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Tuesday 17th February 2015.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland



Global Analytics

Are 'stressed' bees the cause of colony collapse?

Researchers have tracked the activity of bees forced to begin foraging earlier in their lives due to stress on their colonies and found that they collect less pollen and die earlier, accelerating the decline and collapse of their hives.

Bees usually begin foraging when they are 2-3 weeks old but when bee colonies are stressed by disease, a lack of food, or other factors that kill off older bees, the younger bees start foraging at a younger age. - Continue reading.

Also this week

Scientists in the UK have found a genetic mechanism that could stop the spread of Septoria leaf blotch (STB) - a devastating disease threatening wheat crops.

The falling price of soybeans globally has caused a 63 per cent decline to India's oilmeals exports.

Drought-affected farmers in New Zealand's South Island have been offered tax relief. 

Revenue Minister Todd McClay said: “The Government recognises that this will be a difficult time for many affected farmers.

"This assistance from Inland Revenue will give greater flexibility to affected farmers around their tax obligations, and is designed to make the coming months easier for them as they deal with the effects of the drought.”

~ Gemma

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Global Crop Industry News

   United States

Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population
Keep Stored Grain Cool and Dry
Wheat Growers Welcome Move Forward with Bill to End Cuban Embargo
New Experimental Grain Sorghum Shows High Yield Potential
Updated Weed Control Guide Now Available
Research Yields Cotton Resistant to Leaf Curl Virus
NFU Praises Introduction of Freedom to Export to Cuba Act
Water a Limiting Factor to Corn Silage Quality
Chances of Saving with Solar Energy Greater for Farms than Homes


India’s Veg Oil Imports up 17 Per Cent
India’s January Oilmeal Exports Down by 63 Per Cent
India’s Oilmeal Exports to Iran Down by 70 Per Cent

   New Zealand

Government Offers Tax Relief for Drought-Affected Farmers

   United Kingdom

Largest Ever Grain Shipment Leaves the UK
UK Creates Food Enterprise Zones to Drive Growth
Strong Non-EU Wheat Exports from the UK, but Not Strong Enough
Scientists Find Potential Way of Controlling Leaf Blotch Disease in Wheat

   European Union

Strengthening Food Safety in Europe
How Do Neonicotinoid and Fipronil Insecticides Harm Wildlife?


Australian Farmers Supportive of Foreign Investment


Philippines Corn Farmers to Make Own Fertilizer


‘Stressed’ Young Bees Could be the Cause of Colony Collapse


China Eyes GMO Progress Amid Crop Shrinkage


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