America's corn, soy and wheat farmers are having a terrible year. Heavy rains and floods across the growing regions have destroyed crops, and farmers have missed planting windows. Last year's wet summer and snowy winter, along with this year's delayed spring and heavy rains, have ruined business for American grain farmers.
More and more it appears that tall, healthy corn won’t be part of the rural landscape here and in many parts of the continental United States this summer. Instead that familiar image of America’s idyllic countryside will give way to one of barren fields and overgrown weeds. That’s the sad assessment of some area farmers and agricultural experts who see no way out of a looming national crisis brought on by this year’s relentless spring rain.
Floods in the central regions of Serbia led to huge losses for farmers growing vegetables, fruits and berries. Due to bad weather, the supply of products has drastically reduced, and statements about the risk of losing 80% of the raspberry harvest, which initially was considered overstated, no longer seem too unrealistic.
Pre-monsoon showers and thunderstorm lashed several areas of Kalahandi and Sambalpur on Tuesday evening causing heavy damage to paddy crops and houses in the region. Sources said, heavy rain accompanied by gusty wind destroyed standing paddy crops and also washed away harvested crops of people in many areas of Kalahandi.
At a time of year when Prince Edward Island farmers would normally be flat-out busy, most of their equipment is sitting idle as they wait for a break in the weather. Harris Callaghan, a potato grower from Miminegash, estimated spring planting in western P.E.I. is already at least a week behind schedule, and if the weather doesn’t soon turn, they’ll be two weeks behind.
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