Market Analyst: Markets Boosted by Weather

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - Markets have improved this week, supported by US harvest weather and Brazilian planting weather, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics.

 

India’s Vegetable Oil Imports up 21 Per Cent in September

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

INDIA - India has recorded a 21 per cent increase in vegetable oil imports for September 2014 at 1.04 million tonnes.

 

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Maintain Investment in Northern Ireland’s World-class Veterinary Science Research Urges BV

Fri, 24 Oct 2014

UK - Northern Ireland’s excellence in research and development (R&D) must be maintained through continued investment, British Veterinary Association (BVA) President John Blackwell has said in his speech to guests at BVA’s annual dinner at Stormont.

 

U-Turn on No-till Farming Debate

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - For several years it has been a constant debate. Till or no-till? New research suggests no-till farming may be the way forward - for now, writes Gemma Hyland.

 

£5 Million Boost for Food Security

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

UK - £5 million is being invested in UK businesses and universities to combat some of the world's greatest agricultural challenges such as food security and sustainability, weed control and livestock disease.

 

New Director for Agriculture at EU

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

EU - Christina Borchmann has been appointed as Director of "Audit of agricultural expenditure" in the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

Second Successive Year of Grain Surpluses

Thu, 23 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - This year will see the second successive year of global grain surpluses.

 

Favourable Conditions for Swaziland Cropping Season

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

SWAZILAND - Land preparation and planting of cereal crops, to be harvested from April/May 2015, is underway.

 

Solar Subsidies Cut to Safeguard Farmland

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

UK - A new move by government will help rural communities who do not want their countryside 'blighted' by solar farms.

 

Chicago Soybean Prices Ease as US Harvest Advances

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

US - Delays to the US soybean harvest last week provided some support for the market and Chicago Nov-14 futures prices rallied $18.28/t between 1 and 16 October, peaking at £355.09/t last Thursday (16 October).

 

Winter Crop Planting Almost Complete in Ukraine

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

UKRAINE - After earlier delays, 88 per cent of the forecast winter crop area for 2014/15 has been planted in Ukraine (as of 20 October), writes Anna Lockwood, Trainee Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market Intelligence.

 

Is Government Realising Potential of Waste-based Renewables?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

UK - The REA welcomes the report ‘Waste management in England’ by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Launching the report, Committee Chair Anne McIntosh said that “stronger Government leadership” is needed to “drive up static recycling rates in England and make better use of energy recovery options”.

 

El Niño Development Stalled, but Cool, Wet Winter Still Predicted

Wed, 22 Oct 2014

US - Though this year’s El Niño is now predicted to be a weak one, it still spells more a chance of a wet, cool winter for most of Texas rather than a dry one, according to the Texas State Climatologist.

 

Record Crops Mean Some Harvest Delays

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

US - Indiana's projected record corn and soybean crops will likely result in backups at the state's grain handling facilities and delay some farmers from harvesting, Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.

 

Bee Healthy Roadmap Released

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

CANADA - The Honey Bee Health Coalition recently released its Bee Healthy Roadmap, a roadmap to improve honey bee health through collective action that will accomplish 'more than any one group can achieve on its own'.

 

India’s Oilmeals Exports Down 43 Per Cent

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

INDIA - India’s oilmeals export has recorded a drop of 43 per cent for the first half ended September 30, 2014 (April to September) at 950,599 tonnes.

 

Editors Comment: Europe, Ukraine Leading Cereals Harvest

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - This year’s cereal harvest has generally been strong in Europe and Ukraine. Performance in the region was critical to counter some smaller cereals crops in Northern America and look to result in a record wheat harvest, writes Sarah Mikesell.

 

Chinese Food Prices Show Slight Fall

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

CHINA – Chinese farm produce prices fell slightly in the second week of October, according to a survey of prices in 36 medium and large cities by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

Nutreco Agrees to Offer from SHV

Tue, 21 Oct 2014

THE NETHERLANDS - SHV and Nutreco are together recommending a cash offer of €40 per share for all shares of Nutreco.

