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27 April 2015
Copa-Cogeca Success at Global Soil Week
GERMANY - European agricultural organisation Copa-Cogeca has demonstrated good soil management practices and sustainable techniques at Global Soil Week in Berlin....
Beware of the Barley Bears
CANADA - In the latest crop report from Statistics Canada, 2015/16 planting intentions revealed a possible 10.2 per cent (0.2Mha) increase in the area planted to barley in Canada, estimated at...
23 April 2015
FAO: Soil Degradation 'Alarming'
GERMANY - The importance of soils for global food production was highlighted by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the start of Global Soil Week in Berlin....
22 April 2015
Heavy Rains Benefit Wheat but Delay Other Plantings
US - More rainstorms have swept over much of the Texas, leaving fields too soggy to work in many areas, but generally benefiting wheat, pastures and rangeland, according to Texas A&M AgriLife...
20 April 2015
2015 Grain Harvest - A Game of Two Halves
NEW ZEALAND - The 2015 Grain Harvest has been a game of two halves, according to survey results released by the Arable Industry Marketing Initiative (AIMI)....
17 April 2015
Residue Levels in Food Falling Across EU
EU - The amount pesticides or veterinary drug residues found in meat and food products across Europe is falling and the majority of products pose no risk to public health....
16 April 2015
FAO Supporting Yemenis Farmers as Conflict Escalates
YEMEN - Amidst escalating conflict at a crucial time in the country’s cropping season, almost 11 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and millions more are at risk of not meeting...
US NFU Disappointed by Cuts to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
US - NFU President Roger Johnson says he was disappointed in the US House of Representatives Energy and Water spending subcommittee’s reduction of funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency...
Cotton Planting Falls Behind
US - Only about 5 per cent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the five-year average of 12 per cent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension...
15 April 2015
Could El Niño Return in 2015?
GLOBAL - Once more there is an increased risk that an El Niño weather phenomenon may occur according to weather forecasters. ...
14 April 2015
Usher to Modern Techniques in Agriculture, Says Indian Agri Minister
INDIA - Indian farmers need to use modern techniques for farm practices, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said at the 77th meeting of the General Council of National Cooperative...
10 April 2015
New Tool to Help Growers Make More Meaningful Variety Choices
UK - Even more meaningful variety choices can now be made by growers, thanks to a new online tool based on variety trial information....
08 April 2015
Climate Change Causing Losses for US Soybean Farmers
US - Changes in weather patterns have been eating into the profits made by soybean farmers, causing $11 billion worth of losses over the past 20 years, according to researchers from the University...
FAO Food Price Index Drops Further in March 2015
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 points in March 2015, down 2.6 points (1.5 per cent) from its revised February value and nearly 40 points (18.7 per cent) below its level in March...
Soybean Planting Date and Varietal Maturity
US - Along with the continuing emphasis on getting soybean planted early—late April to early May—comes the question of soybean maturity rating and whether early planting benefits fuller-...
07 April 2015
World Health Day: Can 'FoodKeeper' Application Reduce Waste?
ANALYSIS - How often do you have to throw away food because it's gone past its best? ...
02 April 2015
US Corn Planting Way Behind, But Should We Be Worried?
US - US corn plantings are well behind average progress for this point in the season, with very few states having begun planting, should we be concerned?...
01 April 2015
Fish Fertiliser Viable for Organic Vegetable Production
US - A study at Auburn University, Alabama, showed that hydrolysed fish fertiliser can be economically viable for organic vegetable production, despite providing lower yields than inorganic nitrogen....
27 March 2015
Less Fertiliser Does Not Mean Lower Sugar Yield
AUSTRALIA - Early trial results show a new approach to fertiliser application in Wet Tropics cane farms is ultimately boosting the quality of water heading downstream, with minimal effect on...
Flower-Enriched Farms Boost Bee Populations
UK - Flower strips sown into farmers' fields not only attract bees but increase their numbers, new University of Sussex research has shown....
25 March 2015
Cyclone Pam Destroys Crops in Vanuatu
VANUATU - Strong winds, heavy rains and floods resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture throughout Vanuatu, including the main food and export crops, livestock,...
24 March 2015
Why is UK Wheat Behaving More Like Maize?
UK - Global wheat markets for old and new crop have rallied in the past week, adding strength to Paris wheat futures....
23 March 2015
EU Agriculture Council Discuss Harmonisation of Organic Farming
EU - The Agriculture and Fisheries Council recently held a public debate on a proposal for organic farming....
20 March 2015
Little Change for Scotland's Winter-sown Crops
SCOTLAND, UK - The results of the latest December Agricultural Survey show that the area of winter-sown crops in December 2014 was similar to the previous December at 204,000 hectares, with 2,300...
IFPRI: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico Home to Half World’s Hungry
GLOBAL - Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry,...
19 March 2015
US Crop Rumours Are Just That
US - Warm and dry weather in parts of the US, while continuing to cause some fears for winter wheat, are expected to support maize and soybean planting pace....
17 March 2015
2015 Cereals Harvest Shows 8 Per Cent Drop in EU Grains
EU - New estimates for EU cereals plantings in 2015 reveal EU cereals production is expected to drop by as much as eight per cent this year, compared to last year, mainly as a result of the new...
Sharp EU Rapeseed Decline Expected as Result of Neonicotinoid Seed Ban
EU - New figures released by Copa-Cogeca reveal EU rapeseed production is expected to fall by as much as seven per cent this year, compared to 2014, mainly as a result of the neonicotinoid seed...
16 March 2015
Are Neonicotinoids Reducing Crop Yields?
GLOBAL - Beetles that are helpful to farmers can be poisoned if they feed on slugs that have eaten crops treated with neonicotinoids, a new study reports. ...
Prices of Chinese Farm Produce Drop
CHINA - The prices of major farm produce in China dropped last week according to a survey of 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
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