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  • GMO 'superseeds' leading to 'superweeds' Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    The newest batch of crop seeds is setting off another debate over GMOs. This time, they're being blamed for an infestation of "superweeds."

  • Iowa corn, soybean harvest lagging behind average Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Corn and soybean crops in Iowa are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn crop is mature, well behind the five-year average of 70 percent.

  • Nebraska corn, soybean harvest lagging behind Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Corn and soybean crops are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn crop is mature, well behind the five-year average of 70 percent.

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.8125 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.2425 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.34 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 7.50 cents to $9.16 a bushel.

  • But critics have alleged the technology could pose health risks, and while China allows imports of some GMO crops it is yet to permit domestic cultivation. China has imported millions of tonnes of GMO soybeans each year for the past decade to feed the world's largest stock of farmed pigs and to produce around 40 percent of the county's vegetable oil needs.

  • SHEKHAN, Iraq, Sept 30- For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq.

  • Dry, warm weather helps North Dakota farmers Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Drier and warmer conditions over the past week have enabled North Dakota farmers to make significant progress on the harvest. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that temperatures averaged about a dozen degrees above normal, and the week was dry with the exception of limited rainfall in some areas on Sunday.

  • *Corn hits new 5- year low, soybeans at 4-1/ 2 year low. Corn had its first gains in three sessions after falling as low as $3.22 per bushel, the lowest since September 2009. Soybeans rebounded after dropping to $9.05-1/ 2, a 4-1/ 2 year low.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 5.75 cents higher at $4.80 a bushel; Dec corn was 1 cent higher at $3.24 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2875 a bushel; while Nov soybeans advanced 2.75 cents to $9.13 a bushel.

  • California's crop harvest much smaller than usual Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops— from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds— are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

  • Refugees settle in thanks to small farm plots Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The rapidly rising demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has created a robust new market for refugees who fled violence in their home countries and found peace in farming small plots of land in several U.S. cities.

  • Sept 26- U.S. wheat exports should not be hurt by the second discovery of experimental Monsanto Co. genetically modified wheat growing in a U.S. state where it was not approved, industry leaders said on Friday, because the wheat is not believed to be in commercial channels.

  • Sept 26- Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

  • Sept 26- Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    USDA said Friday that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries to temporarily ban U.S. wheat imports. The herbicide-resistant wheat was found on one to three acres in Montana, while the genetically engineered plants found in Oregon were spread over more than 100 acres.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.74 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.75 cents lower at $3.2425 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3125 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 8 cents to $9.1475 a bushel.

  • UN climate change summit: Politics are 'toxic' Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET
    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, center, walks down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, in New York.

    Another UN climate change summit has experts wondering if anything will get done and if the right measures to stop greenhouse emissions are in place.

  • California may restrict common pesticide Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 25- With a record U.S. harvest just coming in, the river transportation system that is at the heart of the nation's farm economy is overstrained by rising demand for shipping capacity, a low barge inventory, and a dilapidated lock system.

  • USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:37 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face.