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Registor for AFIA's Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing Course

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

US - Registration is now open for AFIA-500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing. The distance education program is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and Kansas State University, and is ideal for individuals at all levels interested in gaining a better understanding of the feed manufacturing process.

 

Ukrainian Poultry Meat Company Reports Rising Sales

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

UKRAINE - The new CEO of MHP S.A. reports strong performance by the company in the first half of 2014 as it increased overall output and sales of poultry – both in Ukraine and for export – and sunflower oil.

 

Crop Residue Offers Sustainable, Global Solutions

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS - Farmers are finding that removing crop residue can improve their soil conditions and increase their yield, reports Sarah Mikesell live from the Farm Progress Show held in Boone, Iowa, USA

 

Barley Studied as a High-protein Fish Food

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

US - A process that improves the nutritional value of barley for use in fish feed has been developed by scientists at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Montana Microbial Products LLC (MMP) of Missoula, Montana.

 

China Approves Exports of Brazilian Corn and Soy

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

BRAZIL - China has approved the import of 10 varieties of Brazilian corn and soybean.

 

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Indian Soybean 2014 Kharif Cultivation Down 9 Per Cent

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

INDIA - Indian soybean kharif cultivation has recorded a drop of 9 per cent during 2014 at 10.90 million hectares.

 

Fusarium Head Blight Downgrades Winter Wheat

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

CANADA - The executive director of Winter Cereals Canada says fusarium head blight has been the biggest factor affecting the quality of this year's winter wheat crop, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

New Study Charts Global Invasion of Crop Pests

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - Many of the world's most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a new study led by the University of Exeter.

 

Cherkizovo Group Profits Return to Normal

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

RUSSIA - After experiencing difficult trading conditions in the first six months of last year, meat and grain giant, Cherkizovo Group, has reported net profits for the first half of 2014 at US$115 million.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Market Place at Ease

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

GLOBAL - The market place is at least temporarily a bit more at ease early Friday, despite rising tensions in the Russia-Ukraine confrontation. As fighting continues in Eastern Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin has denied his troops are involved in the matter, despite NATO satellite photos that suggest otherwise.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Futures Closed Up Thursday

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 4 1/4 cents at $3.69 1/4 Thursday. Prices closed near the session high today on short covering in a bear market. Bears are still in firm overall technical control.

 

China Produces Slightly Less Early Rice in 2014

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

CHINA - China produced 34.01 million tonnes of early rice in 2014, a decrease of 125,000 tonnes, or 0.4 per cent, from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Friday in a statement.

 

Uganda in Talks with China to Boost Agricultural productivity

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

CHINA - The Ugandan government is in talks with China to boost agricultural production in the East African country, Uganda's minister of agriculture Tress Buchanayandi said Thursday.

 

I am Farmland Campaign at Farm Progress Show

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

US - US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA) is launching a new campaign entitled I am Farmland geared to help support the expanded distribution of Farmland, a new feature length documentary about the lives of young farmers and ranchers.

 

NFU Urges Administration to Finalise RFS Rule

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

US - National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson urged the Administration to act quickly on finalising the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule and reiterated the importance of the RFS goals to family farmers and the rural economies they support.

 

Weed Resistance: Concern Growing over Global Issue

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

ANALYSIS - Weed resistance is a growing issue around the globe. Aaron Hager, associate professor of weed science at the University of Illinois, shares global challenges that growers are facing regarding weed management.

 

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Swaziland is Moving Towards Commercial Farming

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

GLOBAL - a major effort to revitalise agriculture in Swaziland, the government, the European Union and FAO have helped over 20,000 smallholder farmers produce more, higher-quality food and connect with new markets. Agriculture is on its way to become a key driver of Swaziland’s development.

 

Immediate EU Response Needed for Russian Exports Ban

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

IRELAND - Irish Farmers Association (IFA) President Eddie Downey has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, to take immediate steps to force an effective response from the EU Commissioner for Agriculture, to the Russian ban on food exports.

 

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Colombia’s Appetite for US Corn Remains Strong

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

COLOMBIA - US corn exports to Colombia have dominated the market against Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) competitors.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Futures Closed Steady on Wednesday

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

US - December corn futures closed steady at $3.65 Wednesday. Prices closed near the session high today. Not much new as the bears are in solid overall technical control.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: 'Risk-Off' Day in the Market place

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

GLOBAL - It’s a “risk-off” day in the market place Thursday following reports the Ukrainian president said the Russian military has invaded his country and is occupying eastern Ukraine towns and villages. There is reportedly ongoing fighting between the Russian and Ukraine armies. A Russian official denied that Russian troops are in eastern Ukraine.

