Drought, heat, high demand send corn prices soaring

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Corn is a mighty hot commodity these days. Prices soared in August after weather damage across the Corn Belt led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to predict lower yields than previously expected. Some agronomists and farmers predict yields will be even lower because the heat and drought continued. All the while, demand for corn seems…


Ludwig as bad as drought, say beef farmers

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Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s decision to halt live cattle exports to Indonesia so angered the industry that beef producers have now put him on par with floods and droughts. Farmers fronted a Senate inquiry in Broome on Thursday complaining of their lot in life, namely "floods, droughts and Ludwigs". West Kimberley producers said they…


Small seed packets could play big role in Africa’s battle against drought

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If more small farmers in Africa’s drought-prone regions grew improved varieties of dryland crops, their communities would be better prepared for prolonged dry spells and scarce rain As the world considers long-term solutions to mitigate the impact of the next drought, drought-resistant crops are often mentioned as part of the solution. The concept has been…


Indiana Corn Continues Decline

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Scattered thunderstorms brought temporary drought relief to some areas but the state remains very dry in general, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The prevailing hot, dry conditions are causing a growing concern over the impact it will have on crop yields. Some soybean fields required spraying during the…


Wheat yields better than expected for Philip Bradshaw

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It may be age-related, but harvests seem to come round faster every year. As expected, yields are not breaking records, but are better than we might have thought given the severe spring drought. Oilseed rape is averaging 4.5t/ha, which is about normal, but much better than expected with our lack of rainfall. There were no…


Crop Report (August 6)

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More than 99 percent of Texas was in one level of drought or another by the last week of July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 90 percent of the state was in an extreme drought; 75 percent in an exceptional drought, according to the monitor. Daytime high temperatures continued to challenge or…


Apple growers’ pleas fall on deaf ears

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The soaring exchange rate is on the minds of apple growers attending their annual conference in Havelock North today, but pleas to the Government to do something to ease the industry’s crippling burden have fallen on deaf ears. Pipfruit New Zealand chairman Ian Palmer says the industry is unviable with the kiwi dollar at US87c.…


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…


Farmers face losses during record-breaking drought season

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The drought has spread over much of the southern U.S., leaving Oklahoma the driest it has been since the 1930s and setting records from Louisiana to New Mexico. But the situation is especially severe in Kansas and Texas, which trails only California in agricultural productivity. Ranchers in parts of Kansas are hauling their spring cattle…


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