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U.S. farm profits to slump along with grain prices

Falling grain prices and rising expenses will drag 2014 U.S. farm sector profits to their lowest since 2010 and have resulting effects that include less capital investment and a moderation of growth in farmland values, the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.


Insights from a Rothamsted 171-year-old experiment

How a small area of ground can support multiple plant species with similar resource requirements is a question that has challenged ecologists for many decades. The Long Term Experiments at Rothamsted Research are a unique resource for studying this kind of question because the plant communities on the plots have had over 170 years to adapt to the different fertiliser treatments and are now relatively stable.


Ag markets turned higher at midsession Tuesday

Corn futures moved higher on Tuesday morning. Technical buying pushed prices moderately higher. However, sagging export demand tied to the strong U.S. dollar continued to add pressure to the market, thus curbing the gains. Stabilizing factors are harvest nearing completion at 94% in yesterday’s crop progress report from NASS, up from 89% the week before. That means declining hedge pressure as a negative influence on prices, particularly with farmer sales slowing to a trickle.


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