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…


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…


Lack of rain cuts crop conditions

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the percentage of Iowa’s corn crop rated good to excellent declined to 67 percent for the week ending Sunday from 73 percent a week earlier, due primarily to shorfalls of rain. The USDA said “cooler conditions have been welcomed by both crops and livestock; however, the desire…


Some farm areas of southern Minn. could use rain

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Some farming areas of southern Minnesota could use a good rain, while some farmers elsewhere in Minnesota would prefer drier weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop weather report for the state said Monday that northwestern and central areas of the state remain wet, with some crop damage reported from…


Bright prospects for seed potatoes – despite the rain

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THE financial prospects for Scottish seed potato growers may be sunny but the past month has been anything but, with field inspections of the crops being hampered by strong winds and heavy downpours. Physical conditions for those who walk the growing crops looking for disease have been very difficult, being soggy underfoot with shaws straggled…


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.…


US corn, wheat post falls on debt talks, forecast rain

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US grains futures fell around one per cent on Monday, hurt by forecasts for rain this week in the heat-stricken US Midwest and by concern over a seeming stalemate in US debt talks. Agricultural commodity markets are at the mercy of weather in the United States as corn and soybean crops mature, as well as…


Wheat, barley farmers say they need less rain

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Northern Colorado’s wheat and barley farmers say they need hot, dry weather over the next few weeks to protect their harvest. Farmers tell the Greeley Tribune they anticipate an average yield. But they say recent afternoon storms in the area are giving their crops "water stains," which can indicate mold. Farmers…


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