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Tuesday 21st February 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

When it comes to agricultural superpowers, a handful of countries come to mind. One is the US because of their high production and another is China because of their sheer volume and massive growth.

Leaders from these two countries recently came together to talk about cooperation, food safety and security, and sustainable agriculture.

Last Thursday, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted China's Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The result of their discussions was the signing of the Plan of Strategic Cooperation which is designed to serve as a guide for the two countries' agricultural relationship over the next five years.

Food security for the rapidly rising Chinese population, now at 1.3 billion, was stressed by Xi Jinping, China's vice president.

From the meeting came some really good news for US soybean growers - China also signed agreements to purchase 8.62 million metric tons of oilseed from the US in a deal valued at $4.31 billion.

As for corn, China isn't expected to be a significant importer because they produce what they consume. However, China's growing love of meat could drive up feed demand which could result in higher than expected corn imports. That said, many believe that if China were pushed to import feed, they'd be more likely to import DDGs because they're cheaper than corn.

Something interesting to consider is that China produces about 90 bushels per acre compared to the US average yield of around 150 bushels per acre. Barring weather issues over the next several years, you can bet that China's yield will keep going up, up, up.

On a completely separate note - as soon as I can shut down my computer, I'm headed to Iowa to participate in a Pioneer Hi-Bred event. And... Pioneer has just announced it will unveil on-farm yield results and research discoveries related to their drought-tolerant corn hybrids next week at Commodity Classic.

But perhaps those of us at their event this week will get a sneak peek!

Have a great week!


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   Kuwait

Kuwait: Wheat and Sugar Prices Rise

   Australia

Celebrating Australian Farmers in 2012
Australian Grain Farmers Encouraged to Consider Fumigation
Food Report Fails to Acknowledge Role of Farmers
ABARES Forecasts Large Summer Crop
Determining Which Wheat is Best in a Wet Harvest

   United States

2013 Budget Will Cut Ag Programmes
Five Ways Crop Growers Can Plan for Spring Drought
USDA: Wheat Ending Stocks Revised Down
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Friday
Ethanol Sees Supply and Demand Volatility
Southern Iowa Biomass Crop Workshop
Wood Chips Help Curb Nitrate Leaching
Winter Canola Risk Management Schools Scheduled
Walmart Unveils "Great For You" Icon
GeoGrain: Spot Soybean Basis On Par with Maximum Basis Levels
Grain Hedge: Macros Positive, Grain Mixed
USDA: Weekly National Grain Market Review
Forecast Corn Exports Raised, Stocks/Use Lowest Since 1995/1996
US Land-Use Change Could Cut Food Yields
Minor Changes Made to Feed Grain Price Projections
Corn and Soybean Export Progress

   European Union

UK & Italian Unions Join Forces on CAP
EU Commission Proposes Sustainable Bioeconomy
NFU Tells EU: 'Common Sense Needed' on CAP Reform
Copa-Cogeca - Cap Must Ensure Food Security
EU Missing Out on GM Feed Opportunity
Copa-Cogeca Welcomes Aspects of EU Report

   United Kingdom

63 Per Cent of Essex Farmers feel CAP Reform Unfair
Oilseed Crops Require Careful Spring Canopy Management
ENERGY NOW - Help for Farmers to Develop AD
ENERGY NOW - NFU Offers Energy Advice Service
ENERGY NOW - Farmers Interest Visible
UK DROUGHT - Save Water Now to Limit the Effects Says Spelman
NFU AGM - Protests Greet Conference Delegates

   India

Indian Grain Production Could Hit Record 250M Tonnes

   Canada

Agworks Merges to form Sevita International
Reports Point to Strong Showing for Canadian Agriculture

   General

Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning
EU and US Agree Partnership on Organic Trade
Allendale: Cattle is "Trade of the Year"
New Study Sheds Light on Genetics of Rice Metabolism
US, China Sign Plan of Strategic Cooperation in Agriculture
Global Coarse Grain Production Prospects Reduced
EU-Morocco: Agricultural Agreement Sign of Credibility
China & US Cooperate in Agriculture

   Philippines

Philippines to Irrigate 250,000 ha of Rice Farms in 3 Years for Food Security
Philippines Third Largest Market for US Soybean Meal

   China

Hubei Promotes Machinery to Guarantee Spring Ploughing
China's Growing Meat Consumption Driving Corn Imports

   Thailand

USDA: Thai Rice Export Prices Rise

   New Zealand

Rise in Prices Paid by Producers

   Russian Federation

Russian Agricultural Development: February 2012

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