Friday, June 17, 2011

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Giant Sinkholes Form In Tarpon Springs?!

Two sinkholes opened up in the back yard of a house at 709 S DisstonAve. in Tarpon Springs on Thursday. One hole left part of the home’sfoundation hanging over the edge, and another hole partly swallowed astorage building.

First it was a front yard with six cars parked on it. Then it was a sinkhole. Anitra Merricks and her family saw it unfold slowly about 6 p.m. Thursday. They had just come outside after the earth gave in with a yawning boom behind her grandmother's home at 709 S Disston Ave. That was a small one. They walked through the house and out to the front, where relatives had parked their automobiles, including Merricks' Mercury Milan. Then they heard a rumbling from the street. "Someone said, 'Look, the house is caving in,' " said Merricks, 29, of Holiday. "We started moving our cars, and then the whole thing started sinking in. "Then probably half an hour, 45 minutes later, 5 feet away from that hole, the middle of the road, the concrete…

It looked like it was melting, but it just started sinking in." Two holes eventually combined to form one crater of rust-colored earth about 50 feet deep and stretching from the house to the other side of Disston Avenue. Everyone got the cars moved in time. "You could probably fit a couple of good-sized vehicles in the hole," said Tarpon Springs public works director Thomas Funcheon. Firefighters deemed that the house, which was built in 1958, was unsafe for Merricks' grandparents, Virginia Crawford, 83, and Nathaniel Crawford, 90, to stay in. The Crawfords, who moved in more than 50 years ago, will have to find a new home, Merricks said. Officials also evacuated a home next door. The American Red Cross was assisting residents with temporary shelter. Earlier in the day, the Crawfords had summoned an engineering company to the home after they noticed cracks along the interior walls. They suspected sinkholes, which are common in the area, but were stunned when the ground began giving away around them. By early evening, two more craters had formed behind the Crawfords' home, one 12 feet wide and 7 feet deep, the other 25 feet wide and 13 feet deep.

A concrete shed as large as a garage fell into one, and part of the Crawfords' block home was also slipping in. Officials were investigating what caused the sinkholes to  form. "We don't know why it happened," Funcheon said. "We believe it's natural, but we can't say for sure right now." The sinkholes snapped part of a sewer line, but service in the area won't be affected, Funcheon said. Police also had blocked off the road surrounding the sinkholes. Merricks said losing the home, where relatives and friends gathered nearly every day, will be hard on the tight-knit family. "This is our home away from home. To see this happen is kind of crazy," she said. "You see sinkholes on TV but for it to unfold in front of your eyes, it's unbelievable."
- Tampa

JAPAN's MEGA-DISASTER: Stunning New Tsunami Video Surfaces!

Amateur video of the tsunami that hit Japan in March shows peoplerunning as cars, boats and debris wash inland after the massiveearthquake.

WATCH: Tsunami wall hits Japan.

KILLER GERM: E.Coli Superbug - First Human Transmission Detected!

Cucumbers, tomatoes and beansprouts have all been suspected of carrying the deadly new strain of E. coli bacteria, causing several countries to impose blanket bans and restrictions on the importation of fresh vegetables from Europe. As we try to keep a close eye on the developments surrounding the source, spread and measures used to contain this killer germ, German authorities have disclosed today, that the first case of humans spreading the deadly E. coli has been detected, as the death toll increases to 39 worldwide.

German scientists have discovered a secondcause of the outbreak of E coli bacteria that has killed 39 people inrecent weeks: a kitchen employee at a catering company was unwittinglyspreading the germ on food.The finding on Friday comes aweek after statistical and laboratory proof that the disease was mainlyspread by edible sprouts grown from lentils, radishes and beans at amarket garden. Hesse state consumer protection officials saidthat a woman who had caught Type O104:H4 enterohaemorrhagic Escherichiacoli (EHEC) from the sprouts, but had not yet fallen ill, passed it to20 other people via food she handled. A spokesman, HaraldKehlborn, said investigators were checking the kitchen, but added thatthe infection would have been impossible if kitchen staff had properlywashed their hands after using the toilet.

