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  • A rotting ear of corn sits on a struggling corn plant in a drought-stricken farm field.

    G20 countries are to step in to try and co-ordinate a response to surging food prices, after the worst U.S. drought in half a century devastated crops in the world’s largest agricultural exporter, the Financial Times reports.

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    The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

  • Bitter Battle Over Corn Syrup

    CNBC's Jane Wells has an update on the legal battle between sugar and corn.

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or gold? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months while others have significantly fallen off their highs. In fact, the a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities mostly traded in the U.S., is down 32 percent from its all-time high back in July 2008. So far in 2011, the CRB index is down 3.8 percent compared to an 8.2 percent loss for the S&P 500. Despite that trend, several in

    CNBC’s Analytics Team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities in the CRB index. Click ahead to learn about the hot and the not-so-hot commodities of 2011.

  • Corn

    Corn and sugar prices may have rallied on Tuesday, but for investors looking to profit from an agricultural trade, one analyst is putting his money in corn, over sugar.

  • Wheat Fields

    Markets have overreacted to recent concerns on oversupply in soft commodities, and the fundamentals do not support the recent sell-off, Sudakshina Unnikrishnan, analyst at Barclays Capital, told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Cotton, sugar and lumber prices have been on the decline in the last month, so how should investors trade each of the commodities? Sterling Smith, commodity analyst at Country Hedging, shared his best plays.