Grain Production Falling as Soil Erosion Continues

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The thin layer of topsoil that covers much of the earth’s land surface is the foundation of civilization. As long as soil erosion on cropland does not exceed new soil formation, all is well. But once it does, it leads to falling soil fertility and eventually to land abandonment. As countries lose their topsoil through…


Data doubts fuel late surge in corn, wheat futures

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Grain prices put in a late burst in Chicago, taking gains above 3%, amid growing doubts over the official data which showed the US corn crop failing to deteriorate last week despite further heat. Corn for December, the most-traded contract, soared 3.7% to $7.11 ½ a bushel in late deals in Chicago, where wheat for…


ICAC cuts world cotton harvest estimate – a little

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Cotton experts cut their forecast for world production of the fibre – but not by as much as many analysts have pencilled in. Cotton futures eased despite supportive comments from Standard Chartered. The International Cotton Advisory Committee cut by 500,000 tonnes, to 26.9m tonnes (123m bales), its forecast for world production of the fibre in…


Soybeans Enter Stage Right

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But when the CME Globex session fires up on Sunday evening, corn will find itself sharing the stage with its longtime vaudeville partner as soybeans prepares for its grand entrance. The month of July has always belonged to corn. Corn dominates headlines as traders react to every minute change in weather forecasts. This year has…


Texas ag losses could set record amid drought

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With strong demand pushing up crop prices, economist thinks farmers may lose $8 billion By Betsy Blaney of The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — Randy McGee spent $28,000 in one month pumping water onto about 500 acres in West Texas before he decided to give up irrigating 75 acres of corn and focus on other…


Beet growers urged to protect crop potential

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Beet growers have been urged to check and protect crops with an appropriate fungicide by researchers at Broom’s Barn. With a potential threat from rust or powdery mildew seen at low levels in some more forward crops, farmers have been urged to keep alert and spray if thought necessary. With less than two months before…


Wheat prices to stay firm, despite EU crop revival

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Strategie Grains forecast wheat prices staying firm even as the influential analysis group put a rise in European Union output back on the agenda, hiking its production estimate by the equivalent of a Spanish harvest. Rains had proved "very beneficial" for grain filling in France, Germany and the UK, the region’s top wheat producers, where…


Biotech food for a warming planet

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Climate change is here, folks, and I’m not saying so because it’s hot outside. This is a big worry, or at least it should be. But big problems create big business opportunities: A California biotech company called Arcadia Biosciences has set out to help farmers do their part to slow down the process of global…


Genetic Journey Begins to Understand and Manage Yellow Soybeans

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Producers’ ongoing interest in expanding their soybean acreage is understandable, given high prices, solid markets, great yields and the crop’s increasing diversity. However, this desirability is continuing to push production into areas that may not be ideal for soybean production – that is, in fields where crops are particularly susceptible to yellow beans, a result…


Corn Supply Record Still Possible

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The maturity of the U.S. corn crop is still on track in most areas according to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress report. Additionally, with only spotty exception, the majority of the crop is of comparable condition as that of 2009, when U.S. corn growers set the current production record. "While it’s…


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