He said it mightturn out the E coli had been spread via a kitchen utensil at the firm,which mainly supplied food for home parties.The femaleworker later developed the most severe form of EHEC infection,haemolytic-uraemic syndrome, in which the kidneys and nervous systemfail and patients often suffer epileptic fits.The EHECoutbreak roiled European vegetable markets, with millions of peoplerefusing to eat salad until the cause was found and several nationsimposing import bans on vegetables. The outbreak is continuing, but thenumber of new cases declined this week. All but one of the 39deaths since mid-May have been in Germany. Type O104:H4 is a mutationof the common E coli found in most people's digestive tracts.
- Monsters and Critics.

A woman working in a kitchen of a catering company was infected by E. coli from sprouts, though she didn't fall ill immediately, said Harald Kehlborn, a spokesman for the consumer protection ministry of German state Hesse. Then she spread E. coli unconsciously to another 20 people through the food she prepared, said Kehlborn. The woman later developed serious complication of hemolytic- uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes failure of kidney and nervous system. According to the data of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's national disease control centre, the number of people who are infected has reached 3,408 in Germany and 798 people have fallen into HUS, while the infection speed is slowing down.
- Xinhaunet.
WATCH: Germany officials confirm first case of E. coli human transmission.

THE DELUGE: Over Half a Million Evacuated in Massive China Floods!

More than 500000 residents have been forced to evacuate as continued torrential rain in central and southern China has caused some of the worst flooding seen on the region in over 50 years.

China has mobilized its military and raised its disaster alert to the highest level amid severe river flooding that has prompted evacuation of more than half a million people, according to a Reuters report. The report, which cited the official China Daily, said more than 550,000 have fled from low-lying areas in seven provinces and one municipality along the flooded Yangtze River. Meanwhile, a flooded river in the country's east rose to its highest level in more than 50 years. The Qiantang River, Zhejiang province's main waterway, is at 7.9 feet above safety levels - the highest it has been since 1955. In the face of the disasters, the government has raised its alert to level 4, according to Reuters. The landslides and mudslides have toppled homes, and the torrential rains that caused them are forecast to continue.

The flooding has left 105 people dead and 65 missing. In the southwest, 5,000 passengers on four trains were stranded after landslides buried parts of a railway line. Over 2,000 rescuers with 10 excavators rushed to clear the Chengdu-Kunming railway, which links the provincial capitals of Sichuan and Yunnan, the Chengdu Railway Bureau said in a statement, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. The bureau has sent food and water to the trapped passengers, and buses to evacuate them, the statement said. Elsewhere in the coastal province, a dike breached and flooded 18 villages while landslides toppled about 2,500 houses and flooded 350 roads, Xinhua said. This week's rains have also forced 120,000 residents in Zhejiang alone to leave their homes. The country's weather agency said a new round of downpours began Friday.
- CBS News.
WATCH: China on high flood alert after record rain.

WATCH: Deadly China floods force mass evacuation.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Chilean Volcano Ash Plumes The World!

The ash plume from the Chilean volcano has now spread across South America and traversed the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean, reaching as high as five miles or eight kilometres into the atmosphere.

In early June the Chilean Volcano called Puyehue-Cordón Caulle erupted, sending a massive plume of ash around the Southern Hemisphere, stalling flights out of many airports and causing havoc for millions of passengers. NASA Satellite imagery captured the plume as it made its way around the world. Images provided came from, amongst others, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) that flies on both NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites, and the GOES-11 satellite. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center press release attached to the photos describes the plume’s travel: The gallery begins on June 4, 2011 when a fissure opened in the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex.

The MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a natural-color image that showed the ash 45,000 feet (14,000 meters) high. As the plume shot up and blew southeast toward Argentina, heavier particles fell to the ground. According to the Buenos Aires Herald, the border town of Bariloc, Argentina reported as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of ash on the ground. In addition to large amounts of ash on the ground in Chile and Argentina, rainfall poses another problem. Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service noted that rainfall on loose ash could trigger landslides and lahars, especially in the Andes Mountains where river valleys are clogged with ash.
- Planet Save.
WATCH: Chilean eruption shows no sign of abating.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.2 Quake Hits Alaska in Seismic Swarm!

