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19 December 2014
Purdue to Offer Online Course in 'Agronomy Essentials'
US - Purdue University's Department of Agronomy is offering a distance education course to give farmers and agribusiness professionals a comprehensive baseline understanding of agronomy and agronomic...
Strengths and Weaknesses of Fungicides
UK - The 2014 HGCA Agronomists’ Conference kicked off with an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of cereal fungicides, with a presentation delivered by Stuart Knight,...
18 December 2014
Could Origins of Agriculture Shape Future of Food?
UK - Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield....
Should Arable Businesses Pay Greater Attention to Agronomic Detail?
UK - A thorough attention to agronomic detail and a solid grasp of integrated pest management (IPM) should be at the heart of a thriving arable business, delegates learned at the 2014 HGCA Agronomists’...
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly
CHINA - Farm produce prices rose slightly in the first week of December, according to a Ministry of Commerce survey of prices in 36 large and medium sized cities....
17 December 2014
EU Grain Storage 'Insufficient'
EU - Research by Rabobank and Copa-Cogeca shows investment must be stepped up to improve infrastructures and storage capacity in the EU grain and oilseeds sector....
Drop in EU Rapeseed Blamed on Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Ban
EU - A drop in EU rapeseed production in 2015 was forecast at Copa-Cogeca oilseeds working party as first results of the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban start to emerge. ...
16 December 2014
Cereals Forecast Down for 2015, Concerns Over Lack of Crop Protection
EU - New figures for 2015 EU cereals harvest released by Copa-Cogeca show slight drop for next year and concern rising over lack of crop protection products....
Corn Price Strength Continues
US - March 2015 corn futures traded to a high of $4.115 on December 15, the highest level since July 10 and $0.80 above the low reached on October 1, writes Darrel Good. ...
India Government Promotes Bee Keeping
INDIA - The government of India is promoting bee keeping to ensure no shortfall in production....
15 December 2014
No Ban on Bonus on Purchase Price of India Wheat
INDIA - The Government has not put any ban on bonus on purchase price of wheat, but has decided that a surplus under decentralised mode of procurement (DCP) State gives bonus to farmers for wheat...
12 December 2014
Survey: Market Volatility Taking Toll on Farmers
UK - After the last two NFU survey results revealed a largely positive outlook within agriculture, latest results show a marked dip in short term confidence among farmers and growers....
Market Analyst: Wheat Use, Corn Exports Fall
ANALYSIS - Mike Zuzolo discusses the major market developments this week....
India’s November Soymeal Exports Drops
INDIA - India has recorded a drop in soymeal exports during November 2014 to 110,807 tonnes, as compared to 519,125 tonnes exported during the same month last year....
11 December 2014
NFU Sugar Mentors New Beet Generation
UK - A new group of young beet growers is being assembled by NFU Sugar to learn more about the industry they’re involved in....
UK Finally Becomes Net-exporter of Wheat
UK - The latest data from HMR&C shows that in October the UK exported more wheat than it imported – the first time since May 2012....
10 December 2014
Australian Farm Output Forecast Down for Next Year
AUSTRALIA - Following an estimated increase of 10 per cent in 2013-14, the gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to fall by five per cent in 2014-15, according to the latest forecast...
09 December 2014
Voyage to the South Pole on a Tractor - Mission Complete
ANTARCTICA - An engine running for 584 hours, using 650 gallons of fuel has culminated in a successful expedition to the South Pole....
EU Member States 'Toiling with Implementing New CAP Arrangements'
EU - NFU Scotland’s President Nigel Miller and its Chief Executive Scott Walker used their time in Brussels to meet with fellow farming unions and Commission officials to investigate how new...
How Will December 1 Corn Stocks Estimate Be Interpreted?
US - It is always a challenge to anticipate the USDA's quarterly estimate of corn stocks, but the estimate of the December 1 inventory, to be released on January 12, 2015, is a special challenge,...
08 December 2014
Spain and Germany Join AgriCord
GLOBAL - Spain and Germany join the AgriCord network supporting more than 300 farmer organisations in developing countries....
Bumper Canola, Wheat Crops for Canada
CANADA - The latest crop production report from Statistics Canada, published last week, pegged Canadian canola (rapeseed) production for harvest 2014 at 15.6Mt....
05 December 2014
Agreement Reached on EU Legislation for GM Crops
EU - EU member states have reached an agreement on new legislation allowing them to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory,...
Market Analyst: How Are Markets and Weather Affecting Grains?
ANALYSIS - Mike Zuzolo discusses the major market developments this week....
China Extends Tax Breaks for Farmers to Boost Agriculture
CHINA - China is to extend tax breaks to farmers to encourage banks and insurers to support agriculture....
04 December 2014
FAO Food Price Index Broadly Stable
GLOBAL - Food and Agriculture Organisation's monthly food price index was stable in November, as vegetable oil and grain prices inched up and offset ongoing declines in dairy prices....
03 December 2014
New Month, New Concerns for Global Wheat Crops
GLOBAL - Much of the focus in the grain markets in the last 24 hours has concentrated on concerns of reductions to international supplies of wheat. ...
Farm Incomes to 'Fall Sigficantly' in 2015
IRELAND - Following a relatively stable 2014, a new report from Teagasc economists suggests a mixed bag in terms of possible income developments across Ireland’s farming sectors during the...
Slight Rise for China Farm Produce Prices
CHINA - The prices of produce in 36 of China's large and medium-sized cities edged up slightly last week ending 30 November compared with the previous week, said the Ministry of Commerce....
02 December 2014
What is the Pace of Corn Consumption?
US - The pace of corn consumption remains mixed relative to the current USDA projections for the marketing year, writes Darrel Good....
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