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'Flash drought' brings dust and dread to Southern farmers

Oct. 10, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought...

Potato, onion, sweet corn farmers rush amid early freeze

Oct. 10, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An early deep freeze has Idaho potato and onion farmers rushing to harvest crops or hoping the buried vegetables will survive the frozen nights this week. Travis Blacker with the Idaho Potato Commission says an estimated 15% to 20% of Idaho's potato crop remained in the ground...

140-year-old family farm in Utah staying close to its roots

Oct. 4, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

PAYSON, Utah (AP) — It's a cool, fall afternoon, and 87-year-old Payson resident, Ron Jensen, sits at his kitchen table inside a nearly 50-year-old home he designed and built himself. His wife of 60 years, Gerry Jensen, sits at the kitchen counter and looks on as her husband talks about their family's life...

Trump administration says plan would restore ethanol demand

Oct. 4, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Trump administration announced Friday it plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, reversing a decline caused by exemptions given to oil refineries. The proposal follows months of complaints by Midwest farmers, politicians and the ethanol industry that...

Most of Mississippi corn crop in fair to good condition

Sep. 30, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Agriculture experts say most of this year's corn crop in Mississippi is in fair to good condition. The Mississippi State University Extension Service says in a news release that the state's farmers planted 35% more acres in corn this year compared to 2018. Corn planting was delayed...

In northern Alabama, farmers stalk solid corn yields

Sep. 29, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Corn farmers in northern Alabama are seeing some good yields in this year's harvest, agriculture experts said. Yields will depend on where the cornfields are located, according to Extension Service coordinators in Colbert and Lauderdale counties. Farmers have been out in the fields...

Family's Indian corn keeps an ear toward history

Sep. 27, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

HUFF, N.D. (AP) — Mary Graner bent down a barbed-wire fence and waded into 10-foot stalks in her family's cornfield. The Huff-area farmer and rancher reached up to pick an ear of flint corn, commonly called Indian corn, bringing it down to shuck its husks and see the kernels' colors. Not quite ready. "We...

Jurors convict Iowa farmer in corn rake killing of wife

Sep. 23, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A jury Monday convicted an eastern Iowa hog farmer of using a corn rake to kill his wife, agreeing with prosecutors who argued he was enraged that she was having an affair. Jurors found Todd M. Mullis, 43, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Amy Mullis, according to the...

Man accused in corn rake killing testifies: I didn't do it

Sep. 20, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa hog farmer accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife says he didn't do it and doesn't know who did. The Telegraph Herald reports that 43-year-old Todd Mullis also testified Thursday in Dubuque that he didn't know who used his iPad to conduct internet searches about...

Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

Sep. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The field manager of an Iowa hog farm testified that a woman with whom he was having an affair told him last year she was deathly afraid of her husband — a man now accused of using a corn rake to kill her. Jerry Frasher testified Wednesday in the trial of Todd Mullis. Mullis is...