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TheCropSite Newsletter - 16 December 2014

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Tuesday 16th December 2014.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland



Global Analytics

2015 Cereals Forecast Down

As the new year nears, attention turns to projections for next years crops.

After a bumper EU harvest in 2014 estimated to reach 322.4 million tonnes, wheat exports will be at a good level and EU grain storage capacities at their maximum.

New estimates for EU cereals plantings in 2015 meanwhile show production to be down slightly to reach 305 mt.

Also this week...

More rain is expected to ease California's ongoing drought, but with it, the risk of further mudslides.

At present, 80 per cent of the state is in either extreme or exceptional drought.

In the UK, the latest NFU survey results show a marked dip in short-term confidence among farmers and growers.

Farmers and growers told the NFU, as part of its fifth annual confidence survey, that they expected negative impacts on their businesses in the coming year relating to regulation and legislation (77 per cent); CAP reform (59 per cent); output prices (56 per cent) and input prices (52 per cent).

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Have a great week!

~ Gemma

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Insecticides Foster 'Toxic' Slugs, Reduce Crop Yields
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida.

Can Organic Crops Compete with Industrial Agriculture?
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Market Reports

Irish CSO Reports December 2014
USDA Potato Stocks December 2014
USDA GAIN: Thailand Rice Price Update December 2014
USDA Rice Outlook December 2014
USDA Feed Outlook December 2014
USDA Peanut Prices December 2014
USDA Cotton & Wool Outlook December 2014
USDA Oil Crops Outlook December 2014
USDA Wheat Outlook December 2014
Europe Mars Bulletins December 2014
USDA GAIN: Indonesia Grain and Feed Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: Turkey Oilseeds and Products Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: China Grain and Feed Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: India Oilseeds and Products Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: India Cotton and Products Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: Indonesia Oilseeds and Products Update November 2014
USDA GAIN: Thailand Weekly Rice Price Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: Thailand Grain and Feed Update December 2014
Irish CSO Reports Consumer Price Index December 2014
USDA Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade December 2014
USDA GAIN: Pakistan Cotton and Products Update December 2014
USDA Oilseed: World Markets and Trade December 2014
USDA Grains: World Markets and Trade December 2014
USDA Cotton: World Markets and Trade December 2014
USDA Crop Production December 2014
USDA Cotton Ginnings December 2014
USDA WASDE December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 10 December 2014

Global Crop Industry News

   United States

Corn Price Strength Continues
Market Analyst: Wheat Use, Corn Exports Fall
DuPont Pioneer Announces Powerful Soybean Lineup for 2015


India Government Promotes Bee Keeping
India’s Sugar Production Up 56 Per Cent
No Ban on Bonus on Purchase Price of India Wheat
India’s November Soymeal Exports Drops
India’s Cotton Output at 40.2 Million Bales
India’s Oilmeals Export Down by 45 Per Cent During April to Nov 2014

   United Kingdom

Toxic Nectar Affects Behaviour of Insect Pollinators
Survey: Market Volatility Taking Toll on Farmers
UK Finally Becomes Net-exporter of Wheat
NFU Sugar Mentors New Beet Generation
UK Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition Launched
Reminder for Farmers to Stay Safe this Winter

   European Union

Cereals Forecast Down for 2015, Concerns Over Lack of Crop Protection
New GM Soya to get Approval Soon


Russian Export Concerns Diminish
World Cereal Production to Surpass Last Year's Record
World Trade Negotiators Set New Deadlines for Agricultural Talks

   Russian Federation

Russia Snow Impacts Markets


Honduras Crops at 'Uncertain' Levels


Australian Farm Output Forecast Down for Next Year


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