U.S. crops fall further behind

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CHICAGO, Illinois (Agriculture.com)–Monday’s USDA Crop Progress Report indicates the U.S. corn and soybean crop conditions continue to go backwards. For corn, the USDA rated the U.S. crop as 14% very poor-poor, 24% fair and 62% good/excellent. Also, 65% of the corn crop is estimated to be in the silting stage, behind 82% a year ago…


Durum price prospects hiked as US, Canada struggle

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Mounting fears for durum production from the key North American producers have prompted AWB to hike by Aus$60 ($65) a tonne its forecast for farmers’ returns from the pasta wheat, even as prices of other grains fell back. Australia’s former wheat export monopoly forecast that durum growers using its marketing pools could expect Aus$400 ($434)…


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…


Better fusarium resistance critical to success of wheat and barley varieties

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There is no doubt that the spring drought in some regions increased the build-up of fusarium head blight inoculum. Pre-harvest rainfall, as well as rain and humidity at flowering, will greatly add to that risk. While that doesn’t mean grain mycotoxins are inevitable, it sets alarm bells ringing, warns Paul Nicholson of the John Innes…


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…


Dryness cuts prospects for New South Wales wheat

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Australia’s top producing state last season may face a slump of one-third in its wheat harvest this year after dry and cold weather held back early development, leaving crops backward and "thin". New South Wales had been expected to suffer a significant drop-off in its wheat harvest from 2010-11, when near-ideal conditions took yields to…


Soybean product exports top estimates

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It was a mixed week for grain and oilseed export sales with corn, soybeans and wheat falling within pre-report expectations, while soybean meal and oil topped estimates. Physical shipments of corn, soybeans and wheat for the week ending July 14 were all less than what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the respective marketing…


Grains, oilseeds end week mostly higher

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Soybeans were steady to higher on technical buying and spillover from the higher corn and crude oil. Traders were watching the weather with the crop heading into a critical development phase. In any event, the near term supply is tight and demand looks neutral to supportive. Soybean meal was mostly firm and oil was modestly…


Floods, rail, wheat board: topics Bob Rae discussed with Saskatchewan farmers

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SASKATOON – Farmers in flooded areas of southeast Saskatchewan are still waiting for details on help from the federal and provincial governments. Interim federal Liberal leader Bob Rae says there is no excuse for the delay. He says there are programs in place so the government can quickly respond to disasters like the flooding that…


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