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Rain Leaves Veggie Farmers Struggling with No Aid in Sight

DES MOINES, Iowa — Like farmers throughout the Midwest, this spring’s torrential rains turned Andrew Dunham’s land into sticky muck that set him back nearly a month in planting his crops. Unlike other farmers, though, Dunham won’t get a piece …

Crop Markets Gripped by Bulls as Deluge Spurs Planting Chaos

Corn futures in Chicago are heading for the biggest three-day advance in nearly seven years as heavy rains and flooding roil American plantings, while worries are also mounting that some soybeans won’t get sown. U.S. farmers, which grow a third …

Unending Midwest Rains Add to Wettest 12 Months Ever in U.S.

The rain across the Midwest and Great Plains that’s closed refineries, flooded streets and snarled Mississippi River traffic shows no sign of abating, adding to the U.S.’s wettest 12-month stretch on record. Heavy showers will fall from Texas to the …

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 …

Storm-and-Twister Threat Moves Into Arkansas-Missouri Farm Belt

The heavy rain, high winds and hail that swept across the southern Great Plains is now headed to Arkansas and Missouri, where farmers are already struggling to get crops in the ground in a brutally wet spring. The massive outbreak …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Forecasters Issue Fire, Crop Damage Warnings Across U.S. High Plains

The amount of moisture received across the United States’ southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned Friday that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to …

Wineries Work to Make up Losses After California Wildfires

A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose …