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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 …

Iowa’s Post-storm Harvest Yields Debris with Crops

Harvest is a nerve-wracking ordeal for Tama County farmers. Operating a combine in cornfields this fall is a lot like driving in a blizzard. Farmers are on the edge of their seat, hands tightly clenched around the steering wheel and …

Drought, Flooding Cause Hard Times for Farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana

In a year when severe drought scorched the Southwest, a hurricane drowned crops in the East, and river flooding swamped farms in the Midwest, one of the worst places to be a farmer may be just west of the Mississippi …

Heavy Rain Not Enough to Break Oklahoma Drought

The heavy rain that fell this weekend on parts of western and central Oklahoma offered some hope for farmers and ranchers who were just beginning to plant their winter wheat crop. It wasn’t enough to end the drought in those …

5 Tenn. Counties Designated as Agriculture Disaster

Gov. Bill Haslam says U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated 15 counties a natural disaster for agriculture as a result of storms and flooding in April and May. Counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Dyer, Giles, …