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Crews Vacuum ‘Murder Hornets’ Out of Washington Nest

BLAINE, Wash. — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie …

Floods, Drought Are Destroying Crops and Sparking Food Inflation

Wild weather is wreaking havoc on crops around the world, sending their prices skyrocketing. On wheat farms in the U.S. and Russia, it’s a drought that’s ruining harvests. The soybean fields of Brazil are bone dry too, touched by little …

France Clamps Down on Use of Weedkiller Glyphosate in Farming

PARIS — France’s health and environment agency announced restrictions on weedkiller glyphosate in farming, but stopped short of a full ban in the European Union’s top agricultural producer due to a lack of non-chemical alternatives in some areas. The new …

Search Underway for Murder Hornets Nest in Washington State

SPOKANE, Wash. — Agricultural officials in Washington state said Friday they are trying to find and destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets — also known as murder hornets — amid concerns they could kill honey bees crucial for pollinating …

Drought and Rain Are Reshaping Global Grain Trade Routes

The global wheat trade is being shaken up again after extreme weather hurt crops in the European Union while harvests are booming elsewhere. Fresh from leapfrogging Russia as the top exporter, the EU will drop to third place this season …

Hundreds of Barges Stalled as Floods Hinder Midwest Supplies

Hundreds of barges are stalled on the Mississippi River, clogging the main circulatory system for a farm-belt economy battered by a relentless, record-setting string of snow, rainstorms and flooding. Railways and highways have been closed as well, keeping needed supplies …

Weather Chaos Expected to Leave Record U.S. Corn Acres Unplanted

For months, traders debated which crops U.S. farmers would sow this year. That discussion is now turning to how many acres may be left unplanted as relentless rainfall sweeps the Midwest. Rabobank is predicting an unprecedented number of unplanted acres …

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. …

Up to Their Waists in Water, U.S. Farmers Face Crucial Decisions

For American farmers already struggling to navigate the U.S.-China trade war, optimism for the spring planting season is washing away. Floods from the Mississippi Delta to the Dakotas have inundated roads and submerged fields just as Midwestern farmers should be …

Some U.S. Crops Get Welcome Drink Amid Devastating Drought

Rain will fall early this week in the northern U.S. Midwest, with from 1 to 2 inches expected across a broad parched swath of corn and soybean land roughly north of Interstate 80, an agricultural meteorologist predicted Monday. “It’s good …