Farmers are assessing their fields 18 days after the devastating derecho in Iowa. On top of that 96% of the state is experiencing drought conditions. The USDA says 14 million acres of crop were affected by the derecho in total. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the number of severely damaged crop is around four million acres of corn and two and a half million acres of soybean.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Tropical Storms Marco and Hurricane Laura that the USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices stand ready to help.
Iowa secretary of agriculture Mike Naig, along with several other state and national leaders, has been touring damage in Iowa after a derecho brought devastating high winds through the region. “Millions of acres of corn around the state were impacted by last week’s storm. The severity of the damage varies by field, but some acres are a total loss and it will not be feasible for farmers to harvest them,” reports Naig.
The nearly $4 billion hit to Iowa from last week's ferocious derecho is expected to grow as residents continue to assess the destruction to homes, farms, businesses, livestock and crops, experts say. About $3.8 billion of the damage outlined in Gov. Kim Reynold's disaster declaration request to President Donald Trump is to agriculture: a combined 6.1 million acres of corn and soybeans that were mowed down by winds exceeding 100 mph.
A growing season that began with searing drought had farmers worrying about adequate irrigation. It’s ending on quite another note. Too much wind and water delivered to the Rio Grande Valley by Hurricane Hanna has led to disastrous consequences for cotton and citrus crops. “It’s not good, specifically for the cotton crop,” said Mario Ponce, AgriLife extension agent for Cameron County.
Economic and insured loss totals from the impact of Hurricane Isaias are each individually expected to surpass the $1 billion threshold, according to analysts at Aon. Isaias swept across the Caribbean over July 28th to August 1st with notable impacts in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.
Cotton producers in the Rio Grande Valley took a devastating hit from Hurricane Hanna, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Other row crops like corn and sorghum were harvested before the storm arrived, but some alternative crops like sesame and citrus experienced damages as well.
Farmers and ranchers breathed a sign of relief after Hurricane Hanna's storm surges brutalized other areas of the Coastal Bend. Fortunately, several local farmers tell, they took a hit, but didn’t see devastating damages to their crops. Late July and early August is when farmers such as Ray Patrick begin to harvest their cotton crops.
Rezaul Islam wades through waist-high water, a sack of rice on his head salvaged from what remains of his home, a week after a cyclone savaged Bangladesh and eastern India. The strongest storm to hit the area this century killed more than 100 people, flattening entire villages, uprooting trees and ruined fish ponds in the Indian state of West Bengal, and south-west Bangladesh.
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