Cotton’s rebound raises hope of end to correction

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Cotton futures’ "impressive turnaround" in the last session, when it rebounded from a four-month low to close up the exchange limit, has prompted talk that the fibre’s correction may be over. Luke Mathews at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, forecast that "cotton market may rise further from here", supported by the likelihood of further downgrades to…


Hot, Dry Season Putting Damper on Corn Yield Potential

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Late-planted Ohio corn may show signs of heat stress and reduced yield potential as extremely hot, dry days plague the state, said Ohio State Extension corn scientist Peter Thomison When corn is planted in wet soils, root systems often don’t develop as well as they would have in drier conditions. And in years with a…


Corn, soybeans trade higher at midday

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Corn futures are trading slightly higher at midday. Strength is coming from the decline in crop condition ratings in Monday’s Crop Progress report, which showed the percent rated good fell 4 points and the index accounting for all 5 categories fell by 8 points. The condition of the crop is now the lowest it has…


Corn yields with perennial cover crop are equal to traditional farming

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Soil quality, water quality, and possibly even farm profits will all benefit by using a perennial cover crop on corn fields that allows for similar yields to traditional farming methods, according to Iowa State University research. Using standard agronomic practices and managing a perennial cover crop between rows of corn can keep soil, nutrients and…


CBOT corn outlook: Seen higher on declining crop ratings

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U.S. corn futures are expected to start higher Tuesday on concerns declining condition ratings for the crop will translate into a smaller-than-expected harvest. Traders predict corn for December delivery, the most actively traded contract, will open up 2 cents to 4 cents a bushel at the Chicago Board of Trade. In overnight electronic trading, the…


Lack of sun raises concerns for Ivorian main crop

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Patchy rain mixed with cold and cloudy weather in Ivory Coast’s main cocoa-growing regions last week could hold back the development of the 2011/12 main crop, farmers and analysts said on Monday. July and August are seen as crucial for the development of the October-March main crop, with cocoa trees needing at…


Cereals: 9 million quintals harvested in Tunisia up to July 20, the most significant crop since 2003

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TUNIS (TAP) – Nine million quintals of cereals were harvested to July 20, compared with 4.7 million quintals in the same period last year, said Mrs. Amel Nafti, Director-General of Agricultural Production at the Agriculture and Environment Ministry. The crop which has been placed this year, under high supervision as a result of fire threats,…


Fertilizer prices to drag 2012 farm profits lower

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High fertilizer costs, and lower crop prices, will in 2012 end a two-year run of rising profits for US corn and soybean farmers – and presenting a significant risk of "very low returns". US corn growers will next year fork out $165 an acre for nutrients, a rise of 35% in two seasons, and returning…


Ohio State South Centers bioenergy field day

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Ohio State University South Centers researchers have been examining the potential use of giant miscanthus and hybrid willow as an alternative bioenergy producing crop.  Last year the they began a five-year trial and feasibility study of growing giant miscanthus in southern Ohio to be used in ethanol production.  Researchers say the warm-season grass from Asia…


Premature leaf-fall hit apple orchard in Kullu valley

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Kullu, Jul 22 : Premature leaf-fall in apple laden trees struck the crop in entire Kullu valley, while it is more severe in apple dominated belt of Naggar block, horticulture official warned the farmers advising them to take necessary measures to avert decline in production. Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Officer (HDO-plant protection) Kullu K L…


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