Latest Grain farming News

Man accused in corn rake killing testifies: I didn't do it

Sep. 20, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa hog farmer accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife says he didn't do it and doesn't know who did. The Telegraph Herald reports that 43-year-old Todd Mullis also testified Thursday in Dubuque that he didn't know who used his iPad to conduct internet searches about...

Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

Sep. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The field manager of an Iowa hog farm testified that a woman with whom he was having an affair told him last year she was deathly afraid of her husband — a man now accused of using a corn rake to kill her. Jerry Frasher testified Wednesday in the trial of Todd Mullis. Mullis is...

Lawyer: Man charged with corn rake killing irate over affair

Sep. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says an Iowa man accused of using a corn rake to kill his wife was irate over her affair and fearful he'd lose their farm if she divorced him. Testimony resumed Wednesday after opening statements for the trial of 43-year-old Todd Mullis. He's charged with first-degree...

South Carolina farmers say crops in danger as drought grows

Sep. 18, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Many farmers in South Carolina say a growing drought is threatening to devastate their crops right at harvest time and officials said there are plenty of indications the dry weather will spread. A special committee that reviews drought in the state voted Wednesday to classify 31 of...

USDA projects bid decrease in Ohio corn crop this year

Sep. 14, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that Ohio's corn crop will be down 34% compared with 2018. The Columbus Dispatch reports USDA statistician Cheryl Turner says that at 409 million bushels, it would be the state's smallest crop since 2008. Low yields are being blamed on an...

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork

Sep. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations. China will suspend tariff hikes on soybeans, pork and some other farm goods, the Xinhua...

World shares buoyed by fresh optimism over US-China trade

Sep. 13, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly higher on Friday, buoyed by fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank and hopes for progress in China-U.S. trade talks. Germany's DAX picked up 0.1% to 12,426.92 and the CAC 40 in France added 0.2% to 5,651.91. But Britain's FTSE 100 gave up 0.2% to 7,327.05...

US, China exchange goodwill gesture ahead of trade talks

Sep. 12, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China traded conciliatory gestures, raising hopes they can deescalate a standoff over trade that has shaken financial markets and cast gloom over the global economy. In Beijing, China's Commerce Ministry said Thursday that Chinese importers are asking U.S. suppliers...

Forecast: Kansas farmers to harvest record corn crop

Sep. 12, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new report forecasts that Kansas farmers will harvest a record 816 million bushels of corn this this year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that the anticipated corn production, if realized, would be up 27% from a year ago. Kansas growers are expected to...

Destructive weed found in seventh North Dakota county

Sep. 12, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The presence of a weed that researchers say can drastically reduce crop yields has been confirmed in a seventh North Dakota county, according to a state agency. The state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it found a Palmer amaranth plant in Emmons County, south of the state,...