Nebraska’s corn crop on target for record harvest

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A hot July has taken its toll on the nation’s crops, according to a report issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But while the heat has impacted Nebraska’s crops, based on Aug. 1 conditions, the state’s corn crop is still forecast at a record high 1.6 billion bushels, 9 percent above last year’s…


Soybeans jump after ‘blowtorch heat’ wilts US crop

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Soybean futures jumped in early deals after the US cut its production estimate by considerably more than the market had expected, signalling a squeeze on supplies which looks set to have global repercussions. The US Department of Agriculture cut its estimate for the US soybean yield this year by 2.0 bushels per acre to 41.4…


EU wheat crop faces deciding time for quality

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Strategie Grains trimmed its estimate for the quantity of European Union soft wheat production, and said that good weather was crucial to protecting quality too, amid growing fears for the impact of harvest rains. The analysis group cut by 300,000 tonnes to 129.9m tonnes its forecast for the world’s biggest wheat crop, citing a reduction…


Morning markets: multi-market rebound pulls up crop futures

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Wednesday was an up day, in early deals at least. The late surge on Wall Street, which drove the Dow Jones Industrial Average to close up 4%, helped Asian shares post, less enthusiastic, gains too. Tokyo’s Nikkei index closed up 1.1%. The dollar weakened, another sign of a more "risk on" temperament, shedding 0.9% as…


Agri Buzz: USDA Estimates Steady Progress of Corn And Soya Crop

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The latest USDA’s weekly Crops & Weather report mentioned that 51 percent of the corn remained in good condition and 22 percent was in excellent condition. Another 20 percent remained in fair condition on Sunday, August 7, while 5 percent was in poor condition and 2 percent was in very poor condition. The condition of…


Corn growers assess crop conditions

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The National Corn Growers Association’s “Field Notes” podcast series this week visits with Maryland grower Chip Bowling, Kentucky grower Sam Hancock, Illinois grower Tom Martin and Minnesota grower DeVonna Zeug to get an on-the-ground assessment of the crop condition in comparison with the crop condition estimates released by the USDA in a report earlier this…


Some farm areas of southern Minn. could use rain

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Some farming areas of southern Minnesota could use a good rain, while some farmers elsewhere in Minnesota would prefer drier weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop weather report for the state said Monday that northwestern and central areas of the state remain wet, with some crop damage reported from…


Tony Reynolds helps harvest the first crop of Sofia potatoes

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Tony Reynolds recently helped to dig the first crop of this year’s Sofia potatoes from Reynolds’ grower, John Rix at his farm in Great Horkesley, Colchester. Available to the UK foodservice industry exclusively from Reynolds, Sofia potatoes are a relatively new variety of salad potato specially developed for their taste and texture. Sofia potatoes combine…


Corn crop ratings keep falling

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USDA released market-neutral to friendly corn crop ratings and market-negative soybean data Monday. In its weekly Crop Progress Report, the USDA estimates the U.S. corn crop as 60% good/excellent, 24% fair, and 16% very-poor to poor. Meanwhile, the U.S. soybean crop is rated as 13% very-poor to poor, 26% fair, 61% good-to-excellent. "I think the…


Corn crop didn’t lose ground last week

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Despite unseasonably warm weather in much of the country last week, the condition of the corn crop did not lose ground. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Crop Progress” report released Monday afternoon, 15 percent of the crop in the top 18 corn-producing states is in excellent condition and 45 percent is in good…


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