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Montana governor seeks federal disaster relief for crops

Dec. 10, 2019 6:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor requested a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 11 counties that reported significant weather-related crop losses, officials said. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has submitted the request to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, The...

Wyoming governor requests disaster help for beet farmers

Dec. 7, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is asking for a federal disaster declaration to help farmers affected by cold weather in October. Two cold spells with warm weather in between harmed sugar beet crops in northern and southeastern Wyoming. The first cold spell halted sugar beet growth. Ensuing...

Falling numbers hit wheat farmers hard

Dec. 2, 2019 2:01 AM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — It's been a tough year for farmers across the region: A wet spring delayed planting and a wet fall kept farmers from harvesting some crops like sugar beets and potatoes. Many farmers who grow wheat thought that might be the one crop to turn a profit this year. It had all the markings of...

Louisiana’s fall sugar cane crop dampened by weather woes

Nov. 28, 2019 11:00 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s sugar cane farmers struggled with extreme weather and flooding this year, which could make a dent in the nation’s sugar crop. Farmers grappled with rain that fell day after day during a cooler spring, followed by a blistering hot and dry late summer that...

Michigan expects lowest corn, soybean harvest in over decade

Nov. 28, 2019 9:40 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan farmers’ production is expected to take a steep hit this year, with state officials pointing to rain as the reason corn and soybeans are recording the lowest production numbers in over 10 years. Corn production in Michigan is projected to plummet to its lowest numbers in 15...

Upper Midwest sugar beet farmers endure difficult harvest

Nov. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EST

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — It's been a bitter harvest for many Minnesota and North Dakota sugar beet farmers. Nearly a third of the crop in some parts of the two states is frozen into the fields — where it'll be left to rot — after a wet October delayed the harvest until the weather turned too...

American Crystal ends Red River Valley sugar beet harvest

Nov. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar has already ended its fall sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley. KFGO-AM reports the Moorhead-based cooperative ended its harvest on Saturday. American Crystal has not released the number of acres that were not harvested. The co-op has five processing...

Walz seeks agriculture disaster declaration for NW Minnesota

Nov. 7, 2019 5:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz asked the U.S. agriculture secretary on Thursday to declare a disaster for 12 counties of northwestern Minnesota where farmers are struggling through a very difficult harvest season. The governor said in a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue that unrelenting bad...

Freeze, warm spell, damaging to Wyoming beets

Oct. 29, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Farmers in Wyoming are wrapping up a difficult year for sugar beets. A cold snap followed by a week of mild temperatures is threatening the harvest in the Bighorn Basin. A freeze followed by a thaw causes liquids to run out and spoil other beets when they're stacked in piles. It also...