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7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Aug. 14, 2020

Article-7 ag stories you might have missed this week - Aug. 14, 2020

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Derecho flattens crops across Midwest, USDA releases crop production estimates and a storage outlook.

Need to catch up on news from the week? Here's seven stories you might have missed.

1. A derecho flattened crops, toppled trees and crumpled grain bins from South Dakota to Ohio on Monday, with winds topping 100 mph in some places. The storm system traveled 770 miles in 14 hours. - NPR

2. Vice President Mike Pence joined a Farmers and Ranchers for Trump rally in Iowa on Aug. 13. Also this week, Kamala Harris was named to Democratic Party ticket and Iowa Democratic Party leaders weighed in. – PBS Newshour,

3. USDA's August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates carried several strong implications for U.S. growers. USDA predicts the U.S. will likely produce the largest corn and second largest soybean crops on record. – Farm Futures

4. The Aug. 10 storms that flattened Midwest fields and grain bins could complicate what appears to be an already complicated storage outlook, Bryce Knorr writes. USDA's August crop production estimates suggest the nation's grain storage system could be stretched to the breaking point. – Farm Futures

5. Fertilizer and pesticide applications to croplands are now the most important source of sulfur to the environment. Researchers say it is time to apply lessons learned while investigating the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers to studying the implications of high sulfur use in agriculture. –

6. After more than 31 years, Maxwell Foods will be permanently closing its hog operations in 2021. The company cited low prices together with the impacts of COVID-19 as reasons for the closure. – National Hog Farmer

7. Scott County, Missouri, farmer Jeff Limbaugh shares images from his hemp field. It's his first year of raising hemp for fiber. – Missouri Ruralist

This week, we offer two bonus stories.

  • Fine dining has moved to farms in the San Francisco area during the pandemic. – San Francisco Chronicle
  • Debbie and David Klausmeyer, who own and run Klausmeyer Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Clearwater have turned three of their 40-acre fields into giant sunflower patches and they're inviting the public to visit. – The Wichita Eagle
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