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13 October 2014
Ebola Threatens Global Food Security
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...
'Exceptional' Levels of Fusarium Infection This Year
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
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....
12 October 2014
Pumpkin Crop Developed Well Amid Favorable Weather
US - Mild weather in the spring and early summer coupled with sufficient rain in August allowed this year's pumpkin crop to flourish. ...
10 October 2014
Market Analyst: Fight Returns to Grain Futures
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....
Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle Oilseed Losses Estimated at 2.7 Per Cent
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’...
09 October 2014
Highest Wheat Yield on Record Thanks to ‘Perfect’ Weather
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’
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
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....
08 October 2014
Utilising Cornstalks Despite Wet Weather
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...
Wet Weather Impacts Manitoba Crop Quality
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...
07 October 2014
2014 Sri Lanka Rice Output Decreased Due to Prolonged Dry Weather
SRI LANKA - Harvesting of the 2014 second season (Yala) rice and maize crops was completed in September. The 2014 Yala rice output, accounting for about 35 per cent of the annual production,...
UK Reports Winter Oilseed Rape Losses due to Beetle
UK - Cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) damage has contributed to estimated losses of 3.2 per cent of the winter oilseed rape (WOSR) area in England and Scotland, according to a ‘snapshot assessment’...
Prairie Farmers Harvest Slightly Above Average Yields But Lower Quality Crops
CANADA - A weather and crop specialist with CWB reports grain yields this year will be slightly above average but crop quality will suffer, writes Bruce Cochrane....
06 October 2014
Great Risk of Locust Plague Resurgence due to Funding Gap
MADAGASCAR - A locust plague that spread across Madagascar threatening the main staple food crops and pasture in the country has been successfully contained, however, progress is under threat...
03 October 2014
Growers Urged to Search Before You Sow this Summer
AUSTRALIA - Growers are being urged to check for establishment pests before planting this year's summer crops....
Higher Wheat Yields, Lower Quality - Higher Feed Grain Availability Expected
CANADA - A weather and crop specialist with CWB says slightly above average grain yields combined with lower quality will result in an abundant supply of feed grains this year....
02 October 2014
Wild Grass Provides Target for Wheat, Barley Breeding Research
UK - Plant scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have made a breakthrough that could lead to new, high-yielding, disease-resistant crop varieties....
Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions
US - Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started....
What is the Best Way to Ensure Food Security?
EU - Copa-Cogeca called at EU Farm Ministers Informal meeting this week for measures that benefit the environment at the same time as being economically viable in order to meet the needs of a...
01 October 2014
Emergency Insecticide Use May be Too Late for Some
UK - Emergency use of the crop protection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rape from further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure from farmers...
Mixed Crop Prospects Following Variable Australia Winter Conditions
AUSTRALIA - After a generally favourable start to the 2014–15 winter crop season, different regional conditions have resulted in mixed crop prospects, according to the latest release of Australian...
29 September 2014
Funding for Farmer-Led Feed Grain Research
CANADA - Farmer-led research to find new feed wheat varieties will receive C$400,000 funding under the Growing Forward 2 initiative....
24 September 2014
Watch: Cover Crops Field Guide for Farmers Expanded, Update
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....
23 September 2014
Favourable Rains Forecast for 2014/15 Cropping Season
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'
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. ...
Putting Small Acres to Good Use
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...
22 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Mainly Lower Overnight
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...
Myanmar Rice Production Forecast at a Good Level
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....
19 September 2014
Market Analyst: Grain Pressure Continues
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....
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