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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Soybean planting in Brazil's leading agricultural states is only allowed after Sept. 15, following a period of three months in which the land must be left fallow to avoid the spread of disease in the tropical soil.

  • Copy of letter seen by Russia's Grain Union, Reuters. MOSCOW, Sept 5- Russia, one of the world's largest wheat exporters, said on Friday it was not considering grain export curbs as an option to balance domestic demand during the 2014/ 15 marketing season.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 5- Russia's Agriculture Ministry has proposed restricting grain exports in the 2014/ 2015 season as a possible way of balancing the domestic market, Arkady Zlochevsky, head of Russia's Grain Union, said. Russia shocked grain markets with a one-year export ban in 2010 when drought ravaged that year's harvest.

  • *Nigeria used to be world's number two cocoa producer. AKURE, Nigeria, Sept 4- College graduate Omatayo Adeniyi stands in a humid tropical forest of southwest Nigeria and explains why he chose cocoa farming over a white collar job in the city.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 4- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday, supported by initially higher cash prices while pressured by profit taking, traders said. October live cattle ended up 1.625 cents per lb at 157.050, and December at 158.500, up 0.500 cent.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 3- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures climbed nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, their biggest one-day percentage increase in 1 1/ 2 months, driven by strong cash price expectations for this week, traders said. October live cattle ended up the maximum 3.000 cents per lb daily price limit at 155.425.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 3- A pickup in fertilizer demand has brightened the outlook for North American potash companies who suffered through plunging prices and profits after a European trading consortium collapsed in 2013..

  • Engineered food fight spending booms in first half Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 6:14 AM ET
    Wheat grows in a test field at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon.

    Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent roughly three times their spending in all of 2013.

  • Sept 3- Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.