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TheCropSite Newsletter - 31 January 2012

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The Crop Site

Tuesday 31st January 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

In last week's newsletter, I shared a few insights from the Allendale Ag Leaders Conference - Maximizing the Opportunity of Global Change held in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA in mid-January and this week there's more.

Drew Lerner, president and senior agricultural meteorologist of World Weather, shared his North American forecast for the 2012 growing season.

Spring: Expect cool conditions to balance the warmer-than-normal winter. The precipitation anomaly for early spring is going to continue to be below average on precipitation in the Northern Plains. In early spring, expect to see a wet bias in the Ohio River basin and parts of the Delta, which could delay planting. Canadian prairies are also expected to be cooler than normal.

Early summer: Into May and June, the drier, warmer bias in the Northern Plains will continue to perpetuate itself, allowing crops in this area to be planted fairly quickly. The moisture abundance in the Midwest should diminish as we enter the May/June time period. The dryness in the Southeast could shift up into the Ohio River basin and change the moisture level. A drier bias in Canada is expected with cooler than normal temperatures expected for an extended period of time, likely another five or six months.

Mid-summer: There's the ridge in the middle of the country. The heat ridge carries a trough of low pressure over the eastern US, suggesting there will be more rain in the eastern part of the Midwest than last year. Spring dryness in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky should go away moving into the summer. The southeastern US should see an abundance of precipitation as we move deeper into the summer season. Canada is expected to counterbalance herself a bit with less heat throughout the summer.

Late summer/fall: A drier bias is expected. Harvest should go extremely well. It'll be dry in the northern Plains, so they should expect to harvest early. The rest of the country should expect a normal harvest.

To read more about Lerner's weather expectations for North America, click here. And… watch the Headlines & Analysis section of TheCropSite this week for Lerner's 2012 global weather outlook.

One final note… last week, I attended the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. First off, let me say it has a huge trade show (two exhibit halls), with a large section dedicated to feed. A truly international audience attended, with an exceptionally strong presence from South America. It was a real learning experience for me, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the poultry industry. Read more IPE coverage at my sister sites or

Have a great week!

North America: Where's the Snow?
There has been virtually no snow up in Canada, no snow in the northern US Plains, and the Upper Midwest has seen only two snow events this winter and neither was hugely significant, so we wonder "Where's the snow?", writes Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite senior editor.

Putting Variable-Rate Seeding to Work on Your Farm
Each year, more new planters come with variable-rate capability, and more farmers report using this feature to vary corn seeding rates.

Weed Suppressing Wheat Put to Test in Trials
New Western Australian trial results have increased knowledge about competitive wheat lines - which could give growers the option of keeping weedy paddocks in crop.

2012 Outlook for Irish Cereals Sector
Harvest prices in the cereals sector in 2011 were higher than in 2010, according to F.S. Thorne from Teagasc's Agricultural Economics and Farm Surveys Department in his outlook for cereals in 2011/12.

Legumes Give Nitrogen-supplying Bacteria Special Access Pass
A 120-year debate on how nitrogen-fixing bacteria are able to breach the cell walls of legumes has been settled. A paper to be published on Monday 19th December by John Innes Centre scientists reports that plants themselves allow bacteria in.

Evaluation of Foliar Fungicides Applied On Corn in 2011
The effect of foliar fungicides applied on foliar disease, stalk rot and yield of corn were evaluated during the 2011 growing season at six locations in Iowa: ISU Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm near Sutherland; ISU Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Kanawha; ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Nashua, Ames (central); ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville; and the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis (Fig. 1).

Scientists Rally 'Round the Range
Rangelands in the western United States provide essential grazingland for hundreds of thousands of cattle and other livestock as well as a home for a vast array of native plants and animals.

   United States

CME: Is Drought Still a Problem?
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Friday
North America: Where's the Snow?
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Texas: Conditions Mixed as Famers Mull Spring Planting
US Voucher Schemes for Enhanced Fertiliser Use: Lessons Learned and Policy Implications
DSM and POET to Build Commercial Facility Under JV
Groups Support US-EU Trade Agreement
National Science Foundation Supports Research Aimed at Reducing Fertiliser
NFU: Positive with Commitment to Renewables
GeoGrain: Spot Corn Basis Pushes Higher
Grain Hedge: Markets Continue to Climb
Frank N. Morgan, Owner of Q7 Ranch, Passed Away Unexpectedly
Purdue Researcher: Spray Water Quality Matters in Herbicide Efficacy
Low-oil DDGS Becoming Increasingly Available
DuPont Works with Iowa State University on Residue Buildup
K-State to Host Sorghum Schools In Six Locations Around State
New Method to Control Disease-Carrying Insects

   New Zealand

Europe Dampens NZ Farmer Confidence


Niger: Thousands of Villages Hit By Severe Food Shortages
Findings on Safety of Genetically Modified Food
Export Competition Updates: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, South Africa
IPE 2012: Forum Focuses on Cutting Feed Costs
Signing Ceremony Launches New Afghan Association for Food and Feed

   United Kingdom

Consumer Focus for NFU Campaign
NFU Livestock Board Chairman Steps Down
Farm Income Forecasts a Mixed Bag
Govt Looks to Increase Food Exports
Forecasts Show Many Sectors on the Up


CWB Creating New Programmes for a New Era
Hairy Hill Biorefinery Continues Development
Canadian Crop Producers Optimism at All Time High


Barley Adapts to Climate Change


Irish Growers Achieve Record Cereal Yields in 2011
Increase in Key Input Prices in 2012


Philippine's Agriculture Sector Grew by 2.34% in 2011


Cambodia: Milled Rice Exports Drop in January


Grim Future for Thai Rice Exports


In Panama, Members Can Take Command of the Export Future


Soyabean And Corn Crop Might Witness Significant Decline In South America
Argentina Awards Two More Ethanol Contracts

   European Union

EFSA Guidance for Food & Feed from GM Animals


World's Largest Sugar Producer Will Grow Beet in Ukraine


Australian GM Trials a Success According to Researchers
Iron-Enriched Rice to Boost Nutrition

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