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TheCropSite Newsletter - 15 May 2012

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Tuesday 15th May 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

Having grown up in the meat and potatoes Midwest, I realize now that I haven't appreciated the significance of rice. But in my editorial role looking at the world of crop, I am beginning to understand the global value that rice brings to the table, literally.

Last week, the US Department of Agriculture released a report indicating that global rice production is forecast at a record 466.4 million tons (milled basis) in 2012/2013.

The bumper crop is the result of expanded area, with Southeast Asia and SubSaharan Africa accounting for the bulk of the expansion. At 159.8 million hectares, global rice area is up 0.9 million hectares from a year earlier.

Here's a peek at what's happening around the world in rice:
  • China, the world's largest rice-producing country, is projected to produce a record 141.0 million tons of rice in 2012/13.
  • India's production is projected at a near-record 102.5 million cwt, down 1 percent from a year earlier, with both area and yield forecast to be down.
  • In nearby Pakistan, production is projected at a near-record 6.8 million tons, a result of both area expansion and a higher yield.
  • Vietnam is projected to harvest a record 26.5-million ton crop in 2012/13.
  • Thailand is projected to harvest a record 21.05 million tons of rice.
  • US production is expected to decline 1 percent to 5.83 million tons, the result of a big drop in area.
  • Brazil's production is projected to increase almost 2 percent to 11.0 million tons, mostly due to expanded area. Last year, adverse weather was partially responsible for a 13-percent area decline in Brazil.
  • Australia is projected to produce 720,000 tons of rice in 2012/13, almost 5 percent above a year earlier.
  • In contrast, Argentina is projected to harvest 910,000 tons of rice in 2012/13, down nearly 5 percent from a year earlier, a result of smaller area.
  • Egypt is projected to harvest 3.8 million tons of rice in 2012/13, a drop of nearly 11 percent from a year earlier. The Government of Egypt wants to limit rice area to conserve water.
Global ending stocks for 2012/13 are projected at 104.9 million tons, up 0.7 million tons from a year earlier and largest since 2001/02. This is the sixth consecutive year of rising global stocks. Thailand's stocks are projected to increase 29 percent to a record 12.1 million tons, largely due to government policy. Stocks are projected to be slightly higher in 2012/13 in China and India.

Rice. It's a staple - meaning essential to life for not just millions of people, but billions of people. So I'd expect to see countries' stock requirements continue to go up as the global population increases.

Have a great week!

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New Research Reveals Challenges in GM Crop Regulatory Process
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Study Chronicles Rise of Agriculture in Europe
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Decade to Decade: What's the Status of Our Groundwater Quality?
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Barley Takes Leaf out of Reindeer’s Book in Land of the Midnight Sun
Barley grown in Scandinavian countries is adapted in a similar way to reindeer to cope with the extremes of day length at high latitudes new research from the John Innes Centre and the Max Planck Institute has found. Researchers have found a genetic mutation in some Scandinavian barley varieties that disrupts the circadian clock that barley from southern regions use to time their growing season.


Sino-Ukrainian Quarantine Talks Likely to Begin Soon
315 Million Households to Enter Middle Class by 2020
Winners Emerging from the Global Economic Crisis
How Iowa Corn Farmers Explain the Success of Steve Job's Apple


Tunisian Cereals Revised Down Due to Unpredictable Rainfall

   European Union

EU Commission Grants €3.2M for Studies on Honeybee Losses
French President-Elect will Defend Common Ag Policy Budget
EU Sugar Production Expected to Decrease
Dryness and Winterkill Reduce EU Wheat Prospects
EU Rapeseed: Area, Production Forecast Down from Last Year


Successful WA Drought Pilot to Come to an End
Australia Boosts Biosecurity Measures
Farm Health and Safety Research Investments Analysed
Nematode-Resistant Wheat Breeding Lines Available
Australian Primary Industries Education Boosted


Honduras Sugarcane Production Set to Increase


Peru Cotton Production Expected to Fall

   United States

CME: Farmers to Harvest Record Corn Crop
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Thursday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Friday
Agronomist: Growers Have Options for Freeze-Damaged Wheat
Black Cutworm Flocks to Indiana; Scouting Proves Critical
New Tool for Tracking a Voracious Pest
US Growers Should Focus on Soybean Seeding Rate and Depth
Soybean Crop Increases; Supply to Dip to Historic Low
Even One On-Farm Injury is One Too Many, says NFU
Ag Groups and Allies Advocate for Farm Bill Floor Time in Senate
Economist: USDA Reports Contain Some Surprises
Grain Hedge: European Jitters, USDA Reports Send Markets Lower
GeoGrain: Corn Spot Basis Made Six Cent Gain
Rabobank says Value-AddedFresh Vegetables Positioned for Growth
Markets Plead for Soybeans; Farmers have Time to Respond
Forage Supplies Tight, Crops Depend on Water Supply
Is Ethanol Production Linked to Antibiotic Resistance?
Corn Growth Stages, Postemergence Herbicides - Size IS Important
Corn Market Direction Unfolding, Magnitude Still Uncertain
Scout for Slugs Now

   United Kingdom

Action on GHGs Builds Momentum
Mixed Reactions to Go Ahead for Grocery Adjudicator
Cereals 2012: New Crop Protection Technology on Show
Horse Power in Agriculture the Focus at East of England Show
NFU: Draft Water Bill - Making Sense for Farmers
Funding Granted for Research into 'Beneficial Bugs'
AD 'the Missing Link' for Bioenergy
Urgent Need for Strategy on Sustainable Food


Ukraine Corn to Reach Record High, Wheat, Barley to Decrease
Autumn Drought Affects Ukraine Wheat Forecast

   South Africa

South African Corn Decreases Due to Weather


Slight Drop in Chinese Farm Produce Prices
Record Chinese Imports Boost World Cotton Trade in 2011/12
China Soybean Demand Continues to Rise


Brazil Soybeans: 2011/12 Harvest Nearly Complete
Brazil's Sugarcane Future Looks Uncertain


Spain's Farmers, Ranchers Ask for Drought Allowances

   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Becomes Maize Exporter


Canada: Watch for Flea Beetles This Spring


Thai Rice Exports Projected Down

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