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Sheriff: Michigan crop heists are a 'major league operation'

Oct. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A "well-organized machine" of thieves appears to be behind the theft of tons of apples and pumpkins from orchards and farms in Michigan and Indiana, according to authorities. An estimated 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of apples were discovered missing Oct. 10 from Spicer Orchards in Fenton,...

Kansas farmers make progress planting next year's wheat crop

Oct. 21, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government snapshot shows Kansas growers making progress planting next year's winter wheat and harvesting fall crops. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that winter wheat planting was 77% complete, near the five-year average for this time of year in Kansas....

Researchers: It's possible to extend the strawberry season

Oct. 21, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — University of New Hampshire researchers have shown it's possible to grow strawberries in the state from early summer through late fall. The New Hampshire Agriculture Experiment Station researchers said Monday that the key is growing specific varieties of fruit in specific conditions....

An Ithica cider mill becoming a hidden gem in the area

Oct. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Motorists exiting U.S. 127 in Ithaca might whiz right by a unique hidden gem tucked in behind two other East Center Street businesses just off the expressway. The Apple Barrel Cider Mill, owned by Chris and Marla Buerge, offers a variety of fresh fruits, homemade bakery treats,...

Some Indiana farmers uncertain hemp will become profitable

Oct. 19, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — Some Indiana farmers have started harvesting their first legal crop of hemp without knowing for certain whether it will prove to be lucrative. President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill in December , legalizing hemp. Since then, Indiana farmers have taken out permits to grow...

Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores

Oct. 19, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song. It's a new variety of apple, coming to a grocery store near you Dec. 1 Cosmic Crisp is the first apple ever bred in Washington state, which grows the majority of the United States'...

Living on dairy farm helped 'Walking Dead' creator get gory

Oct. 19, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is known for lots of cool stuff. Bourbon, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, bluegrass, the Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali and zombies. That's right, zombies. And not to incite an apocalypse, but even if you don't care a lick about comic books or the "undead,"...

Tips for Nebraska motorists to avoid deer collisions

Oct. 19, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska game and wildlife officials are offering tips to motorists to avoid collisions with deer this fall. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says deer are more active now as crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing. The agency suggests motorists try to...

Gleaners get the last apples of the year for those in need

Oct. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BOONES MILL, Va. (AP) — Technically, the orchard on Apple Road nestled in the mountains already has harvested for the year. To some, it might look picked over. But not to a group of gleaners. "Good golly," said Sarah Ramey, taking in all the apples on the ground and in the trees that for whatever reason...

The coolest Saints fans keep the faith in Anchorage, Alaska

Oct. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The borders of the Who Dat Nation extend far beyond the top row of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, far beyond Sulphur and Bastrop and Bogalusa, and far beyond the Lower 48 for that matter. In fact, there's a colony of Who Dats in Anchorage, Alaska — 4,344 miles from Poydras...