Agriculture

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Diesel’s 100% surge denies farmers their ‘lifeblood’

A tractor drives through corn fields at a farm in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Corn prices rose after a U.S. report chopped estimates for yields, bringing down prospects for production this season. 775695654

Farmers from Iowa to Ukraine are grappling with surging diesel prices, forcing them to spend unprecedented sums on fuel.

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