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…


Heat still a problem for livestock in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the heat and humidity continue to cause livestock deaths in Nebraska, while the growing number of grasshoppers is becoming a problem. The USDA in its weekly crop report on Monday says temperatures last week averaged 2 degrees above normal, with highs mainly in the mid…


July heat reduces Iowa corn’s quality

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The hottest July since 1955 has taken its toll on Iowa’s corn crop, with one forecast calling for a national corn yield this year no better than last year’s smaller yield. Iowa State University meteorologist Ellwyn Taylor said Monday that "with heat and humidity, the likely U.S. corn yield is likely to be about like…


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…


Excessive rain and heat affecting farmers

As customers dwindle at the end of the day at Eichelberg Farms, a sign looms over the produce from the barn door, describing the farmer’s hardship this season. “This has been the most challenging time in 32 years of farming,” reads the sign. “Killer rain in April and May and drought in June and July.…


Crops feel the heat

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EFLAND — There’s an old saying, it’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. But farmers in Orange County are saying, no, it really is the scorching temperatures. "If we had to tag one thing, it would be heat," said Morris Shambley, owner of Shambley Farm on Mt. Willing Road in western Orange County. Of course,…


Heat keeps the dairy markets cooking

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Heat continued to push the dairy markets on Friday, cash cheese barrels gained three-quarter cent on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while blocks added a penny. Class III futures continued to surge with the August contract gaining 22 cents to $21.32, just a penny below the July contract. The August contract gained $1.12 for the week.…


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