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TheCropSite Newsletter - 23 December 2014

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland


Global Analytics


California Drought: What's the Latest?

A spate of December storms brought much-needed moisture to California, where 80 per cent of the state has been battling extreme or exceptional drought.

A high-pressure ridge off the West Coast (typical of historic droughts) prevailed for three winters, blocking important wet season storms, with ocean surface temperature patterns making such a ridge much more likely.

Richard Seager, professor with Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory said: "It's important to note that California's drought, while extreme, is not an uncommon occurrence for the state.

"In fact, multi-year droughts appear regularly in the state's climate record, and it's a safe bet that a similar event will happen again." - read more.

Also this week...

The EU became the world’s top wheat export market this year and will be the cornerstone of trade in the future.

However, 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.

The report suggests storage capacity is currently not sufficient and will not be in 2024 unless action is taken.

A drop in EU rapeseed production in 2015 is forecast as first results of the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban start to emerge.

Newly elected Chairman of the Copa-Cogeca working party Arnaud Rousseau warned: “The situation is problematic and it is expected to get worse, causing job losses especially in rural areas.

"In Finland, a big fall in the rapeseed area has been reported, forcing some farmers to stop producing and causing rapeseed crushing plants to shut down."

~ Gemma

We would like to wish our readers a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015. TheCropSite newsletter will return on Tuesday 6th January.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

China's Food Self-sufficiency Policy
It is unlikely China will be able to maintain self-sufficiency on all major agrifood commodities, according to Matthew Hyde and Faraz Syed in the latest Agricultural Commodities quarterly report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Rice, wheat and pig meat are likely to remain the focus of China’s self-sufficiency policy but resource constraints will challenge its ability to maintain self-sufficiency in beef, sheep meat, soybeans and feed grains.

How to Sustainably Feed Nine Billion People
Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations? But, scratch the surface of this potential solution, and it doesn’t really stack up.

Market Reports

USDA GAIN: Bulgaria Oilseeds Market Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: Bulgaria Grain and Feed Market Update December 2014
USDA GAIN: Rice Price Weekly December 2014
China Wholesale Prices 22 December 2014
USDA GAIN: Algeria Wheat Update December 2014
Irish CSO Reports Wholesale Price Index November 2014
Irish CSO Reports Livestock Slaughterings November 2014
USDA Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook December 2014

Global Crop Industry News


Syngenta Receives Chinese Import Approval for Corn Trait
Chinese Farm Produce Prices Rise Slightly

   United States

Demand Keeping Up Support for Oilseed Prices
Purdue Trustees Approve Land Agreement
Purdue to Offer Online Course in 'Agronomy Essentials'
New Chairman of Prominent House Agriculture Subcommittee
California Drought: What's the Latest?


Long-term Water Management Plans

   United Kingdom

Harper Adams University Receives International Quality Rating
Rethinking Inputs in Winter Barley
Strengths and Weaknesses of Fungicides
Should Arable Businesses Pay Greater Attention to Agronomic Detail?
Could Origins of Agriculture Shape Future of Food?
What is the Nutritive Value of Wheat for Broilers?

   European Union

European Union Takes Steps to Encourage Organic Production
EU Grain Storage 'Insufficient'
Drop in EU Rapeseed Blamed on Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Ban


Ozone Pollution can Reduce Crop Yields


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