Agricultural Website Now Open to the Public

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

US - VIVO, a web application used internally by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists since 2012 to allow better national networking across disciplines and locations, is now available to the public.

 

Organisations Protect Endangered Fish from Rice Pesticide

Fri, 21 Nov 2014

US - Organisations in the US have signed an agreement to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California from the rice pesticide thiobencarb.

 

Will Snow Decrease the US Winter Wheat Area?

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

US - Winter wheat planting progress in the US is now behind last year’s pace, and at around the slowest pace seen since 2009, writes Jack Watts, Lead Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market Intelligence.

 

USDA Helps Open and Expand Export Markets

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

US - The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has awarded funding to more than 60 US agricultural organisations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.

 

2014 Crops Still Well Below Average

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Harvesting of the bulk of the cereal crops has been concluded in the last several weeks.

 

Has Mongolia Wheat Production Recovered from 2013 Levels?

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

MONGOLIA - Harvesting of the 2014 main season crops, mainly wheat, barley and oats, was completed with a slight delay in mid-October.

 

Lao 2014 Rice Production Forecast to Decrease

Thu, 20 Nov 2014

LAO - Harvesting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop is currently underway and will continue until the end of December.

 

Protect Interests of Cotton Farmers, CCI Told

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

INDIA -Expressing concerns of cotton sales in the country, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has asked Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) to protect the interest of cotton farmers by ensuring procurement of cotton at Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the four cotton growing States, namely, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

 

Waiting for the Record US Harvest to Flow

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

US - A new Rabobank report finds that a late 2014 harvest and strong incentive to store corn has created an early season US corn deficit.

 

Workshop Focuses on Grain Storage Issues

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

US - Purdue Extension and the Indiana Grain and Feed Association are teaming up for a daylong Post-Harvest Update and Recertification Workshop in December to help farmers and other agribusiness professionals learn how to store crops securely and economically.

 

Big Freeze Arrived at Right Time for South Plains Cotton

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

US - The first major spell of cold weather arrived in the South Plains last week, about 10 days later than average, which was timely for finishing up the area’s cotton.

 

Can Wheat Defend Itself Against Viruses?

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

US - Wheat diseases could cost producers 5 to 10 per cent or more in yield reductions per crop, but a major advance in developing broad disease-resistant wheat is on the horizon.

 

Irrigation for All Fields by 2024, Says Indian River Development Minister

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

INDIA - All fields will have irrigation facilities in the next 10 years, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation minister, Uma Bharati said recently.

 

DuPont New Tech to Check Counterfeit Pesticides

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

INDIA - In order to fight sales of illegal and counterfeit pesticides, American chemical company, DuPont has introduced two new solutions to tackle the use of illegal pesticides.

 

Conference to Debate Food vs Feed

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

UK - Animal feed vs human food will come under the microscope at the National Farm Management Conference ‘Farming for the Future - delivering sustainable intensification’.

 

Dry Spring Affects Australia Wheat - But How Much?

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

AUSTRALIA - The implications of a particularly dry spring in some parts of Australia are now coming to light in terms of crop production; however it appears that things aren’t as bad as once feared.

 

US View of Sustainable Intensification at Farm Management Conference

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

UK - Gene Philhower, agricultural counsellor at the London US Embassy is guest speaker at the National Farm Management Conference in London on next week.

 

SEAI Launches Paid Marketplace for Members

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

INDIA - To help members to sell and promote thier products, the Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEAI) has lauched a new platform called marketplace to help the members to market their products, services, procure their raw materials and other requirement in Indian & International markets.

 

ICRISAT Helps Farmers Producer Organisations

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

INDIA - To make agriclutre profitable to farmers, Hyderabad based United Nations organisation, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has organised a one day summit agri-business incubation (ABI) programme for farmers producer organisation (FPO) in six states.

 

Anger Rises at Loss of EU Scientific Advisor

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

ANALYSIS - Last week the European Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker decided to abolish the post of chief scientific advisor.

 

EuroTier 2014: Farmers Face Their Challenges

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

GERMANY - EuroTier 2014 has far exceeded expectations, attracting 156,000 trade professionals, around 30,000 of whom came from outside Germany.

