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.

 

2015 Planting Decisions Influenced by Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

US - Anhydrous ammonia prices averaged $717 per ton in Illinois according to the October 2nd edition of the Illinois Production Cost Report, reports Gary Schnitkey.

 

Farm Safety First: Take Steps Now to Prevent Accidents Later

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

US - A few simple precautions and a little bit of common sense can go a long way toward helping prevent farm-related accidents and injuries, especially at harvest time, two Purdue University agricultural educators say.

 

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.

 

Pumpkin Crop Developed Well Amid Favorable Weather

Sun, 12 Oct 2014

US - Mild weather in the spring and early summer coupled with sufficient rain in August allowed this year's pumpkin crop to flourish.

 

Grain Storage Bags Could be Solution for Surplus Corn

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

US - This year’s projected record corn crop has many farmers looking for alternatives to traditional storage bins and silos, which are expected to fill up quickly now that the harvest is underway.

 

Mixed Prospects in EU Short-term Outlook for Arable Crop, Meat and Dairy Markets

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

EU - EU cereal harvest is forecast to set a new record in 2014, with strong exports and stocks expected to increase substantially, according to the latest short-term outlook from the European Commission.

 

Market Analyst: Fight Returns to Grain Futures

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - This week saw corn have it's first higher close in five weeks, following wheats first higher close in six weeks, last week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics.

 

Family Farming and Food Security Highlighted by NFU President

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

CANADA - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson has discussed the role of family farming and cooperatives in food security and food sovereignty as part of a panel discussion at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City, Canada.

 

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New Members Appointed to UK Agriculture Board

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

UK - The Government has appointed three new members to the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from 1 October 2014. Applications are invited for another four Board Member positions.

 

Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

CHINA - Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly according to the latest survey of 36 large and medium-sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce.

 

Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle Oilseed Losses Estimated at 2.7 Per Cent

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

UK - Cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) damage has contributed to estimated losses of 2.7 per cent of the winter oilseed rape (WOSR) area in England and Scotland, according to a ‘snapshot assessment’ report commissioned by HGCA.

 

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VietStock Expo Just One Week Away

Fri, 10 Oct 2014

VIETNAM - The organisers of VietStock 2014 remind visitors to prepare for the show, which takes place next week in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Software Tool Delivers GM Data Analysis with Single Click

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

EU - New software from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides stakeholders with a tool for carrying out complex data analysis as part of the risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants.

 

Highest Wheat Yield on Record Thanks to ‘Perfect’ Weather

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

UK - The UK is predicted to harvest a record wheat crop, according to the NFU harvest survey, published this week.

 

High Plains Cotton ‘Chugging Along’

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

US - While nearly all Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton has been harvested, much of the Texas High Plains cotton is still two weeks away, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists.

 

'Be Realistic' When Projecting Success of 2014

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

CANADA - When it comes to planning it’s important to base projections on realistic numbers, according to an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist.

 

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Soil Management Added to BPEX Pig App

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

UK - Four new video clips on soil management for outdoor pig units have been added to the BPEX Practical Pig App and website.

 

Strong Potato Yields Expected to Bolster EU Supply

Thu, 09 Oct 2014

ANALYSIS - The European potato supply is growing, fueled by a 3-4 per cent increase in acres and almost perfect growing conditions, reports Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite senior editor.

 

US Macroeconomic Indicators for Cotton Supply Chain

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

US - A range of macroeconomic data releases suggest US economic growth will continue at a moderate pace.

 

UK Animal and Plant Health Agency Launched

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

UK - The new agency responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health, Animal and Plant Health Agency, has started work.

 

Utilising Cornstalks Despite Wet Weather

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

US - Besides the obvious delay in harvest, additional moisture is negatively affecting grain and cornstalk quality for cattle producers that normally utilize the crop residue to extend the grazing season, according to a University of Illinois Extension beef educator.

 

Wet Weather Impacts Manitoba Crop Quality

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

CANADA - After a later than normal start to spring planting that delayed crop development farmers in much of Manitoba were challenged by extremely wet conditions just as the harvest was about to begin, writes Bruce Cochrane.

 

Quarterly Earnings Down for Cargill

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

US - Cargill has reported earnings down sharply for the latest quarter but its animal nutrition group reported a moderate increase and the meat division performed strongly, according to the company's CEO.