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  • ATLANTA— Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled. In August 2013, Black established a rule setting a packing date that he said was meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect a $150 million brand. Lawyers for Bland argued the new rule creates a new method for...

  • *GPS, IT systems lifting yields, shedding jobs. VILJOENSKROON, South Africa, July 6- South African farmer Cobus van Coller scans the flashing computer screen in the cab of his harvester. As a result of these two new methods, which are revolutionising agriculture globally, South Africa is growing more food with less manpower-- a trend with profound social and...

  • *Wheat loses as much as 3 pct, corn/soy around 2 pct. *Firm dollar, worries over Greece, China sap commodities. PARIS/ SYDNEY, July 6- U.S. grain and soybean futures fell sharply on Monday as lighter rainfall than expected eased fears about Midwest crops while worries over Greece and China led investors to shun many commodity markets.

  • CORDOVA, Md.— Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm— a job he now pays three men to do. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him...

  • *Corn falls 1 pct, soybeans down nearly 1.5 pct. Corn fell 1 percent, while soybeans fell nearly 1.5 percent to hit a one-week low. Chicago Board of Trade September wheat futures fell 1.82 percent to $5.79-3/ 4 a bushel by 0015 GMT, having hit a session low of $5.76-3/ 4 earlier in the session.

  • CORDOVA, Md.— Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm— a job he now pays three men to do. Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, says he would like to buy one for his Maryland farm to help him...

  • German minister backs K+S's Potash bid rejection Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 1:38 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, July 4- A German regional minister gave his backing to potash miner K+ S's rejection of an $8.8 billion- euro takeover bid by Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, saying K+ S should remain a German company. Tarek Al-Wazir, minister of economy in K+ S's home state of Hesse, said on Saturday he would support K+ S's efforts to make sure regional jobs and value...

  • Concerns over US winter wheat may boost low crop prices Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    Normally, the flood of new grain coming in at harvest time drives down crop prices, and with prices already low when the harvest began, farmers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas were worried. Wheat grower Vance Ehmke said cash prices at his local elevator in the western Kansas community of Dighton dipped as low as $4.50 a bushel last month but have risen to about $5.50 a...

  • Mow the lawn, help the planet—by good landscaping Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Sheep Meadow in Central Park is a mixture of four types of turfgrass.

    The U.S. is becoming a much greener place, but turf maintenance comes with a host of environmental considerations.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest on the state's popular, meaty scallops. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them. Maine scallops are beloved in...

  • This is how much Americans will spend on July 4 Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    July 4 celebrations mean some serious food and retail spending, according to a recent study by the National Retail Federation.

  • *Corn hits 2015 highs as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans end mixed ahead of U.S. holiday weekend. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said in a statement. The H5N2 strain has cost poultry producers around 48 million birds since early March, according to USDA figures, hitting Iowa egg producers and Minnesota turkey growers especially hard. As part of the USDA's plans, federal and state biologists will collect around 41,000 samples from...

  • *Corn highest since Dec. 30 as Informa trims crop forecast. *Wheat, soybeans rebound from Wednesday declines. "The latest forecasts shifted the rain to the wettest areas of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio and that is putting some premium back into the market for corn and soybeans," said Brian Hoops, president of Midwest Market Solutions.

  • Greek crisis hits olive oil, wine exports Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:21 AM ET
    Workers during olive harvest one step before oil mill in Heraklion, Greece.

    Greek's agriculture sector was already facing a challenging 2015, but now there's fear the uncertainty could disrupt the food and wine trade.

  • Grain higher and livestock mixed Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was unchanged at $5.8850 a bushel; September corn was 1.25 cents higher at $4.2375 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $2.7150 a bushel; while November soybeans lost 2 cents at 10.2750 cents a bushel. August live cattle was. 48 cent higher at...

  • California is a very sod story Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Sprinklers water a field of grass at a sod farm on August 8, 2014 in Lodi, California.

    Water restrictions due to the drought are hurting the once booming sod business in California.

  • *Wheat adds to more than 4 pct slide on Wednesday. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, July 2- Chicago wheat eased on Thursday to add to heavy losses in the previous session as signs of rising U.S. supply and strong export competition outweighed weather concerns. Chicago Board of Trade front-month wheat was down 0.9 percent at $5.82 a bushel by 1205 GMT.

  • South Korea turns to cheap spot crudes as glut grows Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 AM ET

    SEOUL, July 2- Refiners in South Korea, the world's fifth-largest crude oil importer, have stepped up spot purchases this year, buying at prices depressed by an oil glut as they run their plants at high rates to catch strong processing margins. "Refining margins are firm thanks to rising demand triggered by weak oil prices, which has supported higher throughput...

  • *U.S. soybean prices pressured by cheaper S.American supply Wheat ticks up after dropping more than 4 pct on Wednesday. Wheat edged higher as the market took a breather after dropping more than 4 percent in the previous session on worries about weak demand for U.S. supplies in the global market. Wheat rose 0.4 percent to $5.89-3/ 4 a bushel and corn added 0.1 percent...