CROPS DOWN: Corn, wheat and soybean prices fell sharply Wednesday. Reports that warmer weather might emerge in the Farm Belt is easing concerns over a shortage this year.
SPECULATORS: Falling prices have been accelerated by speculative investors who are dumping their contracts.
OIL RISES: Oil prices rose after the Federal Reserve acknowledged that U.S. economic growth has slowed but should pick up again soon. Benchmark crude for August delivery rose $1.24 to settle at $95.41 per barrel.