 

November Brings Momentum for Agriculture Investments Worldwide

Mon, 17 Nov 2014

UK - Agriculture as an asset class has caught the attention of the investment community recently due to the sector’s strong macro fundamentals.

 

US Soy Exports Hit New Milestones

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

US - US soybean farmers continue to provide their international customers with reliable, quality products, and those customers have once again rewarded them with big purchases.

 

Market Analyst: USDA Fails to Meet Trade Expectations

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

ANALYSIS - Mike Zuzolo discusses the major market developments this week.

 

New Common Agricultural Policy Update

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

UK - Further details of how the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be implemented in Scotland have been set out by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

 

Farming Unions Condemn Scrapping of Scientific Advisor Post

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

UK - The Presidents of the four UK farming unions have criticised the decision by the European Commission to scrap the post of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President.

 

How Are the Wheat Markets Faring?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014

GLOBAL - Despite a forecast rise in global stocks, US markets have resumed their upward trend, supported by strength from neighbouring soy and corn markets, writes David Sheppard, Gleadell’s managing director, comments on the wheat market.

 

Average Yemen Cereal Crop Forecast for 2014

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

YEMEN - Harvesting of the 2014 main season wheat crop was concluded in September while that of sorghum is ongoing and will continue until the end of November.

 

Support for Flexibility of EU Countries to Ban GMO Crops

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

EU - Long-awaited draft plans to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms on their own territory - even if it is allowed at EU level - won the support of the Environment Committee this week.

 

Light Leaf Spot Disease Risk High for UK

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

UK - The HGCA-supported light leaf spot (LLS) service forecasts a very high disease infection risk in all regions of the UK for the 2014­–15 season.

 

Call for Cooperation to Rebuild Markets

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

GERMANY - A call has been sent out to build cooperation between Germany and Russia to rebuild markets in the face of the current ban on agricultural exports from the EU.

 

Should EU Member States be able to Decide on GMO for Themselves?

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

EU - Should member states be able to overrule the EU when considering the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in their territory?

 

EUROTIER: Forum for 21st Century Animal Husbandry

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

GERMANY - On the first day of EuroTier 2014 in Hanover yesterday, the head of the German Agricultural Society, DLG, said the trade show had attracted 2,360 exhibitors from 49 countries, with a strong attendance from international visitors, with state-of-the-art concepts for livestock farmers at EuroTier and a market-place for information on all aspects of innovative energy supply at EnergyDecentral.

 

Several Years of Lower Crop Prices Predicted

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

INDIA - Grain producers should consider cutting costs to prepare for what could be several years of lower crop prices, Purdue University agricultural economists say.

 

Editors Comment: What Should We Expect this Winter?

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

ANALYSIS - 'Worst winter in decades' is how a lot of the tabloids usually put it, however, this year they may have got it right, writes Gemma Hyland.

 

USDA Reports Provide Some Surprises for Corn

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

US - Based on the worn adage that "big crops get bigger", analysts generally expected the USDA's November Crop Production report to contain larger forecasts for the size of the current US corn and soybean harvest.

 

One Year On Typhoon Haiyan Affected Farmers Bouncing Back

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

PHILIPPINES - One year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated coastal and farmland areas in the central Philippines, farmers and fishers are well on the road to recovery and building more resilient livelihoods.

 

New Zealand Minister Meets Indian Agriculture Minister to Increase Opportunities

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

INDIA - In order to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries in agriculture and allied sectors, New Zealand primary minister, Nathan Guy met Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh along with a senior level delegation.

 

'Outdated' Energy Sources Cost British Farming Sector Almost £300 Million A Year

Tue, 11 Nov 2014

UK - A new report out this week has revealed that the British farming sector wastes £300 million each year by using outdated off-mains energy sources.

 

What's in Store for 2015? Farm Economics Summit Scheduled

Mon, 10 Nov 2014

US - Record yields, pork virus and drought-ravaged beef all had a major impact on markets this year. How might this affect the outlook for next year?