 

Mycotoxins: Farmers Must Be Vigilant

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - Mycotoxins can wreak havoc on a producer's feeding program, and this year is no exception, given the cool wet conditions across much of the US Midwest, reports Sarah Mikesell, 5m senior editor.

 

Video Shows Why Government Must Minimise Flood Risk for Farms

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

UK - A poignant video of a farming couple from the Somerset Levels coming to terms with being flooded last winter highlights why the Government must urgently invest to fill the £500m shortfall in the nation’s flood defence funding, the NFU has said.

 

Proposed Weight Increase is 'Step in Right Direction'

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

UK - The NFU has claimed that weight increases proposed by Department for Transport (DfT) are a step in the right direction but need to go further in the next phase to realise the maximum improvement in farm transport efficiency.

 

EU Export Commitments Escalate

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

EU - This week has seen a substantial increase (945Kt) in EU soft wheat export commitments, with the 2014/15 season cumulative total now at 8.4Mt, according to the HGCA Grain Market Daily.

 

Above-average Wheat Harvest Estimated for Afghanistan

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

AFGHANISTAN - An above-average wheat crop, mainly harvested in May/June, of about 5.1 million tonnes is estimated in 2014, similar to 2013 which was one of the highest on record for the last 35 years.

 

South Korea Rice Forecast at Similar Level to Last Year’s Near-average Output

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

SOUTH KOREA - Harvesting of the 2014 rice crop is almost complete. FAO forecasts the 2014 rice production (in paddy terms) at 5.5 million tonnes, 2 percent below last year’s good outcome.

 

Market Analyst: Grain Prices Supported This Week

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - Several market factors have supported grains prices this week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics.

 

How Does Crude Oil Price Affect Vegetable Oil Markets?

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - The fluctuating price of crude oil, including recent falls in price down to around $80 a barrel, are having a direct impact on the oilseed and vegetable oils markets.

 

Chicago Soybeans Futures Feeling Pressure as Harvest Gathers Pace

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

US - On Wednesday, the Nov-14 Chicago soybean futures price declined by almost $5/t on the previous day, settling at $349.95/t and is also, down from $354.45/t on Monday.

 

Historically High Yields for UK Cereals Confirmed by Defra

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

UK - Following last week’s release of the provisional UK production figures for wheat and barley, Defra have today published the oat and oilseed rape production figures, as well as provisional yield statistics for all cereal and oilseed crops.

 

Recognition for Professionalism in Agriculture

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

UK - A British professional accreditation for people working in agriculture has been launched by the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM).

 

Russian Trade Ban Discussed at EU Agriculture Council

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

EU - The 3337th Council meeting Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg earlier this week under the presidency of Maurizio Martina, Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy discussed the Europe 2020 strategy, international trade issues, African swine fever and the Russian ban on agricultural products.

 

How Do We Increase Food Production and Support Renewables?

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

EU - Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70 per cent by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture.

 

Cambodia Rice Forecast Down

Fri, 17 Oct 2014

CAMBODIA - Planting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which normally accounts for about 80 per cent of annual production, is almost complete.

 

World Food Day: How Family Farmers are Improving Food Security in Brazil

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

BRAZIL - World Food Day on October 16th draws attention to the 805 million people who are chronically undernourished around the globe.

 

Massey Ferguson: MF 5610 Tractor Journeys to South Pole

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Massey Ferguson announced the MF 5610 tractor set to journey to the South Pole in six weeks’ time has successfully completed stringent tests in Iceland.

 

Call For Innovation on Family Farms

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

GLOBAL – Family farming underpins food security on a world level and must be led by innovation going forward.

 

Watch: NFU Releases Video on Protecting UK Wildlife, Environment

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

UK - The NFU releases a new video today to show how much farmers across England do to protect wildlife and the environment.

 

Special Report: How is Ebola Impacting the Global Food Situation?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

GLOBAL - In Western Africa, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has disrupted markets, farming activities and livelihoods, seriously affecting the food security situation of large numbers of people.

 

How Many Acres of Corn Are Needed in 2015?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014

US - One of the functions of crop markets is to direct planting decisions of US producers. The market's assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is complicated and continually changes, writes Darrel Good.

