Some Progress on Climate Change Impacts Made by UK Agriculture

Wed, 30 Jul 2014

UK - A new report from Defra reveals improvements made in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in terms of soil nitrogen balance and artificial fertiliser use over the last decade, while a reduction in broiler feed conversion has been achieved in the last two years.

 

Partnership to Combat World Hunger

Wed, 30 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - The Texas A&M University System and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to work together to combat world hunger by building capacity for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in developing countries.

 

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Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Wed, 30 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 5 1/2 cents at $3.71 1/4 Tuesday. Prices closed nearer the session low.

 

Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: Weather Patterns Drying Out

Tue, 29 Jul 2014

ANALYSIS - Corn belt weather patterns are drying out a bit this week, reports Jim Wyckoff for TheCropSite.

 

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Indian Agri Institute Develops GIS Based Soil Fertility Maps for 19 States

Tue, 29 Jul 2014

INDIA - Bhopal based Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS) has developed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based soil fertility maps of 19 states using data of different soil testing laboratories in the country.

 

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EU and FAO Partner to Help Flood-Affected Serbian Farms Rebuild

Tue, 29 Jul 2014

SERBIA - The European Union (EU) will partner with FAO to help small-scale farmers in Serbia recover from the devastating floods of the past spring.

 

Storing the 2014 Corn Crop

Tue, 29 Jul 2014

US - The majority of annually produced crops such as corn obviously have to be stored, writes Darrel Good. For corn producers, the question at harvest time will be who will store the portion of the crop which has not yet been sold?

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher

Tue, 29 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 5 1/4 cents at $3.77 Monday. Prices closed nearer the session high on short covering.

 

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2014 Georgia Cereal Production Anticipated to Decline

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

GEORGIA - Harvesting of the 2014 winter cereals, mainly the minor wheat crop, is currently ongoing while planting of the main maize crop, accounting in average for about 77 percent of the total cereal production, is to be gathered from August.

 

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Armenia 2014 Cereal Production Expected to Decline

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

ARMENIA - Harvest of the 2014 winter crops (mainly wheat) is nearing completion. Although planting was completed under favourable weather conditions, cold and dry weather during the growing season negatively affected crop yields, particularly of barley.

 

Cool Weather's Effect on Crop Could Differ from 2009

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

US - The next two months will determine whether the Indiana corn crop produces high yields as expected or is significantly damaged by any unforeseen, drastic changes in weather and diseases, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says.

 

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Paraguayan Biofuels Sector Continues to be Sluggish

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

PARAGUAY - The Paraguayan biofuels sector continues to move at a sluggish pace. Ethanol production and use continues to expand as a result of increased gasoline sales.

 

MPs: Government Must Accept Ban on Bee-harming Pesticides

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

UK - A new report published today (Monday 28 July 2014) by a committee of MPs criticising the lack of effective Government action to protect UK bees from harmful insecticides, and the reliance on pesticide safety tests carried out by chemical firms, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.

 

First Oilseed Rape Exports Leave UK

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

UK - One of the first oilseed rape exports of harvest 2014 left the UK last week in what is expected to mark the start to a busy export season for merchants and traders.

 

Biomass Investment Slashes Grain Drying Costs by 70 Per Cent

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

SCOTLAND, UK - With harvest underway, the good news for one Arbroath farmer is that investment in two batch boilers has slashed any potential grain drying costs by around 70 per cent.

 

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Agri land in Tamil Nadu Decreased to 4.8 MH

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

INDIA - Tamil Nadu state’s agriculture land has decreased in the last eight years to 4.8 million hectares, the state agriculture minister, S.S. Krishnamoorthy said at the 14th Agri Intex 2014 trade fair, organized at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore.

 

India Targets 261 Million Tonnes of Foodgrains Output during 2014-15

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

INDIA - India has estimated 261 million tonnes of foodgrain output during 2014-15 fiscal year period, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Indian minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries said in a statement recently.

