Organic farming: Going against the grains

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Harn Soper understands why the vast majority of Iowa farmers focus on producing grain for biofuels and livestock feed. “It’s hard to walk away from a model that lets you grow corn and soybeans in the summer, harvest in the fall and head for Florida in winter,” Soper quipped. Soper, 63, has returned to his…


Evening markets: wheat crop upgrade sees grains miss rally

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Evening markets: wheat crop upgrade sees grains miss rally It might not have looked that way in Chicago, but Wednesday was an upbeat day for risk assets, many commodities included. With minutes of a Federal Reserve meeting showing broad agreement for measures to ease monetary policy, and Slovakia deemed set in the end to get…


GRAINS-Wheat & corn futures steady in cautious Asia trade

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SYDNEY, Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures steadied in early Asian trade on Friday, though remained under pressure from news that big new supplies of the grain were to be offered from India. Trade was also watchful, after three days of falls and with no big surprises from U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement of…


Evening markets: US harvest, India exports weigh on grains

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Consumers had the rub of the cloth in grain markets on Thursday, although with a key US report due next week, traders were reluctant to mark down prices too far. One factor in buyers’ favour was India’s return to wheat exports, with the country permitting 2m tonnes of shipments from its huge supplies. (Although it…


Rain dampens hopes for UK grains harvest

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Rain has dampened optimism over the UK grains harvest, prompting farmers to harvest crops even consisting one-quarter of water, to avoid a late deterioration becoming evident in test results. "Frequent and often heavy rain showers" slowed harvesting to less than half the typical pace in the last week, with Scottish farmers now behind average pace…


U.S. grains tread water ahead of crop report, Fed speech

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(Reuters) – U.S. grain and soybean futures edged lower in early Asian trading on Friday as traders took to the sidelines waiting for a key report on the state of U.S. crops following a crop tour and a key Federal Reserve speech on the U.S. economy. Private firm Pro Farmer will release a national corn…


Black Earth yields raise doubts over Russia grains

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Black Earth Farming heightened doubts over rosy expectations for Russia’s grain harvest by revealing "disappointing" yields, after dry weather which, for much of the season, "was tracking the drought conditions seen last year". Shares in the farm operator, which has a landbank of 326,000 hectares, an area bigger than Luxembourg or most English counties, tumbled…


Grains close sharply higher

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CHICAGO, Illinois (Agriculture.com)–With plenty of support from falling crop ratings, talk of an upcoming ‘heat’ dome and favorable outside markets, the CME Group grain and soybean markets closed sharply higher Tuesday. The Dec. corn futures closed 9 cents higher at $7.43 1/2. The Nov. soybean contract settled 12 cents higher at $13.97 1/4. The Dec.…


Grains a better bet than soft commodities – BarCap

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Futures in grains, supported by tight corn supplies, are a better bet than soft commodities, of which only cocoa looks set for price rises, Barclays Capital said, in a report forecasting a "bumpy ride" for raw materials. The outlook for commodity investors "is more challenging than it has been some time", with volatility set to…


Russia grains optimism wanes, as German fears rise

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The revived optimism over European and Black Sea grains production hit turbulence on Monday with trims to hopes for crops both in Germany and Russia. SovEcon took a Russian crop of much above 90m tonnes off the agenda, after results showing a decline in yields as the harvest has headed north and east. While yields…


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