 

Researchers Find Boron Facilitates Stem Cell Growth and Development in Corn

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

US - Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of reduced crop yield. Missouri and the eastern half of the United States are plagued by boron deficient soil and, often, corn and soybean farmers are required to supplement their soil with boron; however, little is known about the ways in which corn plants utilize the essential nutrient.

 

Georgia’s Corn Acreage Expected to Shrink

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

US – Some Georgia corn growers won’t cover costs this year if harvest yields meet US Department of Agriculture expectations.

 

New Guide Helps Farmers Control Pests, Diseases in Hops Fields

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

US - Farmers interested in learning in-depth information on how to protect their hops from weeds, diseases and insects can find information on integrated pest management in a new Purdue Extension guide.

 

Significant Moisture Deficit Affects Rwanda's Crops

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

RWANDA - Harvesting of 2014B season crops was concluded in July and production is estimated at below average levels. In some eastern agro-pastoral areas, where moisture deficits have been significant, maize and beans output is reported to be about 50 per cent below average.

 

Conflict Will Not Make Ukraine Hungry

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

UKRAINE – Ukraine will not be allowed to go without food, agriculture minister Igor Shvaika has declared on live television.

 

Indian Soybean 2014 Kharif Cultivation Down

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

INDIA - Indian soybean kharif cultivation has recorded a drop of nine per cent during 2014 at 10.90 million hectares.

 

Raw Sugar Export Subsidy Undergoes Revision

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

INDIA - The Ministry of Consumer Affairs revised the raw sugar subsidy to $55.09 (INR 3,371) per metric ton (MT), which is applicable from 1 August 2014 to 30 September 2014.

 

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

CHINA - The prices of farm produce in China rose slightly last week according to a survey of 36 large and medium-sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Market Place Expected to Remain Subdued

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

GLOBAL - The market place was again quieter overnight and could remain subdued the rest of this week, ahead of the unofficial end of summer that comes with the approaching U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Futures Closed Down Tuesday

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 2 3/4 cents at $3.64 1/2 Tuesday. Prices closed near mid-range and hit a two-week low today.

 

Farmers Issue Support Plea After Russian Ban

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

EU – European farmers have called for extra support from the Common Agricultural Policy in response to Russia’s import ban.

 

New Smartphone App Helps Speed Up Seed Exportation

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

AUSTRALIA - A new Smartphone app has been designed to help farmers and seed exporters get their product to market faster.

 

New Gene Technology in Crambe Leads to Better Oil Crop

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

NETHERLANDS - It is possible to apply genetic modification to the crop crambe so it meets market demands and takes into account what modern society wants. These are the results of research for which Weicong Qi will receive his PhD on 27 August at Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR.

 

Economist: India is Shining Star in BRIC

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

ANALYSIS - India is now a bright spot in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) emerging markets, reports Sarah Mikesell, 5m senior editor, live from the Farm Progress Show held near Boone, Iowa, USA.

 

Below-average Cereal Harvest Gathered in 2014

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

MOROCCO - The 2014 grain harvest is concluded. Being largely rainfed, cereal production in Morocco is highly variable. Dry conditions in autumn 2013 slowed down wheat planting. Compared to previous year, about 15 per cent less land was planted to cereals. Despite generally favourable weather conditions later in the season, yields were not sufficient to offset the area reduction.

 

Jammu and Kashmir Get Saffron Park

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

INDIA - In order to promote saffron production and quality in the state, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has laid the foundation stone of a saffron park at Pampore, Pulwama with an investment of $ 4.20 million.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Market Place Quieter Overnight

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

GLOBAL - The market place was quieter overnight and could remain subdued the rest of this week, ahead of the unofficial end of summer that comes with the approaching US Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Futures Closed Down Monday

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 4 cents at $3.67 1/2 Monday. Prices closed near mid-range. It’s been a great growing season so far for the U.S. corn crop, with a record yield likely.

