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22 08
2017
USA - Marshall defends crop insurance as farm bill progresses
Roger Marshall stopped by southwest Kansas today to hear what farmers and ranchers have to say about the farm bill, which is being drafted in DC. Congressman Marshall says the Department of Agriculture is looking at a 3 percent cut, but there’s one area he won’t touch. “First and foremost is crop insurance is working well,” said Marshall. “Crop insurance costs Americans about $35 per person.” The voters agree, saying crop insurance benefits more than just farmers.
22 08
2017
USA - Kansas farmers lose $76.8M to wheat streak mosaic virus
Kansas farmers are being asked to remove volunteer wheat from their fields by late August in an effort to reduce the carrier of wheat streak mosaic virus. In early August, the Kansas Wheat Commission reported that wheat streak mosaic virus caused a conservative $76.8 million in direct losses to Kansas wheat farmers. That amounts to 19.2 million bushels of wheat, and a 5.7 percent yield loss — well above the average 1.5 percent yield loss.
22 08
2017
Germany - Frost decimated apple harvest
Frost during blossoming and other weather events have taken their toll on European apple trees: The harvest is going to be significantly lower than it used to be. The region around the lower Elbe, the largest continuous fruit cultivation area of Nothern Europe, got off comparatively lightly. According to reports of the Landvolk press service, producers are estimating the yields to be one third lower than they were last year, reaching around 200,000 tons.
22 08
2017
USA - Dicamba victims eye ongoing damage
Farmers, agronomists and insurers in the region continue to wade through the troubled waters of soybean damage attributed to off-target drift damage from the herbicide dicamba. In 2017 major manufacturers commercialized new formulations of herbicides that only go with soybean varieties that were genetically-modified to be resistant to it.
22 08
2017
India - August rains revive kharif sowing in parched Karnataka
More than ‘normal’ rainfall in the last three weeks in 11 districts of south-interior Karnataka, which received scanty rains in the first two months of monsoon season (June-July), has helped revive kharif sowing activities to a large extent. According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the quantum of rainfall in August so far in these districts, including Mandya, Mysuru, Chitradurga and Bengaluru, has been 95 mm, which is 70% more than the ‘normal’ benchmark of the long period average (LPA) of around 55 mm.
22 08
2017
USA - Drones to be "the next best thing" for Louisiana farmers
Drones aren't just the cool new toy for kids, they are now also being used by farmers. It's an eye in the sky and some of the latest in farming technology. The LSU Ag Center has been researching how drones are revolutionizing the agriculture industry, especially in rice crops. "It will take consulting and scouting fields to the next level," said Jimmy Flanagan, the St. Mary parish county agent with the Ag Center.