Corn, Soybean Rally as Adverse Weather Eroding Prospects for U.S. Harvests

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Corn rallied to an 11-week high and soybeans touched the highest price since February on speculation that dry weather during the next two weeks will erode yields in the U.S., after a July heat wave damaged plants. The next two weeks will have less rain than normal from Nebraska toIndiana, leaving about a third of…


Uncertainty, not panic, surrounding this year’s projected crop production, prices

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In an industry where the future is always uncertain but forecasting plays a key role in present decisions, 2011 is shaping up to be as interesting as any year in agriculture. As U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are releasing predictions on nationwide crop production and is compiling more information for further projections, they are doing…


It’s good news for corn, not-so-good news for soybeans

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IOWA – Corn yields are looking up while soybean yields are looking down, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released Thursday, Aug. 11. Nationwide, corn production is forecast at 12.9 billion bushels – up 12.45 billion bushels, or 4 percent from 2010. “Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, yields are expected…


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…


Iowa corn rating dips slightly

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The percentage of Iowa’s corn crop rated good to excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture dipped slightly from 75 percent a week ago to 73 percent for the week ending Sunday. The good to excellent condition rating for soybeans dropped from 76 percent last week to 75 percent in the latest report. “Soybean aphid…


Fresh crop of farmers markets is springing up nationwide

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  SAN FRANCISCO — If it seems like farmers markets are popping up like weeds, it’s because they are. New data out from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that more than 1,000 farmers markets have opened in the past year, up 17% from 2010. These markets allow farmers to sell their produce directly to…


Agriculture Dept. researchers publish data from tracking greenhouse emissions from dairy

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Federal researchers have finished a yearlong study tracking the amount of greenhouse gases like ammonia and methane emitted from a corporate dairy operation in the Magic Valley. The U.S. Department of Agriculture study is the first to look at greenhouse-type gas emissions from an open air-dairy operation, and researchers say the…


Wheat Futures Advance as U.S. Debt Deal Gives Commodities an ‘Early Lift’

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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 $7.2375 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade and was…


Soybean Genetic Treasure Trove Found in Swedish Village

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The first screening by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists of the American ancestors of soybeans for tolerance to ozone and other stresses had an eye-opening result: The world superstars of stress resistance hailed from a little village in far northern Sweden, called Fiskeby. The screeners, geneticist Tommy Carter and plant physiologist Kent Burkey, are…


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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