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US farmers find oil price plunge no help as harvest winds down

American growers are missing out on the benefits of cheaper energy at a time when record harvests are driving down prices for corn and soya beans.


THE plunge in US fuel costs is coming too late to help American farmers stung by the lowest crop prices in years. Most growers buy tractor diesel as well as energy-based fertilisers and pesticides well before the harvests, which started in September for the biggest crops, corn and