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TheCropSite Newsletter - 20 March 2012

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Tuesday 20th March 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

It's been another beautiful week in the Midwest, USA. We had some rain pass through northern Illinois on Monday morning, but temperatures remained warm. This week, temperatures are slated to be in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (20s to 30 Celsius).

To take a look at your local forecast or the forecast anywhere in the world - that's right, I said anywhere in the world, just click on the MORE button beside weather on the home page and you'll be able to see the 7-day forecast for anywhere with a zip or postal code. If you are a weather geek like me, you'll love this feature of TheCropSite.

There were so many cool things that I learned at Commodity Classic that it's hard to pick one mini topic to share, but here's one of my favorites…

I attended the Booming Exports - Opening Global Doors: Vietnam education learning session and walked away with a whole new appreciation Vietnam's amazing growth. Here are a few statistics shared by Mark Jagels, with the US Meat Export Federation:

  • Vietnam has 90 million people and are growing at a rate of 1 million/year
  • 54 per cent of the Vietnamese population is under age 25
  • Vietnam's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up 5.89 per cent in 2011
  • It's one of the fastest-growing food service markets in the world
  • Mass grocery retail sales were up 15.1 per cent in 2011
  • Beef consumption has risen 108 per cent since 2005, from 6.9 lbs. to 14.3 lbs.
  • Pork consumption has risen 17.3 per cent since 2005, from 41.3 lbs to 48.4 lbs.

Despite these statistics, Vietnam has experienced some issues. There has been an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Vietnam since November 2010, with more than 150,000 cattle infected in 39 provinces. And food safety is a big issue - there are an estimated 3 million cases of food poisoning every year.

Overall, Vietnam's growth is exploding, making it an opportunity market for the world. Like China, there's no doubt its growing, young middle class wants more protein. For the US, it's the fastest growth export market for feedstuffs.

Have a great week!




Technical Conference on Irrigation, Fertilization of Extensive Crops
The "Technical Conference on irrigation and fertilization in extensive crops" took place on Wednesday 14 September in Torelló, Spain. This event comes by initiative of the Agricultural Cooperative of Torelló SCCL and The Plana de Vic Cooperative.

How Much Manure Should Be Applied to Land?
Factors affecting the fertiliser value of manure and recommendations for application are covered by Mark Risse, Extension Engineer at the University of Georgia's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, as well as practical aspects on how much manure can be applied and handling solids in liquid manure.

Study: Meeting Biofuels Targets Could Alter Agricultural Landscape
A new study by the University of Montana and its partners suggests nearly 80 percent of current U.S. farmland would need to be devoted to growing corn for ethanol to meet current biofuel production targets with existing technology.

Evaluate Forage Stands for Winter Injury
What an unusual winter – warmer than most; not much snow cover. Our perennial forage plants have experienced the same conditions.

Residue Management: Partial Stover Harvest Increases No-Till Yield
Corn residues are a major factor contributing to lower yields for corn following corn compared to corn rotated with soybean, particularly under no-till management.



   General

Ag Implications of US, European Market Volatility
Guidelines for Land Tenure, Access to Fisheries
Corn Insecticide Linked to Great Die-Off of Beneficial Honeybees
Action Needed to Cut Water Pollution from Farming
New Study of Global Freshwater Scarcity & Agriculture's Impact
Complete Full Genetic Map of Promising Energy Crop

   United States

Weekly Roberts Market Report
Weather, Supply & Demand Affects Cotton Markets
Corn Quality Report Explores 2011 Crop
New Online App Tracks Insect Data in Crop Fields
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Slightly Higher Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Slightly Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Friday
Low Precipitation, Lack of Moisture Worries Producers
Evaluate Winter Injury in Alfalfa Stands
Crop Residue Becomes Money-Maker in US
Softer Mite Control Tools Aid in Building Beneficial Insect Populations
NFU Outlines More Effective Farm Bill Plan During Senate Committee Hearing
Chairwoman Stabenow Underscores Importance of Risk Management
Sorghum for Ethanol Increases
USDA Promote Agriculture, Bioenergy Connections
Corn Yield Prospects

   Philippines

Agriculture Office Pushes Organic Farming in Philippines
Samar Farmers Adapt Rice Ratooning

   Australia

Land and Ocean Temperatures Increase
Salt-Tolerant Durum Wheat Developed
Future of Cotton Research Boosted by A$35 Million
Green Laws Choke Farmers
Farmers and Scientists Share Cotton Lessons with West Africa
Australian Soybean Shortage Lifts Prices
Queensland Growers Should be Vigilant Against Locusts

   Spain

New Challenges for Spanish Feed Sector
Dry Spell Takes Toll on Crops and Livestock

   United Kingdom

Huge Potential of UK Bio-Based Economy
Drought Tolerant Maize Wins 2012 UK Climate Week Award
Leaders Debate Land Use for Food or Fuel
Crop Research Centre to Boost UK Green Economy
No Increase for Cereal Growers in Levy Rate Changes

   European Union

LULUCF Proposals to Monitor Land Use Unfeasible
EC Caves to Farmer/Industry Requests to Allow Spread of Dangerous Pest

   Brazil

Soy Exports to Arab Countries Rise
Nutreco Increases Shareholding in Brazilian JV

   China

Irrigation System Responsible for 30 MT of CO2
Premier Wen Inspects Agriculture in China

   Portugal

Portuguese Biodiesel Boost for Soybean Imports

   Egypt

Egyptian DDGS Market Makes Room for More Suppliers

   India

India Ends Export Ban on Cotton
India Soybeans to Trade Higher on Positive Global Cues
Indian Government Donates Agriculture Equipment to Myanmar

   Canada

Govt Paves Way for First Commercial Shipment of Alfalfa to China
Govt of Canada Celebrates Ontario Grain Industry's Success

   Japan

How Much Does a Typhoon Damage Rice?

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