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Tuesday 26th June 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

Last week, I was in Sheffield, England, connecting with my 5m Publishing colleagues and then we took a train up to Inverness, Scotland, to meet up with sister-company colleagues - FAI, RL Consulting and Fish Vet Group. We had a few moments of sunshine last week, but for the most part, it was cool temps with lots of rain. In Manchester, England, I was told they received "a month's worth of rain in one day" late last week.

Unfortunately, I couldn't bring any of the rain back home to the US with me. Looking at the Midwest forecast for this week, cooler temps (75-80° F/24-27º C) are expected early in the week, but temps are set to jump to 100° F (38° C) later in the week. The exceptionally high temps are tough, but the key issue for farmers is, at best, the central Midwest might see an isolated storm.

University agronomists are still saying not to push the panic button just yet, but they may well change their tune after another week of extreme temps topped off with little to no rain.

Purdue University ag economist Chris Hurt estimated that dry conditions may already have trimmed Indiana corn yields by 15 bu/acre, now projecting 151 bushels per acre, down from his estimate of 166 at the start of the growing season. Projected yield losses are beginning to move corn prices upward, and it won't take much "more damage before we see the corn market start to really light up," Hurt said.

Also important… last Thursday, the US Senate voted 64-35 to approve the 2012 Farm Bill. The vote came after three days of Senate debate regarding 70+ amendments, which made changes to eligibility and payments for crop insurance and commodity and conservation programs. The new Farm Bill makes major changes to the farm safety net by ending direct payments and ACRE and replacing them with ARC, the Agriculture Risk Coverage program.

I'm ending on a personal note with a photo from my travels up in Inverness, Scotland - we were boating out on Loch Ness, home to the Loch Ness Monster. Unfortunately, there were no sightings on our trip, but I have to say the Scottish Highlands were absolutely awesome (or ace, as my English colleagues would say)!

Have a great week!



Midwest Soybean Response to Recent Drought
Although drought typically is an infrequent occurrence in Iowa, 2012 has been an exception to the rule, writes Andy Lenssen, Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.

Private Industry Invests Heavily in Agricultural Productivity
Over the past several decades, private-sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations for agriculture worldwide.

Evaluation of Phytase Transgenic Corn Versus Conventional Corn
Corn (maize) expressing phytase is as efficacious as equivalent microbial phytase when supplemented in corn-soybean diets for chickens, according to new research from China.

‘Pathway to Efficiency’ Could Improve Irrigation Use
Improving the efficiency of irrigation can help farmers increase profits, meet regulatory requirements for renewing licences, and demonstrate sustainable use of resources for supermarket grower standards. A recent study has assessed water irrigation efficiency in the UK and suggests that the ‘pathway to efficiency’ approach can help farmers and water regulators manage irrigation and water abstraction.

Downstream Consequences of Depleting Groundwater
Hard lessons learned from the American West and Australia could help improve groundwater management and protect ecosystems in California, Stanford University researchers find.




   Greece

Greece Sugar Production Revised Upwards

   Australia

Australian Government to Consult on Foreign Ownership Register
Agricultural Export Earnings Remain High
Control Blackleg Early to Minimise Canola Yield Losses
Senate Calls for New Agricultural Body

   Canada

Harper Government Move Forward on Wheat, Barley Market Freedom
2012 Weather Conditions Help Suppress Plant Disease
Harper Govt Welcomes New Grain Handling Agreements
Government of Canada Helps Farmers Improve Water Management

   United Kingdom

NFU Responds to 'Mega Farms' Claims
Sustainable Intensification to Weather Perfect Storm
Call for Priorities to be Supported in CAP Negotiations
Adapting to a Changing Climate
Warning on Increasing Mycotoxin Risk
Deadly Bee Disease Found in Scotland

   United States

Researchers: Sorghum Should be in Mix as Biofuel Crop
Experts: Still Time Left for Crops to Rebound from Midwest Drought
CME: Crop Condition Ratings Not as Bad as Expected
CME: Corn Futures Closed Limit Up Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Friday
Weekly Roberts Market Report
EPA Regulation of GHGs will Burden Farmers
Barley’s Biofuel Bang
Are We Really Seeing Potassium-deficient Corn and Soybean?
Trouble on the Horizon for GM Crops?
Increased Trade with Russia will Benefit US Farmers
Key Pests to Monitor in Coming Weeks
Target Diseases when Considering Foliar Fungicides for Corn
MAP Funding Survives Challenge
Drought Widens and Strengthens Grip on Indiana
Senate Passes Farm Bill
Export Exchange 2012 Sponsors Announced
Goss's Wilt May Be on More Growers' Radars
Abnormally Hot Spring Weather Changes Crop Pest Dynamics
Large Weeds Might Require Alternative Control Methods
Spider Mites Begin to Inhabit Drought-Stressed Soybean Fields
Soybean Fundamentals Remain Strong
State Regulators Getting Word Out About New Fertiliser Rules
Delaware Programme Helping Spread Irrigation

   European Union

NFU Support for Proportionate CAP Fines
EU Gives €5 Million to Maintain Crop Biodiversity
EU Commissioners Underline Importance of Sustainable Agriculture

   General

New Website to Support Wheat Research
WTO Examines Costa Rica’s Continued Rice Subsidy Breach
Commissioner Calls for Sustainable Agriculture Commitment
No Farmers, No Food, No Future

   Ireland

Sustainability Development Programme for Irish Food

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