Go Organic: When it comes to crops, keep harvesting

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August is one of the really productive months of the gardening year. It is a time of plenty and a time to enjoy the fruits of your labours. Unfortunately it is also the time when many of us take our summer holidays and are away from our plots for a week or two. Most vegetable…


Heat wave takes toll on Iowa crops, livestock

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The heat wave continues to take a toll on Iowa’s crops and livestock. In the weekly crop report on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said 75 percent of the corn crop is in good to excellent shape, a decrease from 80 percent the week before. Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop is in good…


ND small grain crops developing quickly

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Fargo, N.D. (AP) Recent hot weather in North Dakota is helping small grain crops develop quickly after a late spring planting season, and many farmers are beginning to prepare for harvest. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that soil moisture and stockwater supplies statewide remain mostly in the adequate and…


Corn prices surge as sizzling heat stresses crops

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By The Associated Press Corn prices are surging as sizzling heat is stressing crops in four of the nation’s top five producing states. Corn jumped 4.4 percent Tuesday to settle at $7.1575 a bushel. wheat and Soybean prices also rose. The U.S. Agriculture Department says about 62 percent of the corn crop was in good…


Warm weather helps SD crops develop

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) The Agriculture Department says warm weather is helping South Dakota crops develop. In its weekly report on crops and weather, the agency says three-quarters of South Dakota’s Corn crop is in good or excellent condition, while 70 percent of the Soybeans are in good to excellent shape. But the hot weather has…


Crops in good shape, a touch slow

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The U.S. corn crop remains in good shape and a touch slower than 2010, the Department of Agriculture said Monday. As of the week ending Sunday, 18 percent of the crop was in the dough stage, compared to 23 percent at this time a year earlier, the department said. The…


Rapeseed prices may dip, amid UK harvest ‘bonanza’

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Rapeseed prices may – for now – done enough to make up for the weak Ukrainian harvest prospects which has underpinned prices despite bumper harvests in France and, in particular, the UK. Traders reported growing signs of a tail-off in the buying spree which helped rapeseed prices nearly to E500 a tonne on the Paris…


Speculators sell coffee as interest in crops wanes

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Coffee has joined wheat in speculators’ bad books, representing the only two raw materials in which they hold net short positions, amid a waning interest among investors in farm commodities. In exchange traded funds, farm commodity products "have seen a steady outflow of investor funds at an approximate rate of $10m a day" over the…


Wheat, Corn Gain as U.S. Agrees to Debt Deal to Avoid Default

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Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) — Wheat futures advanced for the first time in three days after President Barack Obama announced that lawmakers have reached an agreement to raise the federal debt limit and avoid a default. Corn futures also increased. December-delivery wheat gained as much as 1.1 percent to $7.235 a bushel on the Chicago Board…


Corn prices rise after hot weather damages crops

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Crop prices closed higher Tuesday after the government reported that the U.S. corn crop isn’t growing as well as previously thought because of hot weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report late Monday afternoon that showed 62 percent of the corn crop in 18 states that produce the vast majority of corn in…


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