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TheCropSite Newsletter - 17 July 2012

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Tuesday 17th July 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

I'm just back from a family vacation in the Outerbanks of North Carolina. On the very long drive from home (the Chicago suburbs) to my hometown in Ohio and then south to North Carolina and back, I had a chance to see first-hand how the corn and soybean crops were faring. And I have to say, it was worse than I expected.

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On July 3rd, we drove down I-65 through Indianapolis, Indiana and then across I-70 through Columbus, Ohio - so pretty much in the center of the states. The crop conditions I saw were not as bad in that central part of the state. A lot of corn still looked strong and green with curling leaves seen mostly on the field edges. Again, this was earlier in the month.

On our way home July 15th, we drove across I-80 - the northern part of Ohio and Indiana - and saw much more drought damage. I saw a few decent corn fields, but the majority of the fields were in bad shape and I saw a few that will be a total loss. Where the corn was tasseling, it was uneven and had not reached its full height.

Soybean fields, on the other hand, were faring much better. I saw some drought damage, but for the most part, the bean fields looked much better.

In June, USDA was projecting a record 166 bushels of corn per acre to be harvested this fall. But as of mid-July, that projected yield has been reduced to 146 bushels per acre. agricultural meteorologists expect this figure is likely to go lower and are now projecting the corn yield to be around 138 bushels per acre.

As for this week, says from southern Illinois, south to Arkansas, west to Nebraska and Kansas, high temperatures will range between 95 and 100 degrees. Farther north and east, high temperatures will range between 90 and 95 degrees into Wednesday with some relief from the heat later in the week.

Click here to read more about's forecast.

On a separate note… on Wednesday, I'll be attending the Wyffels Hybrids Corn Strategies 2012 conference in Litchfield, Illinois. I'll fill you in next week on what I learn!

Have a great week!

A New Source of Maize Hybrid Vigor
Steve Moose, an associate professor of maize functional genomics at the University of Illinois and his graduate student Wes Barber think they may have discovered a new source of heterosis, or hybrid vigor, in maize. They have been looking at small RNAs (sRNAs), a class of double-stranded RNA molecules that are 20 to 25 nucleotides in length.

New Heat Measuring Equipment Helps Farmers
>Normally, a farmer has no way of knowing what is going on in the middle of large stacks of silage, grain or feedstuffs – for example, whether rotting has begun.

Agricultural Bacteria: Blowing in the Wind
It was all too evident during the US Dust Bowl what a disastrous impact wind can have on dry, unprotected topsoil.

Innovation Train: How Cargill Moved 400,000 Bu of corn 1,300 Miles
One of the most well-known examples of Cargill innovation is the unit train — that seemingly endless string of grain hopper cars that people curse as they sit in their cars at railroad crossings.

Rio+20 Has Urgency the World Needs
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said that countries were seizing the moment to transform our goals of sustainable development into action at the Rio+20 Conference.


DuPont Pioneer: Megatrend is Driving Global Business

   United States

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: Trade Continues to Debate Drought Situation
CME: USDA Lowers Corn Yields for 2012 Harvest
CME: Corn and Soybean Situation Equally Bad
Grain Sorghum Plantings Up in Response to Drought
Corn Silage Could Salvage Some Value for Drought-Damaged Crop
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Precautions With Late-Season Herbicide Applications
Poor Growing Conditions Affect Grain Supply and Demand
House Agriculture Committee Advances Farm Bill
NFU: USDA Reports Should be Released When Markets are Closed
AFBF Applauds House Ag Committee Farm Bill
NFU Supports Grain Sorghum Biofuel Finding
US Drought Leads to Declaration of Natural Disaster
Spider Mites Attack Soybeans Already Hit by Drought
Corn Yield Likely Lower Than USDA Projections
Expected Price Pattern for Corn and Soybeans
Drought Study to Develop Next Generation Bioenergy Grasses


Brazil Rains Impact Sugar Production


Mozambique Rice Project Pays Off


No Silver Bullet for Pest Control Among Australian Winter Crops
Farmers Must Diversify to Survive
Liberal Scare Tactics Risk Long Term Costs for Queensland Farmers
National Food Plan for Australia

   European Union

Transitional Measures in Place Ahead of CAP Reform
Bioeconomy Can Shape Future of Europe's Wealth
EU Cereal Harvest Expected to Increase, Oilseeds Decline
Importance of Young Farmers Highligted
Farm Ministers Look at Strengthening Agricultral Markets


Floods Destroy Crops and Leave Thousands Food Insecure


Kenya Wheat Products Affected by Market Confusion


China Wheat: Yields Above Average, but Below Expectation


Slow Start to Pakistan Cotton Production Season


Malaysian Palm Oil Production Forecast Down


Ethiopia Ban on Cotton Exports Lifted


Tax on Imported Food Will Benefit Farmers


Genetically Enhanced Corn Events Approved for Pilot Stage


India Rice Sowing Picks Up

   United Kingdom

Pig Industry Fighting Feed Costs
Gates Foundation Funds £6.4M GM Study
UK Planted Area Up, But Yields Uncertain
Sugar Beet Biofuel Farmers Get Red Tractor Boost

   Russian Federation

Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus Keep Customs Union

   Viet Nam

Vietnam Rice Production Revised Upwards
Rice-Shrimp Farming Model Successful in Ca Mau


EuroTier 2012 - Bigger than Ever Before


DA Allots P67M for Siargao Farmers, Fisherfolk


Harper Government Investing in Grain Storage Technology

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