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Weather Droughts


  • Cyr: Drought, Ethanol Mandate Equals a Big Problem Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    As a result of a Congressional mandate passed in 2005 and expanded in 2007, over 40 percent of this year’s greatly depleted corn crop will be diverted from food and livestock, and instead be sold at the gas pump. We are trading our precious, fertile acres of farmland for a small dent in our oil usage. We are prioritizing our goal to reduce oil dependence over providing food to people.

  • Can Drought-Tolerant Seeds Save the Crop? Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 3:06 PM ET
    A rotting ear of corn sits on a struggling corn plant in a drought-stricken farm field.

    The drought has been awful for farmers, but it could reap a bumper crop of good news for the seed business. With much of this year's corn harvest expected to be a disaster, analysts expect farmers to double down on seed purchases next year to get back on their feet.

  • How High Could Corn, Soybean Prices Go? Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 6:53 PM ET

    For answers, Jim Cramer looks at the technicals.

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    As the world’s largest importer of American agricultural products, China stands to get walloped by the drought that is ravaging US croplands. Globalpost reports.

  • Weather Extremes Leave Parts of US Grid Buckling Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
    A police car drives down a tornado-ravaged street March 3, 2012 in Henryville, Indiana. Dozens of people were killed as severe weather and tornados ripped through the South and Midwest on March 02, 2012.

    From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms, the New York Times reports.

  • Trading the Worst Drought in 50 Years Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 6:34 PM ET

    With large portions of the nation’s corn crop faltering, Cramer thinks investors should consider this stock.

  • Will Asia See a Repeat of the 2008 Food Scare? Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:32 AM ET

    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

  • Worst Midwest Drought Since 1956 Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 5:30 PM ET
    Worst Midwest Drought Since 1956

    Dennis Gartman of The Gartman Letter, offers investment advice for corn and grain traders. "I think corn might still go higher," says Gartman.

  • Dust Bowl 2012: Midwest Suffers Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 1:39 PM ET
    Dust Bowl 2012: Midwest Suffers

    The Weather Channel's Carl Parker reports on the worst drought in years, and the state of agriculture in the Midwest.

  • Commodity Check: Corn & Nat Gas Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 5:48 PM ET
    Commodity Check: Corn & Nat Gas

    The price of grains continues its rise on prolonged drought worries, and Mike Harris of Campbell & Company, checks the charts for an investment opportunity. Amelia Bourdeau of Wespac, discusses whether the euro has hit bottom.

  • Protein Shortage Ahead? Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 5:40 PM ET
    Protein Shortage Ahead?

    Carl Icahn upped his stake in Navistar, with the Fast Money traders; and Barclays and Goldman Sachs are increasing their price forecast for grain futures as corn continues to rally, with Jim Bower, Bower Trading. "If this weather stays inflammatory, and we keep dropping this yield down on soybeans, we could be faced with a protein shortage worldwide in the months to come," says Bower.

  • Drought Disaster Spreads Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 7:20 PM ET
    Drought Disaster Spreads

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and Jane Wells report on the agriculture department's response to widespread drought conditions, Merck's new osteoporosis drug, and the buyer of Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

  • Groupon Hits All-Time Low Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 11:50 AM ET
    Groupon Hits All-Time Low

    CNBC's Seema Mody reports Groupon shares have hit an all-time low at $7.80/share and some investors are trying to unload the stock.

  • Corn Yields Down, Commodity Prices Up Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 8:44 AM ET
    Corn Yields Down, Commodity Prices Up

    The summer drought is driving up commodity prices. CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest data from the USDA on global supply and demand.

  • Freak Weather Linked to Global Warming Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 9:16 PM ET
    Pigeons cool by a fountain during the heatwave.

    After the US baked in a searing heatwave and as Russia mourns the deaths of more than 100 flood victims, scientists have produced what they say is groundbreaking research linking climate change to recent extreme weather.

  • Drought Sparks Historical Commodity Rally: Expert Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 6:50 AM ET
    Drought Sparks Historical Commodity Rally: Expert

    A look at why commodity prices are skyrocketing as a result of this summer's drought, with Jason Roose, U.S. Commodities analyst.

  • Trading Rising Corn Prices Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Trading Rising Corn Prices

    The drought is driving corn prices higher, with CNBC's Rick Santelli, and Matthew Scharl, Genesis Research & Asset Management.

  • The Business of Wicked Weather Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 2:50 PM ET
    The Business of Wicked Weather

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the impact heat is having on U.S. corn crop; and Weather Channel's Paul Walsh discusses how the heat wave is impacting consumers.

  • Flooded containers in Klong Luang on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

    Hundreds died and businesses lost billion in last year's floods, caused in part by overflow from dams filled to hedge against drought. This year, Thailand is testing different prevention measures. The CSM reports.

  • Farm Fear FactorTrade Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 2:48 PM ET
    Farm Fear FactorTrade

    Drought, demand and debt are taking their toll on crop prices. A play on agriculture volatility , with Matthew Pierce, GrainAnalyst.com.