Crop Weather Mayhem Delays Corn, Rice Planting as Prices Rally

When the overflowing Mississippi River breached Arkansas’s levees and flooded Michael Oxner’s farm in May, the waters didn’t just wipe out his hopes of planting 1,400 acres of rice. It destroyed last year’s crop, too. Water inundated the bins that held the rice he’d harvested in 2010, ruining 25,000 bushels and leaving a fermented smell that turned his remaining grain into pet food.

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