 

Drought Affects Iran's Wheat Production

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

IRAN - The 2014 wheat harvest was completed in July although final production estimates are not yet available. However, preliminary forecast puts the 2014 wheat production at 13 million tonnes, seven per cent lower than the 2013 wheat harvest due mainly to drought conditions that affected yields.

 

Is CAP Info to Farmers Lacking Vital Details?

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

SCOTLAND, UK - Growers in Scotland have begun planting crops that will be harvested under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regime yet they still have not been told what all the rules will be on the so called ‘greening’ measures.

 

Young Farmers Urged to 'Seize Golden Opportunity'

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

UK - The NFU is encouraging young members of the farming industry to apply for the Cereals Development Programme to be in with a chance of gaining a full range of knowledge and experience in the arable sector.

 

India’s Kharif Sowing Down to 93.5 MN Hectare

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

INDIA - India’s kharif sowing season has recorded a drop of 4 million hectares at 93.5 million hectares as on August 22, 2014 during the 2014-15 period.

 

Looking for a Corn Consumption Response

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

US - In the newsletter of August 11, the prospects for corn consumption to respond to lower prices during the 2014-15 marketing year and the potential for a subsequent price recovery were discussed, writes Darrel Good.

 

Improved Farming Practices in Africa Helps Millions of Farmers Triple Yields

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

AFRICA - A new report finds that over the last five years, 1.7 million African farmers in 13 countries have embraced farming practices that have rejuvenated 1.6 million hectares and helped them double or even triple crop yields.

 

Hope for Improved Wheat Harvests as Genome Sequence of Soil Bacterium Completed

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

EU - The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) together with the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (UNRC), Instituto de Agrobiotecnologica Rossario (INDEAR), and other European partners, have completed the genome sequence of a model strain of the soil bacterium Azospirillum brasilense to help improve farming productivity.

 

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Egypt Seeks Wheat Self-sufficiency by 2017, Says Ag Minister

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

EGYPT - Egypt is targeting self-sufficiency in wheat production by 75 per cent by the end of 2017, Agriculture Minister Adel al-Beltagy said Saturday.

 

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rising

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

CHINA - Farm produce prices in China rose slightly during the week of 11-17 August according to a survey of production in 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

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Pakistan Reports Surge in Cotton Prices

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

PAKISTAN - Price of cotton bounced back by Rs.100 per maund (37.324 kilograms) to Rs.5,600 per maund at the local open markets, as the demand for the commodity remained high, a dealer said last week (Thursday, 21 August).

 

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Multi-millon Dollar Plant for Rarawai Mill

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

FIJI - Fiji's sugar will industry will soon have a $70m co-generation power plant at the Rarawai Mill in Ba.

 

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Western Australian Farmers Sow Record Amounts of Canola

Mon, 25 Aug 2014

AUSTRALIA - Farmers in the Geraldton region of Western Australia are growing a record amount of canola this season.

 

India Set to Become World’s Largest Cotton Producer

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

ANALYSIS - Mumbai based Cotton Association on India (CAI) has said that with cotton crop for the season 2013-14 beginning October 1, 2013 pegged at 40.05 million bales of 170 kg each is set to make India world’s largest cotton producer.

 

Russia Adjusts List of Banned Agricultural, Fisheries Products

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

RUSSIA - Russia has amended its list of fishery and agricultural products that have been banned for one year from the EU, US, Australia, Canada and Norway.

 

Warm Weather Pushes Alberta Crops Towards Maturity

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

CANADA - The warm, dry weather during the past week continued to rapidly enhance crop development toward maturity. Outside of spotty showers, the Central and North East Regions reported some precipitation as well as hail storms with moderate to severe damage.

 

Online Grain Contracting Now Available Exclusively Through Cargill

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

CANADA - Cargill’s AgHorizons farm customers now have the ability to sign a grain delivery contract on-line - something that no other line grain company in Canada is currently offering.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher

Fri, 22 Aug 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 2 1/4 cents at $3.69 3/4 Thursday. Prices closed near mid-range and saw tepid short covering in a bear market. The corn market bears are still in overall technical control.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Will Interest Rates Rise Sooner than Expected?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014

GLOBAL - The market place is still digesting Wednesday afternoon’s FOMC minutes report.

 

Do Big Corn Crops Always Get Bigger?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014

US - The USDA's August Crop Production report forecast the 2014 U.S. average corn yield at 167.4 bushels per acre, writes Scott Irwin, Darrel Good, and John Newton.