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TheCropSite Newsletter - 21 April 2015

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Tuesday 21st April 2015.
Gemma Hyland - TheCropSite Editor

Gemma Hyland

Global Analytics



Could El Niño Return in 2015?

Once more there is an increased risk that an El Niño weather phenomenon may occur according to weather forecasters.

Last week the US Climate Prediction Centre reported the possibility of El Niño occurring by summer 2015 had reached 70 per cent. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology quickly followed suit.

The phenomenon typically brings drier weather to South East Asia (main palm oil production area) and Australia, and can cause severe drought.

The impacts vary depending on the time of year El Niño develops and in its strength - continue reading.

Is South Korea a changing market for rice?

US exports have averaged more than 104,000 MT of rice to Korea annually over the past six years - representing about 25 per cent of the roughly 410,000 MT imported by volume, or 26 per cent of imports by value.

However, a shift may be coming. While Korea continues to purchase US rice, officials are attempting to manage rice supplies that exceed domestic demand.

In 2013, Korea's rice harvest produced a nearly 200,000 ton surplus. In reaction, the Korean agriculture ministry is looking west to tap into China's rice market - continue reading.

Also this week...

The NFU is urging UK MEPs to reject a draft law limiting the amount of crops involved in biofuel production which is to be presented to the European Parliament (EP) at the end of the month.

This is the last EP vote on the draft before it is instated as legislation and comes after extensive debates on Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) in a European Council, Parliament and Commission trialogue and in the Environment Committee - read more.

~ Gemma

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Global Crop Industry News

   United States

Corn Planting Will Soon Move into High Gear, but Drought Persists
Rice Conservation Meeting Sets the Stage for Sustainability Talks
Maize Roots Developed Better Nitrogen Efficiency Over Last Century
US NFU Disappointed by Cuts to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
Cotton Planting Falls Behind

   United Kingdom

Political Parties Commit to Food and Farming
A New Look HGCA at Cereals 2015


Rise in Price of Chinese Farm Produce
China Steps up Monitoring of Farm and Aquatic Products


Can Bioenergy Sustainably Contribute to Future Energy Supplies?

   New Zealand

2015 Grain Harvest - A Game of Two Halves


Indian Sugar Output up 3.2 Million Tonnes
Australian Delegation Meets Mohanbhai Kundariya

   European Union

Residue Levels in Food Falling Across EU
Future of Biofuels Use in MEPs’ Hands

   Korea, South

South Korea - A Changing Market for Rice?


Stronger Canadian Wheat Board Increases Competition
Canada Investing in Grain Sector to Increase Exports
Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More
Harper Government Invests in Commercial Beekeeping to Bolster Agriculture Industry


What Are Priorities for Future Sustainable Food Production?
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