agriculture News

Dorian Sets Course Toward Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen, potentially approaching hurricane status by the time it gets to Puerto Rico Wednesday, but it won’t pack the same punch as other storms in recent years. Dorian was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) …

Edison to Face First Trial Over Woolsey Wildfire Claim in April

The first trial to determine if Edison International’s Southern California utility is liable for damages from the Woolsey wildfire that tore through Malibu last year will begin on April 27, a judge said. California Superior Court Judge William Highberger set …

Farm Deluge Starts to Seep Into America’s Fragile Rural Economy

From 100 feet up in the air, Indiana crop duster Robert Sneberger gets a better view than most of how cornfields are faring. This season, the picture is bleak. Instead of the stretching green stalks he normally sees at this …

Incessant Rain Puts U.S. Farmers on Insurance-Deadline Watch

Kansas farmer Mark Nelson had until Saturday to plant his corn or lose the insurance that protects him from a drop in prices or yield. Instead, he’s hopping on a plane to visit his father in Chicago. Nelson is now …

Jet Stream Detour Leaves Midwest Farmers Drenched, Canadians Dried Out

North American farmers are stuck between a flood and a dry spot, and there is little immediate help ahead. Two high-pressure ridges have trapped the jet stream between them, forcing it into an unusually stagnant S-path in which it gathers …

More Storms in U.S. Midwest Where Planting Is Already Behind

Any hopes of getting corn and soybean planting back on track in the U.S. may be washed away starting Friday as a pair of storms threaten to deliver a “one-two punch” of soaking rain and tornadoes across the Great Plains …

Floods Stall Fertilizer Shipments in Latest Blow to U.S. Farmers

CHICAGO — Farm supplier CHS Inc has dozens of loaded barges trapped on the flood-swollen Mississippi River near St. Louis – about 500 miles from the company’s two Minnesota distribution hubs. The barges can’t move — or get crucial nutrients …

Wave of New Tech Firms Targeting Farms as Weather Wars Mount

When surprise hailstorms hit the 6,000 acres Trevor Scherman plants each year with peas, wheat, canola and lentils, his first move isn’t to his truck to assess the damage. These days, it’s to his iPad. Nine mini-weather stations from the …

U.S. Disaster Aid Won’t Cover Crops Drowned by Midwest Floods

MALVERN, Iowa — The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water. …

More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

CHICAGO/COLUMBUS, Neb. — At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland were flooded after the “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by Gro Intelligence for Reuters showed. …