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20 October 2014
EU Export Commitments Escalate
EU - This week has seen a substantial increase (945Kt) in EU soft wheat export commitments, with the 2014/15 season cumulative total now at 8.4Mt, according to the HGCA Grain Market Daily....
Above-average Wheat Harvest Estimated for Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN - An above-average wheat crop, mainly harvested in May/June, of about 5.1 million tonnes is estimated in 2014, similar to 2013 which was one of the highest on record for the last...
17 October 2014
Market Analyst: Grain Prices Supported This Week
ANALYSIS - Several market factors have supported grains prices this week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics....
Cambodia Rice Forecast Down
CAMBODIA - Planting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which normally accounts for about 80 per cent of annual production, is almost complete....
16 October 2014
Special Report: How is Ebola Impacting the Global Food Situation?
GLOBAL - In Western Africa, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has disrupted markets, farming activities and livelihoods, seriously affecting the food security...
How Many Acres of Corn Are Needed in 2015?
US - One of the functions of crop markets is to direct planting decisions of US producers. The market's assessment of the amount of acreage needed of various crops in any production cycle is...
15 October 2014
Grain Market Daily: US Farmers Struggling to Harvest Much Awaited Maize Crop
GLOBAL - The size of this year’s US maize crop has been a big bearish factor for the grain market with current USDA forecasts pointing to a record 367.68Mt or 37 per cent of the total global...
Research Paves Way for New Generation of Fungicides
UK - BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Exeter have provided novel insights into the mechanisms by which pathogenic fungi avoid the immune responses of the plants they attack. ...
New ‘Grain Market Daily’ Update Announced
UK - The AHDB/HGCA Cereals and Oilseeds Market Intelligence team has announced a new market product providing daily markets information....
Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects Boosted by Research
US - The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the US Department of Agriculture...
10 October 2014
Market Analyst: Fight Returns to Grain Futures
ANALYSIS - This week saw corn have it's first higher close in five weeks, following wheats first higher close in six weeks, last week, reports Mike Zuzolo for Global Commodity Analytics....
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise
CHINA - Chinese farm produce prices rose slightly according to the latest survey of 36 large and medium-sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce....
Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle Oilseed Losses Estimated at 2.7 Per Cent
UK - Cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) damage has contributed to estimated losses of 2.7 per cent of the winter oilseed rape (WOSR) area in England and Scotland, according to a ‘snapshot assessment’...
09 October 2014
'Be Realistic' When Projecting Success of 2014
CANADA - When it comes to planning it’s important to base projections on realistic numbers, according to an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist....
06 October 2014
Nitrogen Compounds Control Disease Resistance in Cereals
DENMARK - Nitrogen compounds play an important role in the plant’s fight against fungal diseases. Researchers are now seeking a better understanding of these mechanisms. This may present plant...
03 October 2014
Endocrine Disruptors – Risk or Hazard?
ANALYSIS - As the European Commission launched its consultation on endocrine disruptors as pesticides, crop protection industry experts spelt out concerns that a catch all hazard based approach...
Higher Wheat Yields, Lower Quality - Higher Feed Grain Availability Expected
CANADA - A weather and crop specialist with CWB says slightly above average grain yields combined with lower quality will result in an abundant supply of feed grains this year....
02 October 2014
Wild Grass Provides Target for Wheat, Barley Breeding Research
UK - Plant scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have made a breakthrough that could lead to new, high-yielding, disease-resistant crop varieties....
Public Perception of Farming is Increasingly Positive
UK - More of the British public think positively about farmers and farming than last year according to a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by the NFU. ...
01 October 2014
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower
US - December corn futures closed down 5 3/4 cents at $3.20 today. ...
30 September 2014
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Higher
US - December corn futures closed up 1 1/2 cents at $3.24 1/2 today. ...
29 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Will Hong Kong Protests Affect Markets?
GLOBAL - China is celebrating a week-long national holiday this week, which could make for quieter trading in many markets. The market place is also keeping a wary eye on a big pro-democracy...
Funding for Farmer-Led Feed Grain Research
CANADA - Farmer-led research to find new feed wheat varieties will receive C$400,000 funding under the Growing Forward 2 initiative....
26 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: Markets Weaker Overnight
GLOBAL - In overnight news, Asian and European stock markets followed Wall Street’s Thursday lead to trade lower Friday. ...
Biofuels Make Record Contributions to UK Energy
UK - The Government’s quarterly Energy Trends publication reveals a record contribution from bioenergy for keeping the lights on and our cars moving whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions....
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower
US - December corn futures closed down 3 3/4 cents at $3.25 3/4 today. ...
25 September 2014
Jim Wyckoff's Morning Report: US Dollar Surges Against Other Currencies
GLOBAL - A feature in the market place this week has been the surging U.S. dollar versus most of the other major world currencies. ...
Indiana Farm Fatalities Continue Downward Trend
US - Eighteen farm-related fatalities were documented in Indiana in 2013, down from 26 the previous year and reflecting a trend of fewer deadly accidents on the farm, a Purdue University report...
Researchers Uncover Enzyme Structure that Makes Plant Cellulose
US - Purdue researchers have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could lead to easier ways of breaking down plant materials to make biofuels and other...
24 September 2014
Wyckoff's Closing Grains: Corn Closed Lower
US - December corn futures closed down 4 1/2 cents at $3.25 3/4 Tuesday. ...
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