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  • MOSCOW, Sept 16- Russia's ban on most Western food, the assimilation of the disputed Crimea region and people fleeing conflict in Ukraine are set to boost Russian grain demand this year, SovEcon, one of the country's leading agriculture consultancies, said.

  • USDA: Nebraska winter wheat planting near average Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 AM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture says below-normal temperatures, rain in the east and light snow in western portions of Nebraska slowed field work last week. The USDA said in a report released Monday that 26 percent of Nebraska's expected winter wheat crop had been planted, compared with the five-year average of 27 percent for the date.

  • Kansas farmers planting wheat, harvesting corn Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    Corn harvest has progressed to the 18 percent mark but remains behind the average of 23 percent. Corn condition is rated as 16 percent poor to very poor, 29 percent fair, 42 percent good and 13 percent excellent. About 2 percent of the Kansas sorghum crop has now been cut, about average for this time of year.

  • *Slowdown in China imports would drag on global soybean prices. *China demand for soyoil, soymeal hurt by tepid economic growth. "The first half of the year was the worst on record for the industry," said a Singapore- based senior official at an international trading company, which owns soybean processing facilities in China.

  • Farmers and analysts say the elimination of government incentives to buy new equipment, a related overhang of used tractors, and a reduced commitment to biofuels, all darken the outlook for the sector beyond 2019- the year the U.S. Department of Agriculture says farm incomes will begin to rise again.

  • Hops growers in Yakima Valley face worker shortage Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:41 PM ET

    But with seasonal workers scarce across the Yakima Valley, Cervantes last week unloaded hop vines by hand into the picking machine, an exhausting, dusty, entry-level task.

  • Grain mostly higher, beef and pork lower Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 1.75 cents to $5.0075 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.50 cents higher at 3.43 a bushel; Dec oats rose 6.25 cents to $3.5450 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 4.25 cents to $9.8950 a bushel.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 12- Cargill Inc, the top U.S. grain exporter, sued a unit of Syngenta AG in a Louisiana state court on Friday for damages stemming from China's rejection of genetically modified U.S. corn, which Cargill said cost the company more than $90 million.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 12- Cargill Inc, the top U.S. grain exporter, said it had sued Syngenta Seeds Inc in a Louisiana state court on Friday for damages stemming from rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China.

  • Since entering the race in mid-August, Silva has picked a pro-agriculture congressman as her running mate, met repeatedly with agribusiness leaders and campaigned in the farm belt, eager to make allies in an industry that accounts for a quarter of Brazil's economy. The fuel price controls have gutted Brazil's once-booming sugar cane ethanol industry.

  • Grain mostly lower, beef mixed and pork lower Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery fell 7 cents to $5.0250 a bushel; Dec corn was 2.50 cents lower at 3.3850 a bushel; Dec oats were 5.50 cents lower at $3.4825 a bushel; while Nov soybeans advanced 3.75 cents to $9.8525 a bushel.

  • Kansas corn crop forecast larger than anticipated Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— The latest government forecast on Kansas crop production is painting a far rosier picture than had been anticipated for most fall crops just a month ago. The National Agricultural Statistics Service predicted Thursday that Kansas growers would bring in 578 million bushels of corn this season.

  • Minnesota corn crop should be larger than expected Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota's corn crop should be larger than first expected. But while the U.S. Department of Agriculture says record yields will be set in 18 states, Minnesota isn't one of them. But it's shy of the 177- bushel record in 2010. Corn production is estimated at 1.36 billion bushels, second-highest in Minnesota history.

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Record yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, the top three producers, have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 11- U.S. corn and soybean production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a swift drop in Chicago grain markets.

  • Grain lower, beef and pork lower Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 2.25 cents lower at $5.1750 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.75 cents lower at $3.42 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5675 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 5.75 cents to $9.88 a bushel.

  • A 'very good' Va. apple crop hitting peak season Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has pronounced the state's 2014 apple crop "very good." Commissioner Sandra J. Adams says Virginia is the nation's No. 6 apple-growing state. The USDA reports that apples were Virginia's 15th largest agricultural commodity in 2012. Farm cash receipts totaled $54 million that year.

  • California rice farmer: Drought may make us 'quit' Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Rice harvest in the Sacramento Valley, Calif.

    The ongoing drought in California is cutting back the state's rice crop. It's gotten so bad, one rice farmer said they might have to sell the land.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 10- Retail giant Wal-Mart joined a group of volunteers counting corn ears and soybean pods in fields in the United States recently in a clear sign traditional crop tours are expanding their appeal from farmers and traders to all those with a stake in the U.S. food chain.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock lower Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.2750 a bushel; Dec corn was 1 cent higher at $3.4525 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.49 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 2 cents to $9.9475 a bushel.