 

FAO Food Price Index Stabilises in October

Mon, 10 Nov 2014

GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 192.3 points in October 2014, marginally (0.2 per cent) below the revised September figure but 14.3 points (6.9 per cent) short of its corresponding level one year ago.

 

Favourable Prospects for Burundi 2015A Season Crops

Mon, 10 Nov 2014

BURUNDI - The A season crops represent about 35 per cent of the total annual crop production and and planting of the 2015A season crops, for harvest from December, has just been completed.

 

CROPROTECT: Supporting Integrated Pest Management

Mon, 10 Nov 2014

UK - Farmers face a continuous battle against pests, weeds and diseases. To ensure efficient production, pest management solutions are required for crop protection.

 

Maize Prices Above Average Despite Decline

Mon, 10 Nov 2014

US - Chicago maize prices (May-15) have declined by $19.2/t since 1 July this year. May-15 maize futures closed at $154.6/t on Thursday (6 November), down $1.2/t since last Thursday’s close (30 October), writes Anna Lockwood, Trainee Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market Intelligence.

 

Video: A Farmer's Tribute for Remembrance Sunday

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

UK - More than a million men and women in agriculture did their patriotic duty by producing the nation’s food or fighting on the front line, during a time of crisis.

 

India’s Soybean Kharif Yield Up 21.70 Per Cent in 2014

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

INDIA - India’s soybean yield has recorded a 21.70 per cent growth during 2014 at 959 Kg per hectare as compared 788 Kg per hectare during Kharif 2013.

 

Record Volumes of Wheat Milled by UK Millers

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

UK - A record 641.9kt of wheat was milled in the UK in September, according to DEFRA data, up 112kt from the previous month and 16kt higher than the previous record set in September 2012 (which includes ethanol and starch producers), writes Arthur Marshall, Analyst, AHDB/HGCA Market Intelligence.

 

Market Analyst: Grains Find Support Towards End of Week

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

ANALYSIS - Grains find their support towards the end of this week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics.

 

Pest Encyclopaedia is Essential Tool for Crop Bug Spotters

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

UK - The Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field crops details both the major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping rotations.

 

UK Farm Buisness Innovation Expo Returns to Olympia

Fri, 07 Nov 2014

UK - Farm Business Innovation exhibition and conference returns to Olympia London from 27 to 28 November, promising new ways for farmers, smallholders, land owners and estate managers to use their land to bring in more money.

 

Improved Bhutan Cereal Production Forecast for 2014

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

BHUTAN - Harvesting of the 2014 monsoon season crops, millet, rice and maize, is currently underway and will continue until December. FAO forecasts the 2014 rice and maize outputs at 80,000 and 83,000 tonnes, respectively, slightly above last year’s good level.

 

Expected Floods to Ruin Somalian Crops

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

SOMALIA - After a poor rainy season, parts of southern Somalia are now being hit by severe bouts of floods, further aggravating the already alarming food security situation in the Horn of Africa nation, experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have warned.

 

Winter Weather: What to Expect

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

ANALYSIS - 'Worst winter in decades' is how a lot of the tabloids usually put it, however, this year they may have got it right, writes Gemma Hyland.

 

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American Feed Conference to Discuss Imports/Exports

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

US - Time is running out to register at a discounted early-bird registration rate for the American Feed Industry Association's 2014 Import/Export Seminar.

 

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Air Pollution in India Impacts Crops, says Study

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

INDIA - Air pollution has cut India’s projected grain yields by half, the research paper published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences said recently.

 

Bihar Posts 30 Per Cent Growth in Agriculture Production

Wed, 05 Nov 2014

INDIA - With attaining number one position in eastern region, Bihar state has recorded 30 per cent growth in agricultural production at 15.1 million tonnes.

 

Industrialisation Should Not Come at Expense of Agriculture

Wed, 05 Nov 2014

GLOBAL - Industrialization can be an important tool for poverty and hunger reduction but should not come at the expense of agricultural development, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

 

UK Government to Reveal Pollinators Strategy

Wed, 05 Nov 2014

UK - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Liz Truss MP is to outline the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy for bees and other pollinators in England.