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Crop-loss Indian farmers 'sell children'

Lal Singh was desperate. The farmer from Mohanpura village in central India's Madhya Pradesh state had seen unseasonably heavy rains and hailstorms destroy crop after crop, while he fell deeper into debt. Finally, last August,

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Iran buys 0.6m tonnes of wheat on premium

Iran's state grains buyer GTC swept back into international markets, picking up more than half a million tonnes of wheat to shore up domestic stocks as its crop expectations were pared back and to avoid unrest after next week's elections

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Cool snap, drizzle help corn crop

  Light showers in nearly all of the US Midwest crop belt and cooler temperatures this week will help stabilise deterioration of corn and soybean plants that have already been severely harmed by the worst drought in more than a h

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US drought crop damage worsens

  The worst US drought in more than 50 years has caused more damage than expected to corn and soybean crops, the US government said   The report has heightened calls for a suspension of ethanol quot

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Syria faces food crisis; conflict wrecks crops

Up to 3 million Syrians are likely to need food, crop and livestock aid in the next 12 months as the conflict has prevented farmers harvesting crops, the World Food Programme and UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday.

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Global wheat crops hit by harsh weather

Harsh weather from Russia and across Europe to the US will reduce the global wheat harvest and cut into consumption, the US government forecast on Tuesday, with the biggest losses in Russia. In a monthly update of the crop outlook in the U

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Indonesia cocoa exports fall 80pc

Indonesia's cocoa bean exports from the main growing island of Sulawesi slumped 80 percent in October from a year ago, declining for an eighth consecutive month, industry data showed on Wednesday. Indonesia, the world's third-largest cocoa

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Crop scientists fret about heat, not just water

Crop scientists in the United States, the world's largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat?     For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate

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Maize crop outlook cut

The International Grains Council on Thursday cut its forecast for global maize production in 2011/12, reflecting diminished prospects for the US crop. It also trimmed the outlook for consumption as high prices begin to curtail demand.

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Superweeds pose threat to US crops

An estimated 11 million acres in the US are infested with “super weeds”, some of which grow several inches a day and defy even multiple dousings of the world’s top-selling herbicide, Roundup. The problem's gradual emergence has masked its

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