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  • *Corn stocks as of March 1 reached 7.7 billion bushels- USDA. The USDA estimated farmers will plant 89.2 million acres of corn this spring, above analysts' expectations for 88.7 million, and 84.6 million acres of soybeans, below expectations for 85.9 million. Corn stocks as of March 1 were 7.7 billion bushels, above estimates for 7.6 billion.

  • Corn plunges after disappointing plantings report Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    Corn is deposited into a semi-trailer after being harvested in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

    Farmers were seen cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, data shows.

  • USDA: Record soybean acres expected, corn acres to drop Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    The USDA surveyed 84,000 farmers in March to assess their planting intentions for corn, soybeans and other major crops. For example, in Iowa, the nation's leading corn state, the grain costs about $4.23 a bushel to grow when land, machinery and labor costs are factored in, but gets less than $4 a bushel when sold. Corn can still be profitable for farmers who own their...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers were seen cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government data showed on Tuesday. Corn stocks as of March 1 were pegged at 7.745 billion bushels, the second highest reading ever for that time of year and 136 million bushels above the average of market...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers were seen cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government data showed on Tuesday. Corn stocks as of March 1 were pegged at 7.745 billion bushels, the second highest reading ever for that time of year and 136 million bushels above the average of market...

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:11 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was 3.25 cents lower at $5.27 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.94 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.6975 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 1.25 cents to $9.69 a bushel. June live cattle was. 33 cent higher $1.5330 a pound; May feeder cattle...

  • BRUSSELS— Yvan Deknudt's dairy farm has been leaking money and he believes that things are set to get worse imminently. That's why he drove his tractor right into the big city on Tuesday, parked it outside the headquarters of the European Union and set fire to the flags of some of Europe's biggest food companies. The system is ending at a time when a soaring global...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets. The confirmation Saturday of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian...

  • Mexican growers offer 15 pct in Baja farm strike Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 2:49 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15- percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike. The Baja California state government said that thousands of workers had returned to the berry and vegetable fields, and that production had been resumed on 85 to 90 percent of farm...

  • That compares with USDA analysts' 2015 outlook last month that corn acres would fall by 1.6 million and soybeans would be down 200,000 acres. USDA also projected total plantings for the nation's eight major field crops- corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats- to be down 3.3 million acres from 2014.. USDA said farmers will plant fewer acres due to...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $5.0775 a bushel; May corn was 1.75 cents higher at $3.9275 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.7225 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 8 cents to $9.7525 a bushel. June live cattle was. 07 cent lower $1.5290 a pound; May feeder cattle was....

  • Syria taps world wheat market as stocks run down Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    *Syria draws on strategic wheat reserves for bread programme. ABU DHABI/ LONDON, March 30- Weeks after Syria said it had no need for wheat imports, the government plans to import 150,000 tonnes and has introduced ways to conserve grain stocks in signs of the growing strain on food supplies from conflict in the country. Before the war, Syria kept annual strategic...

  • Some Calif. farmers in drought 'survival mode' Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif.

    California is bracing for year four of a major drought and many farmers already are reducing acreage.

  • Dairy farms asked to consider breeding no-horn cows Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    While veterinary groups recommend pain treatment, only about 10 percent of calves are properly medicated, according to Vermont dairy cattle breeder Mark Rodgers. Yet, the change may come sooner than producers expected, as some of the nation's largest food companies, such as General Mills, Nestle and Dunkin' Brands, are asking dairy suppliers to incorporate...

  • CHICAGO, March 27- U.S. farmers will have another week to enroll in the government's new subsidy programs under the five-year farm bill, with the deadline extended to April 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. The final day for farmers to update their crop acreage and yield history, the first step to qualify for the new subsidies, will be extended to...

  • CHICAGO, March 27- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday it would extend the deadline to April 7 from March 31 for farmers to sign up for new subsidy programs under the five-year farm bill. The final day for farmers to update their crop acreage and yield history, the first step to qualify for the new subsidies, will also be extended to April 7.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $4.9925 a bushel; May corn was 1.25 cents lower at $3.91 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.7775 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 3 cents to $9.7150 a bushel. June live cattle was. 95 cent higher $1.5295 a pound; May feeder cattle was 1.98...

  • CHICAGO, March 26- A cool April in the U.S. southern Plains and Delta region will slow some planting of corn, soybeans and other crops but below-normal rainfall across the main crop belt should prevent any major planting delays this spring, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. "We'll see delays continue across some southern areas but when you get into...

  • India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    NEW DELHI, March 27- Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new...

  • Monsanto Co, which has built a $15 billion company on sales of glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide and crops genetically engineered to tolerate being sprayed with Roundup, has demanded a retraction and explanation from WHO. Monsanto officials have accused the IARC group of relying on "junk science" and basing conclusion on politics rather than sound science.