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  • Weaker rouble brings Russian wheat back to export markets Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    *Russia sells wheat to Egypt after export lull. Russia's international grain revenue is modest compared with its top foreign earner, energy, and the exportable surplus of wheat is running low. GASC, the state buyer of Egypt, the world's top wheat importer, said last week that it had bought Russian wheat at $256.43 per tonne on a cost and freight basis for shipment...

  • Oct 30- Mosaic Co on Thursday forecast record-high global phosphate and potash shipments in 2015 despite concerns that weak crop prices would reduce farmers' fertilizer purchases. Corn and wheat prices plunged this autumn to multiyear lows amid a huge but delayed U.S. harvest. Dan Basse, president of research company AgResource said on Wednesday in Winnipeg...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.3825 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.50 cents lower at $3.7175 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.5050 a bushel; while Nov soybeans lost 13 cents to $10.30 a bushel. Dec live cattle was. 85 cent higher at $1.6760 pound; Jan feeder cattle was....

  • Oct 30- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co's quarterly profit jumped 63 percent as it sold more phosphate at higher prices. "The improving demand momentum for both potash and phosphates that started in the fourth quarter of 2013 continued," Chief Executive Jim Prokopanko said in a statement. The company, however, said its phosphate sales volumes would fall to...

  • Fertilizer maker Mosaic's quarterly profit jumps 63 pct Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    Oct 30- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co's quarterly profit jumped 63 percent as it sold more phosphate at higher prices. The company's net earnings rose to $202 million, or 54 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $124 million, or 29 cents per share, a year earlier. "The improving demand momentum for both potash and phosphates that started in the...

  • Intrepid Potash reports 3Q loss Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    DENVER _ Intrepid Potash Inc. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $1.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share. Intrepid Potash shares have decreased 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock lower Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.3075 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.50 cents higher at $3.68 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.56 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 7 cents to $10.15 a bushel. Dec live cattle was. 53 cent higher at $1.6830 pound; Jan feeder cattle was....

  • FACTBOX-GMO crops have history of controversy Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    Oct 29- Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Colorado will weigh in on proposed laws that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops and sold in those states to be labeled...

  • *Ivorian cashew output growing by over 10 pct annually. *Country now world's biggest exporter. BONDOUKOU, Ivory Coast, Oct 29- Forty years ago, Henri Kouakou was struggling to support his family farming a small plot outside Bondoukou, a dusty town in northeastern Ivory Coast, when he first learned that money did, in fact, grow on trees-- cashew trees.

  • California drought takes bite out of rice harvest Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:48 AM ET

    WOODLAND, Calif.— California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers. The rice harvest is just the latest victim of California's historic drought, which has sharply reduced crop production as it enters its fourth year. California, the nation's second largest rice-growing state after...

  • Thai rice audit shows 70 pct of stocks deteriorating Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    *Audit results could speed up stockpile sales. BANGKOK, Oct 29- An audit of Thailand's massive stockpiles of rice has found about 70 percent is deteriorating and another fifth is inedible, leaving only one tenth of standard export quality. The findings in the state inspection will ramp up pressure on the generals running Thailand as they battle to offload grain...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct 28- Barring a sudden pile-up of grain across Western Canada in the next five weeks, Ottawa will lift requirements that railways move minimum volumes of crops, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said in an interview. Ottawa responded with regulations forcing railways to move about 1 million tonnes per week combined. If Ottawa lifts its...

  • Nebraska corn harvest still lagging Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— A federal report says rain in some parts of Nebraska last week slowed progress on the state's harvest. The USDA says 40 percent of the corn had been harvested, compared with 52 percent last year and the average of 59 percent by the date. The USDA says 94 percent of the winter wheat had emerged, compared with 87 percent for the five-year average.

  • SD corn, sunflower harvests lag behind average Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— A week of warm, dry weather has helped South Dakota farmers with the harvest, but much of the corn and sunflower crops remain in the field. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that nearly all of the soybean crop and nearly three-fourths of the sorghum crop have been harvested. The report says South Dakota ranchers are busy...

  • Harvests of most late-season crops near end in ND Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Harvesting of most late-season crops is wrapping up in North Dakota after a week of unseasonably warm weather and little rain. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the flaxseed, dry bean, potato and soybean harvests all are more than 90 percent done. The report says North Dakota ranchers are busy weaning and marketing calves.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 4.25 cents higher at $5.27 a bushel; Dec corn was 6.75 cents higher at $3.6975 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.6050 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 9 cents to $10.15 a bushel. Dec live cattle was. 22 cent lower at $1.6760 pound; Jan feeder...

  • Minnesota farmers make rapid harvest progress Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— The roar of combines filled the air across much of Minnesota as farmers made rapid progress on the corn harvest. Thanks to favorable weather last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday the state's corn harvest is 41 percent complete, compared with 16 percent a week earlier and is running only 10 days behind average.

  • *Nigeria seeking to cut dependence on oil through farming. ABUJA, Oct 28- Nigeria expects to earn $1.3 billion from cocoa exports this year, an increase of 45 percent on two years ago, after a steady rise in output that could help shift Africa's top economy away from its reliance on oil, its agriculture minister told Reuters. Akinwumi Adesina, speaking on the...

  • Illinois harvesting catches a break with weather Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Warmer, drier weather has given Illinois farmers a big boost in catching up on their harvests of corn and soybeans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week's corn harvest jumped 16 percent over the previous work, bringing to 59 percent the amount of the crop that's been brought in from the fields. The USDA says nearly two-thirds of the...

  • DuPont profit jumps as margins improve Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DuPont reported a 52 percent jump in profit as operating margins rose in five of its seven businesses.