Floods, drought, fires, pest damage, or disease can decimate a season’s profits. A single drone flight can provide rapid, easy, and accurate assessment for insurance adjustment procedures and compensation. Crop damage assessments and adjustments have traditionally been difficult to make and are therefore often inaccurate.
A new virus is threatening Alabama’s cotton crop. Many of the state’s cotton farmers are monitoring their fields more closely after agriculture officials issued warnings about the disease. The cotton leafroll dwarf virus has no known cure. The disease is in other southeastern states, and it has reduced cotton yields — measured in bales — by the tens of thousands.
As of this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture had paid $184 million on nearly 2 million acres of unplanted land, with the money coming from federally subsidized crop insurance, which covers "prevented planting," when a farmer is unable to plant due to weather or other events out of their control.
Less than 3% of U.S. organic field crop acres were located in areas affected by this spring's most significant flooding, Mercaris said in its newly released “Spring Planting Special Report.” The report focuses specifically on organic agriculture and details how organic field crop acreage has been affected by unprecedented cold and wet springtime weather this year, limiting farm management options.
Ohio farmers have a majority of their crops planted following a record rainfall in the state, but now they must wait and see what yields they will produce. Early farmer surveys show more than half of all corn and soybeans planted by Ohio farmers is expected to have some yield loss after record delays in planting, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
At this time of year, a band of deep Kelly green should spread from Ohio to North Dakota as corn and soybeans race to pack on size before they pollinate and bear fruit. But 2019’s unprecedented rains have uprooted the typical course of events. Some crops are waterlogged and stunted. Others won’t be planted at all.
Livestock can be hit and killed directly by the lightning bolt, by the electricity traveling through the ground around the strike, by electricity jumping from a tall pole or tree to the cattle underneath/nearby, or by electricity traveling through a fence line or corral and reaching the animals. One lightning bolt can kill multiple cattle depending on their proximity.
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