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  • Report: Kansas wheat production lowest since 1989 Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A new government report says this year's winter wheat production in Kansas is at the lowest level since 1989.. Kansas farmers planted 9.6 million acres for the 2014 wheat crop. The report also estimates this year's Kansas oat production at 840,000 bushels, about the same as last year.

  • The claim by Eco Agro Resources came in a court filing in U.S. District Court in North Carolina in early September in response to an August patent infringement lawsuit against it by Koch Agronomic Services.

  • Buffalo grain silos being turned into huge beer ad Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:10 PM ET

    BUFFALO, N.Y.— A cluster of 100- foot-tall grain silos in Buffalo is being turned into the world's largest six-pack. Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city's Lake Erie waterfront, home to several long-defunct grain elevators.

  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

  • No US 'chlorine chicken' in Europe Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 AM ET
    European Commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis from Lithuania speaks at the European Parliament in Brussels, September 30, 2014.

    The EU's nominee for health chief pledges to oppose the import of some U.S. foodstuffs such as chemically treated meat.

  • GMO 'superseeds' leading to 'superweeds' Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    The newest batch of crop seeds is setting off another debate over GMOs. This time, they're being blamed for an infestation of "superweeds."

  • Iowa corn, soybean harvest lagging behind average Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Corn and soybean crops in Iowa are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn crop is mature, well behind the five-year average of 70 percent.

  • Nebraska corn, soybean harvest lagging behind Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Corn and soybean crops are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly update Monday that 60 percent of the corn crop is mature, well behind the five-year average of 70 percent.

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly higher Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $4.8125 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.2425 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.34 a bushel; while Nov soybeans declined 7.50 cents to $9.16 a bushel.

  • But critics have alleged the technology could pose health risks, and while China allows imports of some GMO crops it is yet to permit domestic cultivation. China has imported millions of tonnes of GMO soybeans each year for the past decade to feed the world's largest stock of farmed pigs and to produce around 40 percent of the county's vegetable oil needs.

  • SHEKHAN, Iraq, Sept 30- For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq.

  • Dry, warm weather helps North Dakota farmers Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    FARGO, N.D.— Drier and warmer conditions over the past week have enabled North Dakota farmers to make significant progress on the harvest. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that temperatures averaged about a dozen degrees above normal, and the week was dry with the exception of limited rainfall in some areas on Sunday.

  • *Corn hits new 5- year low, soybeans at 4-1/ 2 year low. Corn had its first gains in three sessions after falling as low as $3.22 per bushel, the lowest since September 2009. Soybeans rebounded after dropping to $9.05-1/ 2, a 4-1/ 2 year low.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was 5.75 cents higher at $4.80 a bushel; Dec corn was 1 cent higher at $3.24 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2875 a bushel; while Nov soybeans advanced 2.75 cents to $9.13 a bushel.

  • California's crop harvest much smaller than usual Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops— from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds— are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

  • Refugees settle in thanks to small farm plots Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The rapidly rising demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has created a robust new market for refugees who fled violence in their home countries and found peace in farming small plots of land in several U.S. cities.

  • Sept 26- U.S. wheat exports should not be hurt by the second discovery of experimental Monsanto Co. genetically modified wheat growing in a U.S. state where it was not approved, industry leaders said on Friday, because the wheat is not believed to be in commercial channels.

  • Sept 26- Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

  • Sept 26- Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    USDA said Friday that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries to temporarily ban U.S. wheat imports. The herbicide-resistant wheat was found on one to three acres in Montana, while the genetically engineered plants found in Oregon were spread over more than 100 acres.