Jan. 18 Agriculture Briefs


Police: Car fatally hits escaped cow; bull chases onlookers

YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities and witnesses say a cow that escaped a farm was fatally hit by a vehicle Friday night in a rural section of eastern Long Island.

For a short time, a companion bull chased away onlookers before being corralled.

Newsday reports the accident happened Friday night in Yaphank, which is about 65 miles (104 kilometers) east of New York City.

Leslie Clay, who lives near where the accident happened, says she saw a bull chasing the occupants of the car that struck the cow. She let the fleeing man and his daughter into her home to call 911.

Clay says the bull also chased a responding police officer before running off. The bull was corralled by authorities.


State of Ohio recognizes 125 historic farms in 2017

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say 125 additional farms have been registered in a voluntary state program that recognizes farms owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced this week that the 125 farms recognized in the past year increases the number of farms now registered in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program to nearly 1,500.

Century farms have been recognized since 1993. The bicentennial farm designation was added in 2013, and the sesquicentennial designation in 2016.


Dicamba herbicide training 

sessions set 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The BASF and Monsanto companies have scheduled training sessions around North Dakota beginning Wednesday for applicators of the controversial weed killer dicamba.

New federal rules classify dicamba as a restricted-use herbicide, and applicators need training. The new rules are in response to complaints around the country of dicamba drift damaging neighboring crops.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the training sessions will satisfy both state and federal requirements. A list of the sessions can be found on the state Agriculture Department’s website. Registration is required for some sessions.

Some turkeys survived the holidays, but not their road trip

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A tractor-trailer hauling hundreds of live turkeys overturned and caught fire Wednesday after troopers say the trucker fell asleep at the wheel.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol told local media outlets that the tractor-trailer went off the road before dawn in Guilford County. The patrol said 39-year-old Devin Edward Long, who was treated for minor injuries at a Greensboro hospital, was charged with careless and reckless driving.

According to the patrol, some of the turkeys were killed. Others survived and were herded by a group of workers into another truck.


First day of Maine ag fair to focus on food and farm jobs

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the first day of the state's annual farm show will focus on linking people with careers in agriculture.

The Agricultural Trades Show will hold its second Agricultural Career Fair on Tuesday in Augusta.

Organizers say employers will include United Farmer Veterans of Maine, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and Hammond Tractor Co. The state agriculture department is hosting the careers event in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor.


Semi driver suspected of dumping contaminated soil

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — State officials say a semi-trailer driver hauling hazardous material to and from the Keystone oil pipeline leak site purposely dumped soil contaminated with crude oil on the side of a northeastern South Dakota road.

Brian Walsh of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, tells the Aberdeen American News the semi was returning from taking soil to a landfill in Sawyer, North Dakota.

Walsh says it's suspected the driver realized there was contaminated soil in his trunk and emptied it in Marshall County before returning to the leak site near Amherst.


Farmers post record crop for soybeans, peanuts, canola, hops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers have harvested record crops for soybeans, peanuts, canola, rapeseed and hops.

The agency released its annual crop production report Friday summarizing the 2017 crop year.

It shows that peanut production jumped 30 percent to 7.2 billion pounds. Production of hops, a main ingredient in beer, grew 20 percent as Idaho's production surpassed Oregon's for the first time. Washington remained the leader, producing 75 percent of the nation's crop.

Soybean production was at 4.39 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the previous year as farmers planted a record 90.1 million acres. Canola production was up 1 percent. Rapeseed, used to make cooking oil, rose 7 percent.

Corn production fell 4 percent to 14.6 billion bushels on fewer planted acres. Wheat production was down 25 percent.