Over the last 24 hours, a swarm of 29 earthquakes rocked the U.S. state of Alaska, with four of them measuring in excess of 5.0 in magnitude on the Richter Scale.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 rocked the Anchorage area on Thursday morning. The moderate quake, centered about 50 miles southwest of Alaska's largest city, struck at 11:06 a.m. Alaska time, according to the National Weather Service's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. No damage reports came in immediately after the earthquake, said Paul Whitmore, director of the center, which is based in Palmer, Alaska. "We haven't received any, and we don't expect any tsunami danger from it, either," Whitmore told Reuters. No tsunami warning will be issued, the center said in a statement. Many people in Anchorage and outlying communities reported feeling the quake, which struck Alaska's most densely populated region, Whitmore said. The epicenter was on the Kenai Peninsula, near the community of Nikiski, according to the center - Reuters.

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Hundreds Of Dead Fish In River Des Peres?!

Hundreds of dead fish was found floating in the river Des Peres in South St. Louis, Missouri. The state is currently investigating to determine if it was caused by man or nature.

Neighbors who live around the river told News 11 they first spotted the dead fish floating in the river on Wednesday. Hundreds of dead fish stretch for more than a half mile North of Gravois. MSD owns the section of the river. They say they hired crews to spray weed killer and they double checked today and say the crews did use a chemical that does not threaten wildlife.

Conservation experts say when the rising Mississippi backs up into the river Des Peres the water can stagnate, lose the oxygen and the fish die, a disturbing sight to people who live nearby. "I think something's wrong something disturbing because there shouldn't be dead fish floating everywhere." said Kathy Shaver. Conservation officials say they believe the fish kill was caused bymother nature. The dead fish are Asian carp which have created lotsproblems for fishermen and boaters.
- Fox2NOW.
WATCH: News report of the mass fish die-off.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 5.5 Quake Rocks Eritrea, Ethiopia Region!

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck Eritrea, Ethiopia Region at a depth of 10 kilometres (km) or 6.2 miles, the quake hit at 09:06:12 UTC Friday 17th June 2011 and was located at 13.307°N, 41.668°E.  The epicentre was 120 km or 74 miles northwest of Assab; 215 km or 133 miles southwest of Al Hudaydah, Yemen; 238 km or 147 miles east of Mekele; and 371 km or 230 miles southeast of Asmara. There are currently no reports of damage.

Planetary Tremors: Kamchatka volcano spews ash to 10000 meters!

An active volcano in the eastern Russian peninsulaof Kamchatka has been pumping ashes 10 kilometers high into the air,creating a possible hazard to local residents and air traffic, Russianscientists reported Friday. Although the eruption poses no immediate threat to nearbysettlements, the ensuing ash fallouts could be hazardous to localpeople's health and the environment, they said. The volcanic ash cloudcould also pose a threat to air traffic as tiny ash particles can causeproblems in aircraft engines.

Volcano Kizimen on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russia Far East has erupted and a trail of ash has risen up to 10 kilometers, and this may lead to a cancellation of air traffic. In fact, two other volcanoes, one in Eritrea and the other in Chile, have made corrections to the plans of people and even big politics. The life of the people of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil, who literally live on a volcano, depends on the direction of wind that is dispersing ash erupted from the Puyehue volcano in Chile. Flights are allowed or cancelled depending on the concentration of smoke and ash in the air, which is constantly changing. The passengers who wish to fly to another country are refusing to leave the airports fearing that they might miss their flights. As a result, the airports are crowded. This is a cause for discomfort not only for ordinary people. For one, on the eve, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had to alter his plans. His aircraft flying to Buenos-Airs had to make an emergency landing at an airport in an Argentinean province. Ban Ki-moon had to continue his journey by a bus so as to attend a meeting with Argentinean President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner in the capital in time. He had to mark his 67th birthday at a filling station. After the meeting in Buenos-Aires the UN Secretary General left for Uruguay by a ferry. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had to submit to volcano Dubbi in Eritrea. During her tour of Africa, Ms. Clinton had to leave Ethiopia owing to a fast moving thick ash trail. As a result, she had to cut short her meetings and even cancel a news conference. The volcanic ash cloud disrupted air traffics in Egypt and Israel.

