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  • 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.

  • Report: Kansas wheat quality down Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A government report shows the quality of this year's Kansas wheat crop down from 2013, with just 73 percent of samples graded by grain inspectors getting the top No. 1 grading. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said Tuesday that 85 percent of last year's Kansas crop was graded as No. 1 wheat.

  • New Mexico's green chile harvest in full swing Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    LOS LUNAS, N.M.— The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is around the corner and the green chile harvest is in full swing. The seasonal attention highlights a growing demand for the New Mexico- grown hot peppers, even as the number of acres planted and harvested each year has been shrinking.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 9- Russia is looking to supply grain worth up to $500 million per year to Iran in exchange for oil, Russia's state grain trader said, in a further reduction to the value of a long-negotiated barter deal between the two countries.

  • Harvest lags behind average for many crops in ND Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Producers in the northern and central parts of North Dakota say persistent rainfall has hampered the harvest of small grains. The weekly crop report from the U.S. Agriculture Department shows that harvest for durum, spring wheat, barley, oats and canola all lagged behind both last year's pace and the five-year average.

  • South Dakota spring wheat harvest behind average Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Spring wheat harvest in South Dakota is lagging behind totals from last year at the time and the five-year average. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that spring wheat harvested was at 88 percent, behind the five-year average and last year's figure of 99 percent.

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.3350 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.50 cents lower at $3.4475 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.47 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 12.50 cents to $9.96 a bushel.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 9- Moscow and Tehran are in talks on supplying Russian grains to Iran in exchange for oil, Andrey Gormakh, first deputy chief executive of Russia's state grain trader, United Grain Company, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 9- Moscow and Tehran are in talks on supplying Russian grains to Iran in exchange for oil, Andrey Gormakh, first deputy chief executive of Russian state grain trader, United Grain Company, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

  • Winter wheat planting underway in Kansas Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— Kansas growers have begun seeding their fields for next year's winter wheat crop. Kansas farmers also continued harvesting corn between thunderstorms that brought rain to much of the state last week. The agency reports 12 percent of the Kansas crop has been cut, about 3 points ahead of last year's pace.

  • Why (most) US farmers aren't feeling so confident Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Three farm tractors in a freshly cut cornfield near Visalia, California.

    Crop and livestock producers are feeling down about their situations, according to a survey released Monday. Falling crop prices are partly to blame.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.3525 a bushel; Dec corn was 8.75 cents lower at $3.4725 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.45 a bushel; while Nov soybeans loss 13 cents to $10.0850 a bushel.

  • One country's drought solution: Iguanas? Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:37 AM ET
    What was once the Echo Bay Marina, sits high and dry next to Lake Mead in the Nevada section of Lake Mead National Recreation Area in July.  A 14-year drought has caused the water level in to shrink to its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.

    One of the hardest hit countries by the ongoing drought is Nicaragua, which is experiencing its worst dry spell in 32 years.

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. "We're a certified organic farm— except for our asparagus," Melissa Dunham lamented.

  • Organic dairy farmers: Milk price a top challenge Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    DURHAM, N.H.— A University of New Hampshire survey of organic dairy farmers shows that while the consumer will pay a higher price for their milk, the farmers aren't getting back much of a profit. Working with the Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance, UNH researchers surveyed 183 northeastern organic dairy farms.

  • BOGOTA, Sept 5- Colombia's coffee production will be between 11.5 million and 12 million 60- kg bags in 2014, up from a previous estimate of 11.4 million bags, the head of the farmer-funded growers' federation said on Friday, thanks to good weather and tree renovation.

  • Fear of a global drought? Get used to it Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A farmer walks over dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Zhifang Reservoir on July 29, 2014 in Dengfeng, China.

    The U.S. is not the only country suffering from drought. The lack of rainfall in countries like China, Colombia and Australia is raising alarms.