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New law: Farmers, ranchers have immunity in fire fights

Jun. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A law passed by the Oregon Legislature gives farmers and ranchers immunity from liability while fighting dangerous wildfires, such as the one that chewed through acres of wheat fields and grasslands last year, a newspaper reported Friday. The law is similar to one that prevents...

Heavy May rain and flooding delaying Kansas wheat harvest

Jun. 21, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — This spring's heavy rain and flooding has sharply delayed Kansas' wheat harvest, which is usually in full swing by mid-June. The wheat harvest generally starts between early and mid-June and wraps up by mid-July. But the Kansas Wheat Commission says only 1% of the state's wheat crop...

Report: Forecast more optimistic for Kansas wheat harvest

Jun. 11, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report forecasts an even more bountiful winter wheat harvest in Kansas than had been expected. The National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday said the state's crop this year is forecast at 330 million bushels, up 19% from last year. The more optimistic...

North Dakota farmers wrapping up spring wheat planting

Jun. 10, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota farmers have nearly completed planting their spring wheat crop. According to the weekly federal crop report, 98 percent of North Dakota's spring wheat was planted as of Sunday. That's near last year's 99 percent and equal to the five-year average. Spring wheat is 86 percent...

Crop fires, a weapon of war, ruin Iraqi, Syrian harvests

May. 30, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — It was looking to be a good year for farmers across parts of Syria and Iraq. The wettest in generations, it brought rich, golden fields of wheat and barley, giving farmers in this war-torn region reason to rejoice. But good news is short-lived in this part of the world, where residents...

Oklahoma's canola and wheat crops hindered by severe weather

May. 28, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's canola and wheat harvests could be smaller and come later than expected due to recent severe weather, agriculture officials said. Josh Lofton, the state's agriculture secretary and Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, said that growers will need...

Spring wheat planting nears halfway point in South Dakota

May. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Planting of spring wheat in South Dakota is nearing the halfway point, and planting of corn is getting underway. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 46% of the spring wheat crop is seeded, along with 37% of oats. Corn planting is 4% done. Seeding of all...

Planting of crops in North Dakota still behind average pace

May. 15, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Slightly more than one-third of North Dakota's staple spring wheat crop is in the ground, but the pace of planting still lags well behind average. The Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says nearly two-thirds of the crop should be seeded by now. Planting of almost all crops...

Winter wheat crop expected to rise 15 percent from last year

May. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture officials say North Dakota's 2019 winter wheat crop is forecast to be up 15 percent from last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its crop production report that 3.45 million bushels of winter wheat should be produced this year, based upon May 1...

Winter wheat crop expected to rise 23 percent from last year

May. 11, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Agriculture officials say South Dakota's 2019 winter wheat crop is forecast to be up 23 percent from last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says in its crop production report that 38.9 million bushels of winter wheat should be produced this year, based upon May 1...