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TheCropSite Newsletter - 24 April 2012

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The Crop Site

Tuesday 24th April 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

Greetings from a sunny but cool Midwest. The weather here in northern Illinois is expected to be around 50 - 65º F (10-19º C) this week, and soil moisture, which had been a concern earlier, remains high.

USDA's weekly Crop Progress Report released Monday afternoon, showed Illinois plantings at 59 per cent and Indiana coming on strong at 46 per cent. However, Iowa is actually below the 5-year average at 9 per cent planted.

This week I'm going to share highlights from another speaker at the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum. William Lapp, a grain economist with Advanced Economic Solutions, spoke about US and global agriculture trends.

Lapp said the key factors driving commodity prices to record levels are strong global economic growth that is being led by developing countries like China, a weakening of the US dollar since 2002 and the US biofuels policy.

He said emerging economies are now the engines of global growth, while the US, EU and Japan have, for the most part, stabilized.

Chinese soybean imports are expected to be 63 MMT (51MM acres) in 2012/2013. Looking 10 years out to 2021/2022, expectations suggest a rise to 90MMT (69MM acres).

Higher corn prices will mean less US meat production. The per capita meat supply has been declining since 2007. Lapp believes this has less to do with consumer demand for meat, and more to do with high grain prices, resulting in farmers/ranchers reducing their cattle supply.

Lapp said the trend in global oilseed acreage is up, up, up - rising 25 per cent in the last 10 years. Brazil and Argentina soybean acreage has risen 80 per cent and 86 per cent respectively, while EU and Canadian canola acreage has increased 66 percent and 52 per cent respectively. During the same 10 years, US soybean acreage has increased only 4 per cent.

US corn stocks for 2011/2012 season were exceptionally tight, but projections for 2012/2013 show stocks rebounding.

To read more on global economic trends, click here.

I'll close on a very personal note - my amazing twins are turning double digits (10 years old) today. Happy Birthday to Claire and Zachary - our dynamic duo!

Have a great week!

Global Soy Exports Affected by Looming Trade War?
On April 16, Argentina nationalized the assets of Spanish oil company Repsol YPF. Spain has promised quick retaliatory action, including trade sanctions, which could halt Argentine soybean exports, write Nuria Martínez Herráez and Chris Wright for TheCropSite.

Health Threats Even as Hunger Declines in EU, Central Asia
By 2030 undernourishment will be only a minor problem in Europe and Central Asia, but obesity and diet-related illnesses like heart disease could emerge as major challenges for public policy, FAO said.

Food Waste of Processed Product at Retail, Consumption Level
Roughly one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted globally, which is about 1.3 billion ton per year. Food is wasted throughout the food supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption, writes Dr Ashleigh Bright from the Farm Animal Initiative.

Ethanol: Driving Another Biofuels Boom
Bill Gibbons can look out his window and see where it all began. From his office he looks down on the small building where the ethanol industry was born in the United States. He should know. He was there. Since the late 1970s, Gibbons has seen the ethanol industry rise, sputter, and rise again. And now he’s getting ready for the biofuels industry to go through anothergrowth spurt.

Study: Food Labeling Doesn't Equate to Healthy Eating
A study by Université Laval's Maurice Doyon and French and American researchers shows that US consumers know surprisingly more about the fat content of the foods they buy than their French counterparts.

Managing Break of Season: Risks, Opportunities for Seeding Strategies
The success of seeding operations in low rainfall cropping regions of Western Australia depends upon the timing of seeding in relation to rainfall and subsequent soil water conditions.

   Russian Federation

Record Sugar Production but Forecasts Down
Russia's Oilseed Production Forecast Down

   United States

Nanotech Cotton Opens Up New Possibilities for the Fibre
A New Approach to Molecular Plant Breeding
Weekly Roberts Market Report
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Friday
CME Comments on Oversight of Energy Markets
CME: Corn plantings Off to a Strong Start
Another Volatile Price Day After the USDA Reports
What's the Future for Corn Ethanol?
US Sugar Programme 'Bad for Consumers, Bad for Agriculture'
Options to Control Corn Plants from the Initial Planting
Biofuels Mandate would Cause Corn Price Spikes
Expectations for the 2012-13 Corn Marketing Year
AFBF Urges Senate to Move Farm Bill Forward


Heavy Stubble Loads Needn’t Slow You Down
Growth Forecast for Australia's Sugar Cane Industry
Facts Not Fear Should Inform the GM Crop Debate
Rabobank: New Approach Needed to Manage Fertiliser Price Volatility


Colombian Agricultural Industry Concerned About FTA
Why Assessing China’s Demand for Corn Remains Uncertain
ASAJA Encourage Argentinian Import Restrictions
Findings on Aphid Symbiosis Could Provide New Insecticide Targets
First Approval Worldwide for New Seed Treatment
Cargill CEO Discusses Challenge of Food Security
Global Soy Exports Affected by Looming Trade War?
Rural Women Fall Behind on Millennium Development Goals

   United Kingdom

Biofuels Lobbying Could Pay Off in Time for Harvest
Using Maths to Feed the World
Science, Industry Club Together to Deliver Better Crops

   European Union

EU Agriculture Reforms 'Too Complex'
Should EU Commission Do More to Combat Increased Bee Mortality?
EU-27 Grain and Feed: All Eyes on the Weather - Again
EU-27 Oilseeds Production Forecast Looks Stable
Excessive Bureaucracy Under EU Subsidies


Record Canola Production Forecast for Canada


Despite Regulation, Indonesia Expects to Increase Sugarcane Production
Indonesian Wheat, Corn, Rice Imports to Increase


Mexico Oilseed Production Expected to Increase in 2012/13


Peru Sugar Cane Production Expected to Rise


Algeria's 2012 Grain Production Forecast Up


Zimbabwe Sugar Production to Increase


EuroTier 2012 Remains Bound for Success


With Favourable Weather, India Oilseed Production Likely to Grow


Ecuador's Sugar Production to Increase with New Varieties


Swaziland's Sugar Production to Increase through Irrigation Project

   Viet Nam

Local Wheat Demand for Vietnam Animal Feed to Remain High

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