Does Kenya need GM crops as it battles famine in the Horn of Africa?

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In the midst of a dire need to feed millions of people facing hunger because of drought, Kenya’s newly passed Biosafety Act allows for the importation of GM crops – but at what cost? There has been a really long-term, ongoing push by Monsanto and USAID to get GM approved in Kenya As the most…


Harvest roundup: Storms damage remaining crops

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Wind and rain continues to hamper harvest across the UK, with many crops starting to suffer in the stormy weather. In Northern Ireland farmers had cut very little over the past week, said Graham Furey at Castleview, Killyleagh, County Down. “We tested a crop yesterday and it was 25% moisture – and it’s showery again…


Evening markets: crops, bar coffee, resist liquidation wave

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There was one good reason for investors in farm commodities not to bail out on Monday, and that was that US markets, the global pace-setters, were closed. And Chicago and New York crop futures have, in many sessions, over the past few weeks, proved remarkably resilient to sell-offs in other risk assets. If it were…


Quinn samples the show Progress; Illinois farmers know how to grow crops

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DECATUR – Gov. Pat Quinn received a warm welcome Tuesday as he made his way through the Farm Progress Show. Quinn spent about an hour at the show, walking through several exhibits, shaking hands and posing for pictures along the way. Quinn said he wanted to acknowledge the important role agriculture plays in the state.…


Rain gods bless Australia, Argentina prays for their wheat

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SYDNEY (Commodity Online): In the past few days, rain gods have blessed Australia Wheat crops with some much needed showers even as Argentina is lacking the same. The Kagaroos are looking forward to reap 24 million tons, down from 26.3 million tons for the last crop year spanning October 2010 and September 2011. But the…


Dry weather stresses Iowa’s crops

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Iowa’s corn crop deteriorated under dry weather last week, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture lowering its good to excellent rating for Iowa’s corn crop from 63 percent a week ago to 59 percent for the week ended Sunday. Nationally, the good to excellent rating for the corn crop fell from 57 percent last week…


North Carolina crops, livestock battered by Irene

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RALEIGH, N.C., Aug 29 (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene caused serious losses to North Carolina tobacco and food crops and could drive some farmers out of business, the state agriculture commissioner said on Monday. The dollar cost and the percentage of crops and livestock lost will not be known until later, but the arrival of Irene…


Wet spring, dry summer affects crops

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PRINCETON — Wet spring planting conditions followed by a dry summer growing season will affect some Gibson County crop production this year. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture projected soybean production to be down 8 percent from last year. Based on current conditions,   soybean yields are expected to average around 41.4 bushels per acre, down 2.1…


Speculators snap up crops, as inflation fears rise

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Agricultural commodities have returned to investors’ good books, amid growing fears for US crops, and concerns for world inflation which have boosted interest in many raw materials. Money managers, viewed as a proxy for speculators, raised their net long position in US-traded commodity futures and options by more than 91,000 contracts to 1.10m lots in…


New genome sequence could improve important agricultural crops

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An international team of scientists, funded in the UK by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has sequenced the genome of a Chinese cabbage variety of a plant called Brassica rapa, a close relative of oilseed rape. The research, which is published today (28 August) in the journal Nature Genetics, could help improve…


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