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  • Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    WEST, Texas— Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past.

  • GRAINS-U.S. soy up 1 percent on supply woes; corn weak Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    *Corn dips on forecasts for improved U.S. planting weather. "It has been an exciting week thus far for soybeans, and for the old-crop new-crop spreads in particular," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone said in a note to clients.

  • Grain mostly mixed, livestock higher Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 7.0175 a bushel; May corn was 3.50 cents lower at 5.0025 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 3.99 a bushel; while May soybeans was 7.25 cents higher at 15.0850 a bushel.

  • HAVANA, April 16- Cuba's troubled sugar industry has entered the final stretch of this year's harvest, straining to equal last season's output of 1.6 million tonnes of raw sugar as the summer heat and rains begin. Only a handful of Cuba's 13 sugar producing provinces appear in position to meet their plans with all 48 mills that opened still grinding.

  • *Wheat firm on U.S. frost, Ukraine crisis. HAMBURG/ SYDNEY, April 16- Soybean futures rose on Wednesday to touch their highest level since July 2013 after large U.S. soybean crushing figures raised expectations for tighter supplies. Plains, coupled with worry the political crisis in Ukraine will disrupt Black Sea grain exports.

  • California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

  • Rail companies to report fertilizer delivery plans Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:49 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops.

  • Wheat rises on weather, Ukraine; Gold jumps Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:42 PM ET

    Wheat futures rose sharply for a second straight day Tuesday amid cold temperatures in the U.S. and growing concerns that Ukraine's grain exports could be disrupted. Wheat rose 23 cents, or 3 percent, to settle at $7.02 a bushel.

  • Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:28 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Most years about this time, northern Illinois farmer Monty Whipple, like so many Midwest growers, would be riding high in his monstrous planter, kicking up dust while sowing corn in hundreds of acres. Farmers in other key corn-producing states— Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana— were equally idle, the USDA says.

  • *Concerns about Ukraine unrest buoy wheat futures. Wheat futures gained 3.4 percent, surging through the $7- a-bushel level, on fears that escalating political tensions in Ukraine would disrupt shipments of the grain from the key exporter. "The market last week was compressed on the China default news," said Dan Cekander, grains analyst with Newedge USA.

  • *Concerns about Ukraine unrest buoy wheat futures. Wheat futures gained 2.3 percent, supported by concerns escalating political tensions in Ukraine would disrupt shipments of the grain from the key exporter. "The market last week was compressed on the China default news," said Dan Cekander, grains analyst with Newedge USA.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock lower Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.7875 a bushel; May corn was 3.25 cents lower at 4.9975 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.0350 a bushel; while May soybeans was 19.75 cents higher at 14.96 a bushel.

  • Spring wheat, barley seeding behind average in SD Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Planting of spring wheat and barley is lagging behind the average pace in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that 6 percent of the state's spring wheat crop is in the ground, compared to 22 percent on average. Most South Dakota ranchers reported good calving conditions over the week.

  • Spring planting pushed back even more in ND Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— A week of warm temperatures and snowmelt has pushed back spring planting in North Dakota even more. The 10- year average start date in North Dakota is April 20. Stockwater supplies in North Dakota are rated 99 percent adequate to surplus.

  • *Dry weather in France, Germany seen threat to wheat yields. LONDON, April 15- Wheat prices on the Chicago Board of Trade edged higher on Tuesday, moving back towards the prior session's two-week peak, boosted by cold, dry weather in the U.S.

  • MANILA, April 15- Two state-owned Vietnamese companies looked set to win deals to supply a total of 800,000 tonnes of rice to the Philippines, the Southeast Asian nation's biggest purchase of the grain in three years as it looks to bolster dwindling stocks.

  • *Harsh U.S. weather, Ukraine tensions limit losses. SINGAPORE, April 15- U.S. wheat dipped on Tuesday after rising the most in three weeks in the last session, but losses were limited by concerns over cold weather hitting the U.S. winter crop and tensions in key grain supplier Ukraine.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- U.S. wheat futures edged lower on Tuesday after rising the most in three weeks in the prior session, but a modest drop suggests investors remain concerned about weather impacts on the U.S. crop and tensions over Ukraine.

  • Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 5:23 PM ET

    Markets in Chicago and Detroit were among those struggling to fill whitefish orders before the beginning of the eight-day celebration Monday evening, and a representative of a commercial fishing agency said the shortfall extended as far as New York.

  • *Corn follows wheat; strong export data lends support. Corn and soybeans followed wheat higher, with corn buoyed by strong weekly export inspections data. At the Chicago Board of Trade, May wheat settled up 18-1/ 2 cents at $6.78-3/ 4 per bushel, while the KC May hard red winter wheat contract ended up 22-1/ 2 cents at $7.42.

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