At present, Kizimen on the Kamchatka is the most active volcano. On the 12th of June, a powerful eruption raised a column of ash up to several kilometers high. Meanwhile, scientists believe that a series of eruptions will be followed by. The volcano has been given the red colour, the highest air traffic danger. This means particles thrown into the air pose a threat to aircraft engines. Meanwhile, natural calamities have often occurred in the past years. This has prompted the scientists to search for the roots of these phenomena. Some people even hurried to predict the pending end of the world. However, scientists say that volcanic activity is not an attempt on human civilization by nature. Moreover, no one should link one kind of calamity to another. Volcanoes are different compared to floods or earthquakes. If there was an explosion that does not mean that eruption is inevitable or if a volcano woke up, this does not mean that another one will also wake up in the near future. Here is an opinion from a volcanologist at the Institute of Geology, Mining and Geo-chemistry, Anatoly Khrenov: “Volcanoes have their own life. They are linked to the evolution of our planet. Consequently, the eruption of three volcanoes simultaneously cannot be considered that this was triggered by something,” Anatoly Khrenov said. It’s a different story that the people at this stage of development cannot stop calamities. However, scientists have learned to forecast when volcanoes erupt a few months before it happens. In short, this is not the worst calamity although it causes many troubles.
- Voice of Russia.
Scientists reported increased level of activity at the volcano, located in the center of Kamchatka peninsula, in May 2009, and since then the volcano has periodically spewed ash three to eight kilometers high into the air. Kamchatka peninsula is adjacent to a major air corridor used by commercial flights between Japan, South Korea, and North America.
WATCH: Volcano Kizimen on the Kamchatka Peninsula erupts.

DWARF STAR: Killer Stars from deep black space threaten Earth?!

"The convergence of the gravitationalfield of passing stars can affect the objects in the solar system. First of all, the Oort cloud will be affected. There is also afairly low probability that the star will pass so close to the Sun,that it will have an impact on the Kuiper belt."

It seems that everyday the memes keep coming about the imminent convergence of our solar system with a planetary object/star such as a brown dwarf star. A failed sun, dim and cold, that could cause widespread cataclysmic chaos on planet Earth.

Outer space poses a threat to the Solar System. This time it was declared not by homegrown advocates of the near doomsday, but solid astrophysicists. Earlier this year the 217th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was held in Seattle where the most dangerous objects for our planet were named. With the help of The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, researchers have compiled a list of stars that may represent a potential threat to Earth, for example, by approaching the Sun and impacting objects around it. It turned out that of the 40,000 red dwarfs (objects of this class are most common in the universe) nearest to us, 18 are quite capable of "attacking" the solar system.

One of the most dangerous objects is the Oort cloud, a giant bubble containing billions of ice and rock boulders. Researchers believe that these objects are constantly circulating through the solar system as comets, leaving deep craters when coming into contact with planets. They fell on Earth as well. Although the Oort cloud is located at a distance of 50,000 to 100,000 astronomical units from the Sun, under the influence of stellar gravity, planets in our solar system, including Earth, may undergo an active comet bombardment. At least, John Bochanski from the University of Pennsylvania believes this to be a possibility. Recently, astrophysicists John Mathis and Daniel Whitmire) from the University of Louisiana came to the conclusion that within the Oort cloud there must be an object whose mass is two times heavier than that of Jupiter's - perhaps a gas giant or a cold star. The distance to it is approximately 30,000 astronomical units. An object dubbed Tyche, the goddess of fortune, is a sister of the sinister Nemesis star. Incidentally, according to some predictions, next year the mysterious "star Nemesis" (also called Nibiru and Planet X) will destroy the Earth. Scientists are concerned with asteroids that have been recently frequenting Earth. Only in the past two years, a few pieces of these heavenly bodies, albeit quite small in size, fell on Earth. With the help of a telescope WISE astrophysicists hope to identify nearly 100,000 asteroids representing a potential threat. Even more serious threat comes from the Kuiper belt. This is the name of the giant ring beyond the orbit of Pluto which consists of rocks and asteroids, located at a much closer distance to the Sun than the Oort cloud - from 30 to 50 astronomical units.

