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Madhya Pradesh Signs Three MoUs at Krishi Expo

Tue, 30 Sep 2014

INDIA - In order to provide agricultural equipment to its farmers, Madhya Pradesh (MP) government has signed three memorandum of understandings (MoUs) at the Haldhar Krishi Expo.

 

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Punjab to Host Commonwealth Meet on Agriculture

Tue, 30 Sep 2014

INDIA - London-based Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has selected Punjab state to host its workshop of Parliamentary Agriculture Committees.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher

Tue, 30 Sep 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 1 1/2 cents at $3.24 1/2 today.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Will Hong Kong Protests Affect Markets?

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - China is celebrating a week-long national holiday this week, which could make for quieter trading in many markets. The market place is also keeping a wary eye on a big pro-democracy demonstration presently occurring in Hong Kong.

 

Resistance Management: Still Time to Walk Your Fields

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS - Now is the time to start planning your weed management program for next year, and there's still time before (or even during) harvest to walk your fields and determine which weed species have become tolerant to your herbicide program, reports Sarah Mikesell, senior editor.

 

Canola Oil on Track for Tariff-free Access to the EU

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

CANADA - The Canadian canola industry is optimistic that the formal end of negotiations for the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) means that the canola industry will soon reap the benefits of the agreement.

 

Help for Farmers Selecting New Farm Bill Programs

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

US - Farmers across the country making important decisions on new Farm Bill created safety net programs can consult a new online resource from this week.

 

Funding for Farmer-Led Feed Grain Research

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

CANADA - Farmer-led research to find new feed wheat varieties will receive C$400,000 funding under the Growing Forward 2 initiative.

 

2014 China Cereal Harvest Forecast At Record Level

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

CHINA - Harvesting of the 2014 early double rice crop was completed at the end of July, while that of single and late double crops will be concluded by November.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Weaker Overnight

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - In overnight news, Asian and European stock markets followed Wall Street’s Thursday lead to trade lower Friday.

 

Allendale Inc. Sees Higher Corn, Lower Bean Stocks

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

US - Allendale Inc estimates end of the marketing year corn, at 1.194 billion bushels, which is higher than USDA's September 11 estimate of 1.181.

 

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Extension to Dual-use Announced

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

UK - Defra’s decision to keep existing dual use arrangements for all environmental stewardship schemes will give farmers and growers the flexibility and certainty they need, said the NFU.

 

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Biofuels Make Record Contributions to UK Energy

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

UK - The Government’s quarterly Energy Trends publication reveals a record contribution from bioenergy for keeping the lights on and our cars moving whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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Research Evaluates Long-Term Impacts of Feeding GM Crops to Livestock

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

US - The Research represents the longest-term monitoring of the health-impact of GM crops in history as it examines at 29 years of livestock productivity and health data from both before and after the introduction of GM crops into animal feed formulations, reports The US Grains Council.

 

Minimum Wage Increase for Agricultural Workers

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

UK- A rise in the minimum wage rate for agricultural workers has been confirmed by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB).

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 3 3/4 cents at $3.25 3/4 today.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: US Dollar Surges Against Other Currencies

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - A feature in the market place this week has been the surging U.S. dollar versus most of the other major world currencies.

 

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture Launched by President Obama

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

US - From record droughts in Kansas to deadly wildfires in California, the United States is feeling the effects of climate change, writes Secretary of State John Kerry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Dr. Rajiv "Raj" Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

 

New Approaches to Agriculture Needed to Cope with Climate Change

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said here today in a speech at the UN Climate Summit.

 

How Do We Tackle Food Production 'Complacency'?

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

UK - NFU Vice President Guy Smith has been selected on to the Advisory Board of the UK’s Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).

 

Indiana Farm Fatalities Continue Downward Trend

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

US - Eighteen farm-related fatalities were documented in Indiana in 2013, down from 26 the previous year and reflecting a trend of fewer deadly accidents on the farm, a Purdue University report shows.

 

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Choosing the Right Season for Applying Chicken Litter

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

US - Using poultry litter as fertilizer is a welcome trend in many southern states because that is where most of the US broiler chickens are produced.

 

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Researchers Uncover Enzyme Structure that Makes Plant Cellulose

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

US - Purdue researchers have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could lead to easier ways of breaking down plant materials to make biofuels and other products and materials.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed 4 Cents Up

Thu, 25 Sep 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 4 cents at $3.29 1/2 today.

 

Massey Ferguson Driven by Global Opportunities

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS - Operating in 170 countries, Massey Ferguson is looking to emerging markets like Africa and the Middle East to offer their dependable equipment to farmers who have never used mechanized equipment before, reports Sarah Mikesell from near Aberdeen, Scotland.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Risk Aversion Remains Across Markets

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - There is still some risk aversion in the market place Wednesday following this week’s U.S. airstrikes that hit ISIS terrorists at several locations in Iraq and Syria.

 

India’s 2014-15 Cotton Crop Estimated at 46.85 Million Bales

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

INDIA - India’s cotton output during the 2014-15 has been estimated at 46.85 million bales of 170 kgs each.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 4 1/2 cents at $3.25 3/4 Tuesday.

 

So Far, So Good: Corn Yields Some of Best in Years

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

US - The corn harvest finished in the southern and eastern parts of the state with generally pretty good yields and some outstanding ones, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist.

 

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Indian Agriculture Minister Calls for Canadian Investment

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

INDIA - In order to promote agriculture trade between two countries, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh has met Gerry Ritz, Canadian Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food in New Delhi recently.

