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· In Harsh Year, U.S. Crop Acreage Shrinks 5 Percent
· 2019 Losses from 3 Major River Flooding Events Total $20 Billion
In Harsh Year, U.S. Crop Acreage Shrinks 5 Percent
By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 1/13/2020
The rainiest spring in a quarter-century slowed the planting season and helped limit U.S. farmers to their smallest crop area in five decades, said the government in assessing 2019 production. Early snowfall and icy autumn weather prevented growers from harvesting more than 600 million bushels of corn, and the USDA said it would update estimates of corn and soybean supplies, if warranted, “once producers are able to finish harvesting remaining acres.”
Plantings of the 22 “principal” U.S. crops, which range from corn, soybeans and wheat to potatoes, canola and dry edible beans, shrank by 16.7 million acres, or 5 percent, in 2019 from the preceding year, said the USDA in its Crop Production Annual report, issued each January.
“The 302.6 (million acres) is the lowest that we’ve seen since 1970,” chief economist Rob Johansson told USDA radio news...
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2019 Losses from 3 Major River Flooding Events Total $20 Billion
by Betsy Jibben, AgWeb
Jan 10, 2020
It is official: 2019 will go on record as one of the wettest and costliest years because of the weather.
NOAA says there are 14 major weather disasters with losses that exceed more than $1 billion.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said losses from the 2019 Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi River floods alone are totaling $20 billion.
The losses from the Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi rivers are totaling $20 billion, nearly half of the $45 billion dollar total.
NOAA also said 2019 is considered the second wettest year on record behind 1973. NOAA reported there’s less than an inch of a difference from the record.
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