There are other dangers as well. For example, star Gliese 710 of the constellation of the Serpent. This object, whose weight is approximately 0.6 of the solar mass, is approaching the Sun at a rate of several dozens of kilometers per second and is now located at a distance of 63 light years from us. This was stated by an employee of the Pulkovo Observatory RAS, head of the kinematics and galactic structure of positional astronomy, Vadim Bobylev. He used the data on the motion of 35,000 stars closest to us, received by a European research probe Hipparcos. He reconstructed the orbits of these stars, and calculated that the probability of convergence of Gliese 710 with our system is 86 percent. Theoretically it may even get into the orbit of Pluto. However, this would happen no earlier than in 1.45 million years. The possibility that Gliese 710 would slam into the Sun is almost zero, says Bobylev. "But at the time the convergence of the gravitational field of passing stars can affect the objects in the solar system," he said. "First of all, the Oort cloud will be affected. There is also a fairly low probability that the star will pass so close to the Sun, that it will have an impact on the Kuiper belt." According to the history of astronomical observations, during the lifetime of the solar system the "outside" stellar objects have repeatedly approached it. Over the past two million years, our system was approached by nine stars. Most likely, in tens of millions of years the number of such encounters has been much greater. No one knows whether they caused the destruction of life on some planets. After all, there is a hypothesis that global cataclysms that resulted in the extinction of all things live have repeatedly happened on Earth.
- Pravda.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Nabro Volcano Erupts Violently Thursday!

Volcanic activity has increased at the Nabro volcano in Eritrea, just four days after the stratovolcano sent an ash plume more than 15km into the air.

The ash drifted westnorthwest over Sudan Thursday evening threatening to bring further disruption to air traffic in the east Africa region. Sunday night’s eruption led to some flight cancellations in neighbouring Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia, and saw a massive ash plume being carried as far away as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkmenistan, the Central African Republic and Egypt. The below MODIS Terra 1km True Colour satellite image, captured Thursday afternoon, shows the ash plume drifting hundreds of kilometres west of Nabro. The most recent ash advisory from the Toulouse, France, based Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre indicates that a relatively small region is affected by emissions from Nabro. The next update is expected to feature a much more expansive ash advisory, affecting neighbouring Sudan.

The latest eruption follows two relatively small earthquakes in the region on Thursday. Two magnitude earthquakes were registered in the vicinity of the stratvolcao at 3.47am and 8.30am (both GMT). Part of the Afar Triangle, Nabro is one of many volcanic caldera complexes in the north easternmost part of the East African Rift valley region. The stratovolcano is located in the Danakil Depression, close to Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia and north of Djibouti, and has not erupted in at least 150 years. It is the most prominent of 3 large volcanoes (Nabro, Dubbi, Mallahle) in the region, each containing a large summit caldera. Nabro comprises lava domes, lava flows, and two calderas, 8 and 5 km in diameter. The volcano is located along the Great Rift Valley, also known as the East African Rift. the divergent plate boundary extends from the Afar Triple Junction southward across eastern Africa, and is in the process of splitting the African Plate into two new separate plates, the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate. Seismic activity is frequent in Ethiopia In 1961 alone three thousand tremors were recorded from the centre of the Wollo province resulting in a 20km fissure being opened on the slopes of the Borkena graben.
- Irish Weather Online.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Christchurch stress as high as war zone?!

The strung-out residents of New Zealand's quake city have started to display signs of extreme stress usually only seen war zones as they recover from their third powerful earthquake, experts say.

A double whammy of quakes measuring 5.7 and 6.3-magnitude hit Christchurch on Monday afternoon, leaving residents with the grim and all-to-familiar task of sweeping up silt and calling their insurance company. The physical toll was considerable. An elderly man died, 45 others were injured, a further 50 buildings collapsed and the number of homes to be abandoned has been pushed into the thousands. The financial toll is also steep, with risk analyst Eqecat estimating the latest disaster could add $NZ6.1 billion ($4.67 billion) to the region's insurance losses. But it is the emotional toll that many, including New Zealand's prime minister John Key, are warning is of most concern.