 

Watch: Cover Crops Field Guide for Farmers Expanded, Update

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

US - Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the second edition of the Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Rocked by US Airstrikes on ISIS

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - There is risk aversion back in the market place Tuesday following reports overnight that U.S. airstrikes hit the ISIS terrorists at several locations in Iraq and Syria.

 

Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: New Contract Lows in Grain Markets

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS - Markets were narrowly mixed in overnight trading. Corn, soybeans and wheat prices are hovering near their recent contract lows.

 

Favourable Rains Forecast for 2014/15 Cropping Season

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

ZAMBIA - Planting of the 2015 cereal crops is expected to commence in October.

 

HGCA: Largest UK Cereals Stocks Since 2008/09, French Wheat 'Finding its Demand'

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - Grain markets ended last week on a very bearish note, partly as production estimates continue to grow, according to the latest HGCA Market Summary Report.

 

Monitoring Corn and Soybean Consumption

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

US - The corn and soybean markets appear to be expecting the USDA’s already very large US production forecasts to be increased in the October 10 Crop Production report, reports Darrel Good.

 

Governments Committed to Implement Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

CANADA & KOREA - The signing of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) by the Canadian and Korean governments means that Canadian canola is well on its way to tariff-free access to South Korea.

 

Putting Small Acres to Good Use

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

US - Putting a few extra acres to work can bring in additional income, provide an opportunity to experiment with a new enterprise, or develop an interest or hobby for its educational or entertainment value, according to a University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms educator.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 1 1/4 cents at $3.30 1/4 Monday.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Mainly Lower Overnight

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - In overnight news, China’s finance minister said his nation will not offer a more stimulative domestic monetary policy or other economic stimulus measures despite some recent weak economic data coming from the world’s number-two economy.

 

McDonald's: Sustainability is Job #1, #2 and #3

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS - McDonald's sustainability efforts focus on verifiable sustainable coffee, fish, fiber, palm oil and beef with "beef being Priority Number One, Two and Three."

 

Escorts Launches Two New Tractors in Bangladesh

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

BANGLADESH - India’s leading tractor brand, Escorts has launched two new series of tractors in Bangladesh.

 

NABARD Launches $820 Million Long Term Rural Credit Fund

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

INDIA - To increase long term credit in agriculture sector, the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched an $820 million rural credit fund.

 

Myanmar Rice Production Forecast at a Good Level

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

MYANMAR - Harvesting of the 2014 main (wet) season rice crop, which accounts for about 80 percent of annual production, is expected to start at the beginning of October and continue into December.

 

John Deere Introduces Next Generation of Self-propelled Foragers

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

UK - John Deere’s all-new 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters represent an entirely new generation of machines.

 

Can Farming Reverse its Ageing Trend?

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS – Agriculture is ageing and more must be done to draw young people into UK food production to meet growing national and world demand.

 

Market Analyst: Grain Pressure Continues

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

ANALYSIS - Grains are continuing to feel selling pressure from both currencies in the outside markets as well as the impending increase in supplies, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics.

 

More Land, Fewer Harvests

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

GERMANY - Most of the Earth’s agricultural land resources are already under cultivation. Climate change poses a huge challenge to global agriculture, but a new study by geographers at the Lugwig Maximilians University in Munich shows that some regions could benefit from it.

 

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International Year of Family Farming 2014

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

US - On the 18 September The National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the introduction of the Senate Resolution designating 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).” NFU has lead the US Committee for IYFF and played a key role in having the resolution adopted by the Senate.

 

India Plans $131 Billion Credit To Farmers During 2014-15

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

INDIA - To provide farmers with credit support, Indian government has planned $131 billion credit support for agriculture sector during 2014-15 financial year.

 

Corn Growers Advised to 'Keep Crops Close to Home'

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

US - With a record amount of corn likely headed to market in the next few weeks and corn prices still very low, a Purdue University agricultural economist is advising growers to consider storing their crop on their own property if they can.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Fri, 19 Sep 2014

US - December Corn closed down 3 1/2-cents at 3.38 1/4. December corn closed lower on Thursday as forecasts for dry weather that should help the corn crop mature into harvest.

 

From Too Much Rain, to Too Little Rain

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

US - After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife communications specialist based in Weslaco.

 

Indonesia Rice Production Forecast Slightly Below Last Year’s Record Level

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

INDONESIA - Harvesting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which accounts for about 95 per cent of annual production, was completed by June, while that of the 2014 secondary season crop is expected to start in mid-October and continue into December.

 

Japan Cereal Production Expected to Remain High

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

JAPAN - Harvesting of the 2014 paddy crop is currently underway and will continue into November.

 

National Farm Safety and Health Week Focuses on 'Protecting What Matters'

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

US - 'Safety Counts - Protecting What Matters' is this year’s theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week, which will be observed September 21-27, 2014.

 

Export Customers Commit to Buy $2.3 Billion of US Soy

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

US - Buyers from China at the second-annual, soy-checkoff-funded US Global Trade Exchange have agreed to buy $2.3 billion of US soy totaling 176 million bushels of US soybeans, marking the second consecutive year that the gathering has generated significant export sales for US soybean farmers in their own backyard.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

US - December Corn closed down 2-cents at 3.41 3/4. December corn closed lower on Wednesday.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Investors Await Interest Rates Decision

Wed, 17 Sep 2014

GLOBAL - The December NASDAQ 100 was lower overnight as investors await the Federal Reserve's decision regarding interest rates.