In brief for Page 4 on June 11, 2010
Idaho counties declared disasters
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security has declared disaster emergencies in three counties impacted by severe weather and flooding.
The declaration was approved June 8 by Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes for Adams, Idaho and Valley counties.
The declaration clears the way to make state support and resources available, including personnel, equipment and facilities.
Flooding rivers and creeks caused by prolonged rains and snowpack runoff are blamed for washing out sections of roads and damaging bridges. Brig. Gen. Bill Shawver said the damage exposed by the receding waters has occurred on remote and paved roadways.
He said officials have not yet placed a financial price tag on the damage.
Geddes is serving as acting governor since Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little are both out of state.
Neb. rains stop field work
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Recent rains have helped Nebraska crops develop, but they've also made it hard for farmers to work in the field.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its latest weekly update that Nebraska farmers had only about four days suitable for field work last week. Heavy rain fell in eastern Nebraska and hail was reported in several parts of the state.
So the planting of the last fields of soybeans and sorghum was delayed.
About 84 percent of the soybeans and about 68 percent of the sorghum has been planted.
About 85 percent of the state's corn crop rated in good or excellent condition.
And about 75 percent of the wheat crop rated in good or excellent condition.
High temps hurt Mich. spud crop
SAGOLA, Mich. (AP) -- Recent high temperatures in Michigan's Upper Peninsula have brought dry conditions that are hurting the potato crop.
Dale Johnson of Johnson's Potato Farm in Sagola told WLUC-TV that the unusually warm weather and a lack of precipitation has made it difficult to plant.
And he said it's taking longer for plants to grow.
Johnson's potatoes are sold to major fast food companies. He's hopeful that rain will improve the conditions.
Kansas wheat crop maturing
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A new government report says 3 percent of the Kansas winter wheat crop has matured.
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service, in its weekly update Monday, says 8 percent of the wheat is usually mature at this point in the season.
Wheat condition was rated as 9 percent excellent, 47 percent good and 31 percent fair. About 13 percent was rated as poor to very poor.
Farmers around the south-central town of Kiowa on the Oklahoma border began cutting wheat Friday, bringing in about 90,000 bushels before rain hit the area.
OK Co-op Grain Co. assistant manager Dennis Carroll says early loads show good quality with test weights of 62 to 64 pounds per bushel.