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Tuesday 14th August 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

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Last week was a BIG report week. Further down, you'll see a full list of all reports, but today we going to look at global grain supplies in the USDA's World Agricultural Production August 2012 report.

China Corn: Up 2.6%

China's corn production for 2012/13 is forecast at a record 200.0 million tons, up 5.0 million or 2.6 percent from last month and up 3.7 percent from last year's record crop. Corn production in China has doubled in the past 20 years (from 95.4 million tons in 1992/93) due to increased planted area and rising yields.

EU Corn: Down 6%

Corn production in the European Union (EU) is forecast at 61.5 million tons, down 3.9 million or 6 percent from last month, and down 3.9 million or 6 percent from last year. Yields have fallen due to an extremely hot, dry summer in Europe's southern corn area. The crop is maturing two to three weeks ahead of schedule; harvest will begin in late August.

Argentina Corn: Up 12%

Argentine corn production is forecast at 28.0 million tons, up 3.0 million or 12 percent from last month and up 33 percent from last year. Newly developed adapted hybrids, including recently registered quad-stacked biotech corn, will be favorable for corn yields.

Brazil Soybeans: Up 24%

Brazil's total soybean production is forecast at a record 81.0 million tons, up 3.0 million from last month and up 15.5 million tons or 24 percent greater than last year's drought reduced crop.

Brazil's total corn production is forecast at 70.0 million tons, up 3.0 million from last month but down 2.8 million tons from last year's bumper harvest.

Brazilian farmers in the southern hemisphere are expected to respond to high US prices by planting record soybean and corn areas during the next several months. The favorable soybean-corn price ratios should motivate Brazilian farmers to plant more soybeans during September-December, with first-season corn area expected to be less than last year.

Russia Wheat: Down 12%

Russia wheat production is forecast at 43.0 million tons, down 6.0 million or 12 percent from last month and down 13.2 million or 24 percent from last year.

China Cotton: Up 2%

China's cotton production is estimated at 31.0 million bales (6.75 million tons), up 0.5 million or about 2 percent from last month but down 2.5 million or 7.5 percent from last year. Reports indicate crop condition is better than average.

India Rice: Down 2%

The USDA forecasts India's rice production at 98.0 million tons, down 2 million tons or 2 percent from last month and down 6.3 million or 6.1 percent from last year. This significant decrease from last year's record production is primarily due to a projected reduction in planted area and lower yield potential as a result of deficient monsoonal rainfall.

To read more on the impact of recent USDA reports to US crops and markets, click here.

Have a great week!



Iowa Farm Outlook - Weather Continues to Dominate the Markets
The drought has become the major topic of conversation as its impacts reach across agriculture. Natural disasters like this have many impacts on an economy, from the direct impacts on agricultural production to the indirect consequences on rural economic activity and retail food pricing, writes Chad Hart, Assistant Professor, Extension Grain Marketing Specialist at the University of Iowa.

Delaying Permanent Water on Drill Sown Rice
Four years of research on two soil types have proven delayed permanent water to be a viable management option for drill sown rice. 17% (2.5 ML/ha) average saving in water use compared to conventional drill sown rice and 15% average increase in water productivity.

Rapid Assessment of Plant Drought Tolerance Now Possible
UCLA life scientists, working with colleagues in China, have discovered a new method to quickly assess plants’ drought tolerance. The method works for many diverse species growing around the world. The research, published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, may revolutionize the ability to survey plant species for their ability to withstand drought, said senior author Lawren Sack, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Natural Magic to Counter Africa's Witchweed Crop Menace
Africa is the only continent that cannot feed itself: food production per person is about the same as it was in 1960 (ref 1, ref 2). One of the reasons is the prevalence of African witchweed, also known as Striga, a root parasite of staple cereal crops such as maize, sorghum, rice and millet.

New Game-Changing Approach for Drought Monitoring
Droughts are more than simply climate phenomena. They can have profound social, environmental, and economic impacts and can also be a major threat to food security throughout the world.




   New Zealand

Efficiency with Farm Inputs - Essential for Success
Simpler Rules for Agricultural Vehicles Welcomed

   India

USGC: All Eyes on India
Maharashtra Bans Bt Cotton Seeds

   United States

Michigan State University to Lead New Global Food Security Effort
RFS Waiver Calls “Premature” and “Void of Justification”
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Research: Fungicides Helpful When Diseases are Present
Purdue Extension Holds Regional Meetings on Drought
Drought Improves Grasslands in Long-Term
USDA Offers More Drought Assistance to US Producers
CME: Analysts Expect Corn Yields of 127.3 Bushels Per Acre
CME: USDA Reports Made Big Revisions
CME: Government Purchases Meat to Stabilise Market
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Friday
July Hottest Month on Record but is El Nino Around Corner?
Hot Disease in Illinois Soybeans
Check Corn Fields for Aspergillus Ear Rot
Drought Leaves Livestock Producers Looking for Alternative Feed
USDA's Crop Production, WASDE Reports as Expected
USDA Forecasts Sharply Reduced Corn, Soybean Crops
US Growers Expected to Produce 13 Per cent Less Corn than Last Year
US Maize Crop Cut to 274 Million Tons
Corn and Soybean Forecasts, What's Next?
Rice Research Tops Topics at Arkansas Rice Expo 2012
President Obama Promotes Farm Bill on Trip to Drought-Hit Iowa

   United Kingdom

UK Growers: Know Your Pests
Simplify Rights of Way Process, Says NFU
Updated OSR Guide Issued by HGCA
Accurate Sampling Essential to Determine Extent of On-Farm Mycotoxins
August-Sown Feed Crops Could Ease Winter Forage Shortages

   General

Unsustainable Increases in Raw Material Prices
FAO Food Price Index up Six Per Cent
Cargill Fourth-quarter, Fiscal Earnings Fall Hard

   European Union

MEPs Lodge 7000 Changes to EU Subsidy Reform

   Australia

Researchers Rethink Strategy for Canola Aphids
World Feed Prices Encourage Australia Exports
Australia Rainfall Welcomed - Focus Shifts to Nitrogen Application
Government Support for Partnerships in Agricultural Education

   Canada

Canada and BC Invest in Sustainable Agriculture
Governments Boost Farm Innovation and Profitability in Nova Scotia
Harper Government Investment Boosts Value of Canadian Wheat

   Malaysia

High Feedstock Prices Cause Stagnant Malaysian Biodiesel Market

   Philippines

P100 Million for Philippine Crop Insurance Claims
Agricultural Sector Grows by One Per Cent in First Semester

   Viet Nam

Agricultural Sector Shows Stronger Production Growth

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