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TheCropSite Newsletter - 24 March 2015

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Tuesday 24th March 2015.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland


Global Analytics


Crop Production Declines Expected with Neonicotinoid Ban

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 treatment ban.

New figures released by Copa-Cogeca estimates declines of up to one million tonnes in rapeseed production in Germany.

Some areas have been particularly badly hit, like in parts of the UK where producers lost 40 per cent of their production - continue reading.

Keeping with neonics, in American field trials, researchers found that plots planted with neonicotinoid-treated soybeans contained more slugs, fewer beetle predators and had five per cent lower yields, suggesting that beetles that are helpful to farmers can be poisoned if they feed on slugs that have eaten crops treated with neonicotinoids - read more.

Also this week...

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.

By offering a good start to crops, markets will typically respond bearishly to this, but it takes more than a good planting season to make a crop.

In contrast, there are also suggestions that US fertiliser usage will be lower due to current low crop prices, reducing the optimal yield that is economical to push for - continue reading.

~ Gemma

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