Sep 19, 2011 14:42 EDT
PAOLA, Kansas (Reuters) - Farmer Mark Nelson bends down and yanks a four-foot-tall weed from his northeast Kansas soybean field. The "waterhemp" towers above his beans, sucking up the soil moisture and nutrients his beans need to grow well and reducing the ultimate yield. As he crumples the flowering end of the weed in his hand, Nelson grimaces.
Sep 18, 2011 11:13 EDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - Cooler weather has arrived in Arkansas but a severe drought lingers, bringing bad news for the state's hay and cattle producers.
Sep 17, 2011 17:42 EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hurricane that might be renamed Wicked Witch Irene has wiped out pumpkin crops in flooded fields throughout the Northeast, where farmers on Saturday were scrambling to meet demand before Halloween.
Sep 09, 2011 09:41 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - North Dakota wheat farmer Terry Weckerly applied extra fertilizer to his wheat this summer to coax more protein out of the crop. Flour mills and grain elevators were paying near-record premiums for high-protein wheat and he wanted a slice of it.
Sep 01, 2011 20:25 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Major U.S. grain companies have tightened curbs on genetically modified grains not yet approved by foreign markets, with some singling out one popular corn variety made by Syngenta, fearing any trace of the biotech grain in shipments could shut off export markets.
Aug 31, 2011 22:24 EDT
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged his agriculture minister on Wednesday to speed up the government takeover of land owned by Ireland's Smurfit Kappa in Venezuela.
Aug 31, 2011 12:40 EDT
CHESAPEAKE, Va (Reuters) - Virginia's tomato crop took a beating during Hurricane Irene, and corn, cotton and tobacco crops also suffered damage, according to preliminary reports.
Aug 29, 2011 20:23 EDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - Arkansas farmers suffered a severe blow from this spring's floods and stormy weather, with crop damage costing them $335 million in lost farm income, a study released on Monday said.
Aug 24, 2011 12:57 EDT
DEFIANCE, Ohio (Reuters) - Except for the spiffy Hunter rain boots that can cost more than $100 a pair, the fund manager was one with the crowd -- farmers and industry folk in a muddy corn field in the heart of U.S. grain country.
Aug 18, 2011 11:56 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A break in hot and dry weather in the U.S. Midwest grain belt, coupled with the historic trend in crop forecasts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, could spawn a bigger soybean crop than estimated by the USDA this month.
Aug 18, 2011 08:41 EDT
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Aug 17, 2011 14:03 EDT
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The historic Texas drought that has parched most of the state throughout the summer has caused $5.2 billion in losses to agriculture, making it the most destructive drought in the state's history, agriculture officials said on Wednesday.
Aug 16, 2011 19:10 EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - This year's blueberry season in Alaska's most populous region is a bust, thanks to a plethora of leaf-eating caterpillars, Alaska pest management officials said.
Aug 16, 2011 15:24 EDT
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday said his government must stop importing rice by 2015 as it works to make rice production a priority for Africa's most populous country.
Aug 16, 2011 12:00 EDT
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Kansas farmer Larry Kepley is almost out of hope.
Aug 10, 2011 04:02 EDT
TOKYO (Reuters) - Samples of rice grown in a town near Tokyo showed no radioactive materials when tested, officials said on Wednesday, a relief for farmers preparing to ship Japan's traditional food staple.
Aug 09, 2011 10:11 EDT
The EU is to invest 2.2 million euros in research on the new killer E.coli strain which infected almost 4,000 people and left 51 dead across Europe and caused massive losses to vegetable farmers.
Aug 08, 2011 03:12 EDT
Japan started trading rice futures Monday but suspended the market after the price of the staple grain soared on fears that radioactive contamination from the Fukushima disaster will restrict supply.
Aug 03, 2011 04:41 EDT
PARKES, Australia (Reuters) - Outback Australian farmers - hardened from dealing with extreme weather, fires and pests - now have to wrestle with modern trading tools and technology after a tough day tilling the land as they adapt to the rigors of a deregulated market.
Aug 02, 2011 12:04 EDT
CARROLLTON, Va (Reuters) - Last year, customers at Bella Fabrics in eastern Virginia paid no more than $9.99 a yard for the designer fabric they fashion into quilts.