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 …

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 …

Highly Contagious Citrus Disease Spreads to Alabama

A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama. Federal and state plant officials confirm that citrus greening was found in leaf and insect samples at a home …

Late Planting, August Floods Hurt Louisiana Sweet Potato Crop

The LSU AgCenter says late planting and August floods hurt Louisiana’s sweet potato harvest, cutting the yield from 450 bushels an acre in 2015 to 290 bushels per acre last year. Extension Associate Myrl Systrunk told the Louisiana Sweet Potato …

Lower Cotton, Sweet Potato Yields Attributed to Louisiana Rains

Louisiana’s cotton and sweet potato harvests have been negatively affected by the flooding rains in August, state agricultural specialists say. Based on reports, Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist, said in a news release the rains had a significant impact …

Hurricane Matthew Devastates Georgia Pecan, Cotton Crops

Georgia’s top agriculture official says Hurricane Matthew hit the state’s pecan and cotton farmers hard. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says he toured farms in three counties this week following the storm that raked Georgia’s coast last weekend. Black …

More Than 1K Bee Hives Stolen From Florida Bee Farmers

Southwest Florida bee farmers are having a difficult summer because thieves have been stealing their hives, lots of them, to the tune of $150,000 or more. So far, none of the hundreds of stolen hives have been recovered, law enforcement …

Wet Spring Hurts Kentucky Corn, Soybean Farmers

This year’s wet spring season is causing problems for farmers in western Kentucky who are trying to get corn and soybeans planted. The farmers said they have been hurt by the recent series of thunderstorms and torrential rains that have …

Georgia Crops Threatened by Warm Winter Weather

Georgia farmers have endured a winter that wouldn’t start and rains that wouldn’t quit. The state’s pecan, peach and blueberry crops have been threatened by too many warm days and too much water, growers across Georgia said recently. The final …

Flooding, Rain Problematic for Ohio Corn Growers

Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. Flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist said in a …