During the next few weeks, many farm operators will be finalizing their crop insurance decisions for this crop year. Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE) policies, as well as other group insurance policy options.
When a winter storm brought snow and gale-force winds Saturday to the Lower Yakima Valley, dairy farmers hurried to save as many of their cows as possible. Farmers worked around the clock to ensure that the milk cows were able to find windbreaks to shelter in, as well as food and water to keep up their body heat.
A series of storms in recent weeks has slowed California strawberry production, tightening supplies during a key marketing period and strengthening market prices. Ventura County produces the bulk of the state's strawberries this time of year, but a wetter winter so far has reduced the amount of marketable fruit coming from the Oxnard district.
Finally, the long-awaited relief money to help Florida's citrus growers recover from Hurricane Irma is coming available. At a Florida Senate appropriations committee meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6, Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said before he took charge of the division last month only $3 million had been awarded from a $343 million federal block grant for the citrus industry.
Farmers are still monitoring the impact of Hurricane Michael on their livestock. There have been reports of unexpected animal deaths in areas impacted by the storm - including southeast Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A post on Facebook from a farm in Georgia raising questions about the deaths of animals has been shared over 4,000 times and has over 900 comments with farmers sharing their stories.
Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county area suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry in the October storm.
As area farmers make plans to attend the annual Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show on Thursday, losses from last season are fresh on their minds. Ken Barton, executive director of the Florida Peanut Producers Association, said farmers are in recovery mode from the damage caused by Hurricane Michael and a tremendous amount of rain.
Powerful cyclone with strong frosts and winds covered the territory of the United States from North and South Dakota to Maine. In Minnesota, the temperature broke the record 1800 and dropped below 50C. In Chicago the night temperature fell to -27C, which was at least since 1985. On Wednesday at the wheat site in the USA was influenced by the failure of the tender in Egypt.
A winegrape-growing region wracked by wildfires wants to learn more about the impact smoke has on grapes, while growers look to crop insurance and disaster relief to offset some of their losses. After the Mendocino Complex fire burned more than 459,000 acres of land in Lake and Mendocino counties last year, Lake County growers suffered an estimated $37.1 million in losses from smoke damage, according to a survey by the Lake County Winegrape Commission.
Rodney Helton stood in a cotton field in Atmore, Ala., just over the Florida state line, with puddles of wet, mushy soil and water gathering over his dirty boots. He reached out and plucked a sopping wet cotton boll off of a brown, rotting stem and held it between his fingers, shaking his head. “See this?” he said, peeling the wet cotton apart like an orange. “That’s not how it’s supposed to be. It’s supposed to be fluffy, it’s cotton. That’s no good. No good.”
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