 

Grain Market Daily: US Farmers Struggling to Harvest Much Awaited Maize Crop

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

GLOBAL - The size of this year’s US maize crop has been a big bearish factor for the grain market with current USDA forecasts pointing to a record 367.68Mt or 37 per cent of the total global crop, writes Jack Watts, Lead Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market Intelligence.

 

Protect Soils and Safeguard Global Food Security

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

GLOBAL - BBSRC and NERC are working together, with partners, to fund three new initiatives to improve our understanding of soils, which are key to tackling many of today's global challenges, including food, water, and energy security, and climate change.

 

Research Paves Way for New Generation of Fungicides

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

UK - BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Exeter have provided novel insights into the mechanisms by which pathogenic fungi avoid the immune responses of the plants they attack.

 

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NNFCC Publishes Update to Report, ‘AD Deployment in the UK'

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

UK - NNFCC have announced the publication of an update to their April 2014 report ‘Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Deployment in the United Kingdom,’ as there has been substantial activity in the AD sector in the last six months.

 

Editors Comment: What Are Rabobank's 10 Big Ideas to Boost Global Food Production?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - In a new report, Rabobank says innovation in food and agribusiness should focus on improved technologies and new business models, writes Sarah Mikesell.

 

New ‘Grain Market Daily’ Update Announced

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

UK - The AHDB/HGCA Cereals and Oilseeds Market Intelligence team has announced a new market product providing daily markets information.

 

Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects Boosted by Research

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

US - The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 

Harvest Focus: How Have Northern Hemisphere Cereals Fared?

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - The year’s cereal harvest has generally been strong with European and Ukrainian growers leading the way.

 

CME Group Cuts Workforce by 5 Per Cent

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

US - As part of its recently announced restructuring, CME Group said it will reduce the company's global workforce this week by roughly 5 percent or about 150 positions.

 

Agricultural Exhibitions Showcasing New Technologies

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

UK - Technology has changed the way the world operates and farming is no exception.

 

2014 Red Winter Wheat Crop Hardest Hit by Fusarium Head Blight

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

CANADA - The program manager for quality assurance with the Canadian Grain Commission reports 2014 has been one of the worst years ever for fusarium head blight damage in winter wheat, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Time it Right for Light Leaf Spot Control

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

UK - Getting the timing right for effective light leaf spot control is crucial, according to the latest fungicide performance information from HGCA.

 

Challenges and Opportunities for Irish Agriculture

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

IRELAND - It is an exciting time in Agriculture notwithstanding the challenges currently facing certain enterprises. Teagasc’s integrated research, education and advisory services are providing the science to underpin the future development of the Irish agriculture and food industry.

 

Promising Outlook for Scottish Cereal Harvest

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

SCOTLAND, UK - Scotland’s 2014 cereal harvest is estimated to be the largest in 20 years, with favourable conditions expected to produce more than three million tonnes of cereals.

 

Automated Imaging System Helping Improve Crops

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

US - Plant scientists are working to improve important food crops such as rice, maize, and beans to meet the food needs of a growing world population. However, boosting crop output will require improving more than what can be seen of these plants above the ground.

 

Ebola Threatens Global Food Security

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

GLOBAL - FAO has launched a new programme to urgently assist 90 000 vulnerable households in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone whose food supplies and livelihoods are threatened by the disruptive effect the Ebola epidemic is having on rural economies, agricultural activities and markets.

 

$1.3 Million Funding Boost for Precision Ag Startup

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

US - Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agricultural startup, received $1.3 million from multiple investors and venture programs to further develop an online pest management program, an electronic insect trapping device and to expand its business capabilities.

 

'Exceptional' Levels of Fusarium Infection This Year

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

CANADA - High levels of fusarium head blight infection in this year's winter wheat crop is creating a significant challenge for those planning to feed the grain to livestock, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Pakistan Announces Cotton Support Price

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

PAKISTAN - The Government of Pakistan has announced a seed cotton support price of 34 cents per pound for the upcoming harvest, a significant increase over the prevailing farm price of 26 cents per pound.