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Rains' toll on Arkansas crops estimated at $175M

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Heavy rains in late April and floods in early May cost farmers $175 million, with rice farmers being hit the hardest, according to the latest estimates by the University of Arkansas System's Agriculture Division.

Farmers wait for flood damage effect on big crop inventory

posted: 05/10/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

With U.S. farmers bracing for a fourth year of declining incomes, grain production is poised for a drop. Just how much the smaller output will help to erode huge inventories is one of the main data points traders will be watching when the U.S. releases its monthly crop report today.

U.S., Brazil soybean exports climb

posted: 05/06/2017 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Soybean exports from the United States and Brazil, the world's largest growers, are the highest ever for this time of year, and demand is poised to eclipse earlier government forecasts for a record this season.

Monsanto earnings set record in quarter

posted: 04/06/2017 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed company, reported record fiscal second-quarter earnings amid signs that U.S. farmers are preparing to sow record acreage with soybeans this year.

State's cotton acres predicted to grow

posted: 04/05/2017 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Cotton will never be "king" again in Arkansas, or in the South, but its upswing continues.

Bird flu found at 2nd farm near earlier Tennessee case

posted: 03/17/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

A second case of bird flu in Tennessee has been reported at a chicken farm, heightening the threat of the disease in the southeastern U.S., the country's biggest poultry region.

Member defends position on board

posted: 03/09/2017 2:07 a.m. Comments 2

Jammy Turner, a member of the state Plant Board, doesn't consider himself a full-time farmer but believes he is qualified for the particular position he holds.

Wheat's cousin is sowing interest

posted: 03/08/2017 2:11 a.m. Discuss

A sweet, nutty-tasting new grain called Kernza is getting help from food giant General Mills, which is intrigued by the potentially big environmental benefits of the drought-resistant crop with long roots that doesn't need to be replanted every year.

Business news in brief

updated: 02/23/2017 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Pesticide collection set for 10 counties

Harvests hit by bad weather, bugs, olive oil prices to go up

posted: 02/22/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices set to jump by as much as 20 percent.

Farmhand crunch leads grower to increase pay

posted: 02/11/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

The biggest fresh garlic producer in the nation is giving its employees a hefty raise, reflecting the desperation of farmers to attract a dwindling number of farmworkers.

U.S. trade-pact step, veiling of research worry state farmers

posted: 01/25/2017 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The first few days of President Donald Trump's administration have left the agriculture industry in Arkansas anxious about the future of trade policy and access to scientific agricultural research data.

After pesticide drift, Arkansas lawmakers advance dicamba restrictions

posted: 01/18/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on new restrictions by the state Plant Board for dicamba-based herbicides that can be used on crops this year.

Rise in wheat price germinating

posted: 01/11/2017 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Wheat is the weed that feeds. The grain-yielding grass is such a hardy plant that it is grown on more land than any other crop in the world. After four straight seasons of record harvests, bins are bulging from Kansas to Western Australia and prices are near the lowest in a decade.

Vote at Monsanto OKs Bayer merger

posted: 12/14/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies.

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