Big Corn & Soybean Report Due Friday

USDA reports soybeans have a pretty good chance this year — if it ever rains.


CANADIAN, TX - Cattle rest at a watering hole in a pasture July 28, 2011 near Canadian, Texas. A severe drought has caused shortages of grass, hay and water, in much of the state, forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nitrate-Laden Plants Pose Threat to Cattle

Ag officials warn cattle grazing on some drought-stressed plants are at risk of falling ill or even dying.


Photo: Getty/Willard Clay

Illinois Farmers Past The Point of No Return

Central Illinois crop insurance agent Rustin Godfrey says he’s been on the phone almost constantly with clients.


Field corn plants with wilted and dying leaves stand in a dry field in Idaville, Indiana, U.S., on Friday, July 6, 2012. Corn and soybean inventories before the 2013 harvests also will be smaller than the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated last month because drought is reducing this year’s harvest, according to the average of estimates in the survey. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Drought Will Push Up Food Prices

Food prices will be impacted. Dairy, meat and poultry, all dependent on corn for feeding animals


File photo (KMOX/Bill Reker)

Illinois Farmers Watching the Sky for Rain

Much of the corn crop could be past the point of no return, says Mark Schleusener with the USDA..


Aerial surveillance farming

Farmers and Ranchers Want End to Aerial Surveillance

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks, from his Kansas City office, didn’t respond to interview requests.


Hands of Monsanto biotechnology scientist using instrument to handle genetically altered plant seedlings, which will grow into insect-resistant plants, in petri dish at lab (Photo by Michael L. Abramson//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Monsanto Profits Soar

Monsanto says its fiscal third-quarter net income soared 35 percent.


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South and Midwest Farmers Faceoff

The half-trillion-dollar bill setting farm policy into the future outlines dramatic changes in how farmers are protected from financial and natural disasters.


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Could be More than Knee High by the 4th of July

Weather conditions around Illinois and Missouri last week were nearly perfect for planting.


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Army Corps: We Had to Blow the Levee

Corps officials say the decision to breech the Birds Point levee may have saved billions of dollars in damages.