 

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Cherkizovo Sees Rising Sales

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

RUSSIA - Russian meat and fodder producer, Cherkizovo Group has seen sales rise across its poultry, pork and grain divisions in the first half of the current financial year.

 

GLOBALG.A.P. Introduces Joint Initiative for Global Food Security

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Fri, 25 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 2 cents at $3.68 3/4 Thursday. Prices hit another new contract low and closed near mid-range.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Further Plane Mystery Unsettles Markets

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - Geopolitics is still in play in the market place Thursday. Unsettling to traders and investors are reports just out that an Air Algerie jetliner with 110 passengers on board went missing after take-off.

 

Time to Begin Your Pre-harvest Disease Watch?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

CANADA - Yield-robbing levels of disease will be easy to spot in canola fields now and through to harvest. This is a great time to start your pre-harvest disease scouting.

 

Indonesia Plays Important Role in Tanzania Agriculture

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

INDONESIA - Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Mr Christopher Chiza in Inauguration of Big Result Now of the Vision 25 which held in Morogoro, Saturday 12 July said Indonesia plays an important role in Tanzania agriculture

 

Spain Ready to Export Dried Fodder to China

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

SPAIN - The record export levels achieved in MY2012/13 were not repeated in MY2013/14, which ended up with higher stocks.

 

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Global Initiative for Agricultural Education Formed

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - India, Africa and the USA have formed an international partnership across the countries to revitalizing global agricultural education, capacity building and technology transfer.

 

Rising Temperatures Hinder Indian Wheat Production

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

INDIA - Geographers at the University of Southampton have found a link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production.

 

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Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher

Thu, 24 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 2 cents at $3.70 1/4 Wednesday. Prices hit another new contract low and then rebounded on some tepid short covering to close near the session high.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Slightly More Confident

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - There is a bit more investor and trader risk appetite in the market place at mid-week as there have been no major new developments on the geopolitical scene the past 48 hours.

 

Staying Safe and Legal This Harvest

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

UK - The oilseed and winter barley harvest has come early to many areas - and the NFU is reminding members about the importance of safety and staying legal on the roads.

 

Honey Bee Survey of Winterkill Results Published

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

CANADA - Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has released the results of its survey of winterkill of honey bees in 2014 showing overall, beekeepers reported that 18.5 per cent of Alberta bees died during the 2013-2014 winter.

 

Corn Production Estimated to Rise in MY 2014/15

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

ZIMBABWE - Post estimates corn production to increase by 63 per cent, from 800,000 tons in the 2013/14 MY to about 1.3 million tons in the 2014/15 MY.

 

Prospects for Belarus 2014 Cereal Production are Favourable

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

BELARUS - Harvest of the 2014 winter cereal crops, mainly wheat, is underway, while spring barley is maturing.

 

Replace Reduce Refine – Way Forward for Antibiotic Use

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

ANALYSIS - A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the supply chain.

 

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Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 3 1/2 cents at $3.68 Tuesday. Prices hit another new contract low and closed nearer the session low.

 

Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: How Damaged are US-Russia Relations?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - There is a bit more investor and trader risk appetite in the market place Tuesday, as U.S. and some other major world stock indexes traded higher.

 

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Farmers Applaud Carbon Tax Repeal

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

AUSTRALIA - Australian farmers have applauded the Coalition Government for delivering on its election promise to repeal the carbon tax.

 

Wyckoff's Weekly Grain Outlook: Downward Pressure Across Grains

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

ANALYSIS - There's downward pressure across all the grains markets this week, reports Jim Wyckoff for TheCropSite

 

Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - A new report outlining the state of global agri-technology has been released this week showing machinery has been identified as the largest sector globally in terms of sales, employment and number of companies.

 

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£18M of Agri-Tech Funding for UK-led Projects

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

UK - The Agri-Tech Catalyst, in which BBSRC is a major investor, has awarded 15 agricultural innovation projects a share of £18M to help accelerate agricultural innovation and their commercial viability.

