Farmers who have been unable to plant their soybeans and corn because of this spring’s never-ending rains told Ohio’s governor that it will take years to recover their losses. They also said the impact will be felt throughout the agriculture industry and could result in higher prices in stores. Dairy operations, fertilizer dealers and farm equipment sellers will feel the squeeze too.
The increased variability of weather patterns and the frequency and severity of severe weather events will have a significant effect on agricultural crop production. The impact of climate change will have a corresponding effect on the multi-peril crop insurance industry, including increased payouts due to decreased crop yields, droughts, floods, temperature changes, pests, and weeds.
A crop insurance company has agreed to pay a southwestern Idaho farming family $3.48 million following a lawsuit. The Idaho Statesman reports in a story on Tuesday that the Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho agreed to pay Nate and Kristin Pancheri for damage to their 2016 alfalfa seed crop.
Wet weather has local farmers struggling to plant their crops. They say it's making the shortage of livestock feed even worse. Now, some dairy farmers are asking the USDA for more flexibility when it comes to federal crop insurance. Dairy groups and farmers say it hasn't been a good start to 2019 and the fear of the unknown is unsettling.
The frequent and torrential rain has flooded cities and small towns across Northeastern Ohio. For those who live off the land, flooded fields have brought significant losses in product and revenue, potentially driving up grocery prices later in the season. With a scruffy beard and muddy work boots, Charles Kettering gazed over his hundreds of rolling acres near Ashland on Monday afternoon.
Among some California farmers, the heavy rain was anything but welcome. The wet weather damaged blueberries and stone fruit and delayed harvesting of some naval orange varieties. But for cherry farmers, the May weather was particularly unwelcome, as ahead of it they believed they were heading into a great 2019 harvest season.
The condition of the cotton crop here in the Panhandle is devastating according to farmers across the region. Rainfall followed by cooler weather in the month of May caused damage to many cotton plants in their earliest stage. It’s very fragile during that point and time. Cotton needs heat and warm soil temperatures to produce good root establishment for the plants.
Amid the hot weather baking much of California this week, the spate of rain and hail that hit the state last month may have faded from memory—but not for farmers who continue to tally damage from the spring storms. Farmers, pest control advisers and agricultural commissioners report damage to crops including onions, tomatoes, cherries and cotton, either directly from hail or as a result of diseases brought by wet weather at an inopportune time.
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