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US corn 6pc planted, stalled by cool weather CHICAGO: US farmers planted less corn than expected over the past week due to cool conditions in the heart of the Corn Belt, and seeding remained behind the average pace for late April, according to weekly US Department of Agriculture data on Monday.US corn was 6 percent planted as of April 20, ahead of the 4 percent of the crop seeded at the same point last year but lagging the five-year average of 14 percent, USDA's crop progress and condition report showed.Analysts polled by Reuters estimated that farmers, on average, had seeded 9 percent of the 2014 crop as of Sunday, with a range of estimates between 5 percent and 13 percent.Improving US planting conditions following weekend temperatures in the 70s (Fahrenheit) in Iowa and Illinois dragged corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade to a three-week low on Monday."With the conditions we had coming out of this winter, ...

US dairy insurance plan a template for reluctant livestock farmers CHICAGO: A plan in the new US farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices may become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance.The plan, called the Margin Protection Program, takes a page from the popular multibillion-dollar government-backed crop insurance programs for grain, cotton and other crops.In short, MPP will create formulas to insure against loss of "revenue" rather ...
US plans to sell Black Hawks to Mexico for $680mn WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Monday it has informed the US Congress that it plans to sell 18 Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico for $680 million.Lawmakers have 30 days as of April 17, when they were notified, to raise any objections. Otherwise, the contract will be concluded. The proposed deal -- announced a few days before a visit to Mexico by US defense chief Chuck Hagel -- is for 18 UH-60M Black Hawks with associated equipment, ...
US drone research site in North Dakota to focus on soil studies WASHINGTON: The first of six US test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research will start flight operations during the week of May 5, the US Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.The site in North Dakota will begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS essentially a tiny helicopter with the initial goal to aid agricultural research, including checking soil quality and the status of crops.Precision agriculture is one of many industries that are ...
Mexican troops free 60 migrants MEXICO CITY: Mexican troops Sunday released a group of 60 migrants trying to reach the United States who were being held captive in a home in northern Mexico, authorities said."Troops rescued 60 migrants who were being held against their will," in Tamaulipas state near the US border, a group of local officials said in a statement.Police rescued the large group in the town of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz on an anonymous tip; they said three people ...
'Easter Dragon' makes delivery to International Space Station CAPE CANAVERAL: A cargo ship owned by Space Exploration Technologies arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, with a delivery of supplies and science experiments for the crew and a pair of legs for the experimental humanoid robot aboard that one day may be used in a spacewalk.Station commander Koichi Wakata used the outpost's 58-foot (18-meter) robotic crane to snare the Dragon capsule from orbit at 7:14 a.m. (1114 GMT), ending its 36-hour journey.At ...
Kiesza grabs top spot in British music charts with debut LONDON: Female Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza grabbed the top spot in Britain's music charts on Sunday with her debut single "Hideaway", which sold more than 136,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said.Calgary-born Kiesza is a classically-trained ballerina and a former codebreaker in the Royal Canadian Navy where she says she began writing songs.She knocked last week's number one, "Nobody to Love" by London-based dance music duo Sigma, into second place, while a new entry, "Touch" by ...

 



 
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