On the back of September's damaging 7.1-magnitude quake and February's devastating 6.3-magnitude jolt, which killed 181 people, Monday's violent tremors have left many people at the end of their tether. Support services across the South Island city say they have been overwhelmed with exhausted, anxious people struggling to cope. Canterbury Charity Hospital has been offering counselling for stressed residents since February and far from slowing, the numbers seeking help have been rising steadily. Canterbury mental health liaison officer Cerina Altenburg told Radio New Zealand the constant aftershocks coupled with ongoing uncertainty over jobs and property, were having a devastating effect on mental health. Residents were exhibiting signs of extreme stress usually only seen in war zones. "People who had never previously approached any psychological support services are finding themselves out of their depth and overwhelmed," Ms Altenburg said. Pharmacies have reported a rise in prescriptions for sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications, while support services dealing with domestic violence have raised fears many people are self-medicating with alcohol.

Women's Refuge says violence in the city has sky-rocketed, along with a big jump in drug and alcohol abuse. Demand for its services has been up 30 per cent since the February quake. Meanwhile, many Christchurch families are dealing with the ongoing uncertainty by leaving town. About 50,000 people have already left and a poll of 15,000 people on Christchurch newspaper The Press' website indicated one in five wanted out. But Christchurch clinical psychologist Fran Vertue said she believed the vast majority of residents were emotionally and financially tied to the city and would not leave. "If you have got all of your money tied up in land, it's not that easy to up sticks and go," she said
- The Herald Sun.

EARTH CHANGES: The Hits keep coming - Sandstorms in Arkansas!

“It just surprised everybody.”

Add sandstorms to the litany of severe weather events pilingdifficulties on Arkansas’ farmers this growing season.

Extensioncotton agronomists and county Extension agents for the University ofArkansas Division of Agriculture were checking cotton fields on Tuesdayto see the extent of sandblast and hail damage. “We had a heck of a Sunday and (Monday),” said Tom Barber, Extensioncotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division ofAgriculture. “Over the weekend, the northeastern part of the state washit with a wall of sand with all these thunderstorms popping up.”

The National Weather Service at Little Rock reported a truck was blownover and trees and power lines were downed in Woodruff County onMonday. Hail ranging in size from 1.25 to 1.5 inches was reported inStone and Baxter counties. “We hada crew scouting cotton diseases that had to take cover in farmers’houses,” Barber said. “It just surprised everybody.” In Mississippi County, Extension Staff Chairman Dave Freeze surveyed afield of sandblasted cotton plants. The young plants were drooped anddoubled back on themselves with withered leaves touching the ground.All around loose sand filled depressions in the rows like drifted snow. “If they’re bent over and black, they’re usually gone,” Barber said of the plants.Fortunately, the sandblast “damage appears to be isolated,” said BlakeMcClelland, cotton research verification coordinator. “However, thatfield in Mississippi County is an extreme case and will probably haveto be plowed up.”

According tothe National Agricultural Statistics Service, cotton was 100 percentplanted and 93 percent emerged for the week ended June 12.Monday’s storms also produced straight line wind damage in a cornverification field in Greene County, just south of Paragould, saidKevin Lawson, corn and grain sorghum research verification programcoordinator. “We averaged around 65 mile per hour winds for 15 to 20straight minutes. We estimate that 25 to 30 percent of the plants aredestroyed in this field, either by blowing completely over, or greensnapped” cleanly through the stalk. In Desha County, trees were down in Arkansas City, with some trees onhouses. On top of the storm damage, record high temperatures were tiedat North Little Rock at 97 degrees, and at Monticello, 99 degrees. In the last few weeks, farmers have caught up with their planting,getting close to, or equaling five-year averages. Among the othercrops, rice is 100 percent planted and 96 percent emerged. Sorghum is99 percent planted and soybeans are 82 percent planted. Corn was 38percent silked, above the five-year average of 30 percent, NASS said.
- Delta Farm Press.