 

Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed down 6 cents at $3.72 1/2 Monday.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Still Wary of Russian Tensions

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - Geopolitics remains on the front burner of the market place early this week. Last week’s downing of a Malaysian airliner on the Russia-Ukraine border and Israel’s ground offensive against Hamas on the Gaza strip are the dominant fundamentals in the markets Monday morning.

 

Addressing Corn Rootworm Disease Before it Takes Hold

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

ANALYSIS - Although the extent of corn rootworm (CRW) pressure in 2014 is yet to be determined, entomologists say planning this season for future rootworm populations is the best way to control the yield-robbing pest.

 

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North Korea Early Season Crops Affected by Dry Weather

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

NORTH KOREA - Harvesting of the 2014 early season’s potatoes and minor cereal crops of wheat and barley, is currently underway and will continue until the end of June.

 

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Favourable Prospects for Brazil Second Season Maize

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

BRAZIL - Harvest of the main 2014 second season “safrinha” maize crop is well advanced. Production forecasts have been revised upwards, due to a lower than earlier anticipated decline in plantings and better yields.

 

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Recommended List Responds to Changes in Winter Barley Market

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

UK - The Recommended List for winter barley will take two key steps to make sure it provides the best possible information to growers.

 

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NFU 'Delighted' at Defra’s £400 Million Food Procurement Plans

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

UK - Following the launch of Defra’s £400million ‘A Plan for Public Procurement’ (Monday), NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said the plan was a significant step in the right direction to Government backing British Farming.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets React to Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - Geopolitics is back on the front burner of the market place late this week, and with a double-barrel blast.

 

VIDEO: UK Public is Urged to Support Our Bees Needs

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

UK - Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.

 

USDA Issues Bearish Crop Report

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - The release of a bearish USDA report at the end of last week kept market sentiment firmly in a negative tone, with increased US/global wheat stocks and bigger US corn stocks, writes David Sheppard, Gleadell’s Managing Director.

 

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Copa-Cogeca Calls for Stronger Action to Combat Unfair Practices

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

EU - European agriculture sector organisation Copa-Cogeca has welcomed the fact that the European Commission has recognised that abusive and unfair practices are present in the food chain.

 

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NFU Asks for Clarity on Key Points Under Waters of US Rule

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

US - In a letter sent on Thursday (17 July) to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson asked for more information about which bodies of water would be deemed jurisdictional under the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

 

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Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Steady

Fri, 18 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed steady at $3.86 3/4 Thursday. Prices closed nearer the session low.

 

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Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Tensions Increase Between Russia and West

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

GLOBAL - In overnight news, the U.S. and European Union have slapped new and tough sanctions on Russia.

 

Indian Sugarcane Acreage Down by Two Per Cent in 2014-15

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

INDIA - Indian sugarcane acreage has estimated to be around 5.23 million hectares (ha) during 2014-15 sugar season, down by 2 per cent, as compared to the same period last year, Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement.

 

How Burdensome Are Corn Supplies?

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

US - Corn prices have been declining for almost two years following the peak price generated by the very small US crop in 2012. The recent sharp decline in prices has been associated with increasing prospects for a very large U.S. corn harvest again in 2014 following the record harvest of 2013, writes Darrel Good.

 

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Commitment to Renewables Slashes Fossil Fuel Costs

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

SCOTLAND, UK - A contemporary Borders family farming business that specialises in arable crops and free-range eggs has renewable energy generation at the heart of its successful operation.

 

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MEPs Commit to Backing British Farming

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

UK - NFU President Meurig Raymond has visited Strasbourg to rally support from MEPs to sign the ‘Back British Farming EU Pledge.’

 

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Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher

Thu, 17 Jul 2014

US - December corn futures closed up 4 cents at $3.85 3/4 Wednesday.