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Apr 22, 2015

ADM could use drones from 2016 to get crop insurance claims data

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Archer Daniels Midland Co plans to use drones to gather data on crop insurance claims as soon as the summer of 2016, its risk services head told Reuters on Wednesday.

ADM’s Crop Risk Services Inc won clearance to use drones earlier this month from the Federal Aviation Administration, which currently bans their commercial use, and will begin testing the technology in the U.S. Midwest this year.

Apr 22, 2015

Corn touches one-month low, soy slips on bird flu concern

CHICAGO, April 22 (Reuters) – U.S. corn futures touched a
one-month low on Wednesday and soybeans dropped on concern that
a bird flu outbreak in the United States may cut feed demand, as
forecasts for favorable U.S. planting weather in coming weeks
also weighed on prices.

Wheat was slightly lower as early short covering support
faded in light trading.

Apr 20, 2015

Soybeans rise on Chinese stimulus, wheat rebounds

CHICAGO, April 20 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean futures rose for
a fifth consecutive session on Monday on worries about a
possible trucker strike in Brazil and as an economic stimulus
move by top importer China reinforced expectations of brisk
demand for the oilseed.

Wheat rose to recover some of its heavy losses from last
week, although gains were capped by improving soil moisture
across the winter wheat belt and weak global demand for U.S.
supplies.

Apr 8, 2015

US farmers take a gamble with belt-tightening as incomes slide

CHICAGO, April 8 (Reuters) – Bracing for their leanest
season in eight years, U.S. farmers are skimping on everything
from machinery to fertilizers, betting that they can go
down-market and yet maintain crop production and quality.

The belt-tightening has already squeezed sales of suppliers,
and farming experts warn the gamble can backfire: less robust
crop protection and less resilient seeds combined with some
rough weather could hurt crops this year and beyond.

Mar 4, 2015

Soybeans drop for third day, wheat falls on strong dollar

CHICAGO, March 4 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean futures fell for a
third straight session on Wednesday as a fading truckers’ strike
in Brazil and easing concerns about a farmers’ protest in
Argentina reduced fears of major South American export
disruptions.

Wheat fell under combined pressure from a stronger dollar,
which makes U.S. grain more expensive on world markets, and an
improving outlook for the U.S. winter wheat crop.

Feb 18, 2015

Farmers disappointed by restrictions in proposed drone rules

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. farmers hoping to use drones to locate lost livestock or monitor trouble spots in their fields were disappointed by what they say are overly restrictive commercial drone rules proposed Sunday by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Two of the long-awaited draft rules were singled out for particular criticism: a requirement that pilots remain in visual contact with their drones at all times and a height restriction that limits the crafts to flying no more than 500 feet above ground.  These constraints, farmers and drone operators say, would limit a drone’s range – and consequently its usefulness.

Feb 14, 2015

From cattle to corn, crude oil dive ripples through farm economy

CHICAGO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Craig Uden, who fattens cattle
for beef on his Nebraska feedlot, expects to cut his energy
costs by as much as a quarter this year because of falling oil
prices – a silver lining in an otherwise tough rural economy.

The lowest energy prices since 2009, which have already
benefited transport, retail and industrial companies, are giving
farmers a boost just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture
forecasts their incomes will plunge 32 percent this year.

Feb 7, 2015

Tempers flare as CME execs meet members over futures pit closure

CHICAGO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Dozens of angry CME Group members
abruptly left a meeting with CME Group Inc on Friday,
saying executives were dismissive and largely failed to answer
questions about the exchange’s plans to close most open-outcry
futures markets.

It was the first of two members-only sessions in Chicago and
New York to address this week’s announcement by CME Group that
most open-outcry futures markets will be closed by July 2 due to
dwindling trading volumes.

Feb 6, 2015

CME options traders see open outcry resisting fate of futures pits

CHICAGO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Traders packed
shoulder-to-shoulder in Chicago’s grain options pits on Thursday
were confident closure of the neighboring futures space did not
herald the imminent demise of their business, despite eroding
trading volumes and improving technology.

The CME Group Inc, which runs the trading rooms in
Chicago, said on Wednesday it would shut down most of the
open-outcry futures markets in July. Floor trading accounts for
about 1 percent of all futures business at the world’s biggest
futures exchange.

Feb 3, 2015

Glencore grain port venture to shuffle Brazil grain flows

CHICAGO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Plans by commodities trading
rivals Archer Daniels Midland Co and Glencore PLC
to jointly develop an export terminal in northern
Brazil promise to shift grain flows both within South America’s
largest producer and to Asian importers.

ADM will give Glencore 50 percent in its Barcarena export
terminal in Brazil’s Para state, it said on Tuesday, the
Swiss-based company’s first foray into Brazilian grain ports.