Wheat and spring barley still to cut in Scotland

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Harvest is becoming a torrid affair in Scotland, with almost continual rain frustrating efforts to cut remaining crops. Inverness and Morayshire were the worst-affected areas, with at least 70% of the wheat and 40% of the spring barley crops still to cut. "The wheat has been ready for seven to 10 days, and is now…


Upbeat grain forecasts despite mixed returns

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As the combines cut a soggy swathe through the last, damp fields of wheat and barley, we can reflect upon a cereal harvest which produced a wider range of outcomes and emotions than any I can recall. At one end of the scale was the UK record wheat yield of 14.3 tonnes per hectare achieved…


Earlier wheat types for ‘safer’ harvests

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After a year which appears to have suited taller, more freely tillering, later-maturing wheat, South West growers are being reminded to look at the bigger picture and still select other types for this autumn’s plantings. "Don’t forget the value of early maturing types in terms of gaining a good start and protecting wheat quality in…


Food price inflation concerns will persist despite wheat, rice falls

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FOOD-PRICE inflation concerns for policy makers are set to persist even as rice declines and wheat trades below this year’s peak, according to the United Nations, which said that importers are still paying more than a year ago. Another year of bumper wheat and rice harvests, as well as a continued surplus in corn, is…


Most crops have yielded well

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This year’s spring barley, winter wheat and oat harvest is complete in most areas, except for small pockets in the midlands and northeast. In general, the harvest could be described as reasonable to very good. Crops that looked thin and with poor yield potential coming up to harvest appear to have yielded extremely well. This…


Scotland’s farmers suffer ‘worst ever’ harvest

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Farmers in Scotland face having to abandon crops due to appalling ground conditions and sprouted grains. John Hutcheson said this year’s harvest was the worst ever at Leckerstone Farm, Dunfermline, Fife. "It’s not going well at all – it’s even worse than 2008,” he said. Of 486ha (1200 acres) of wheat, Mr Hutcheson still had…


Mali farmers adopt short-season crop as rainfall shifts

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WAKORO, Mali (Alertnet) – Mariam Coulibaly surveys the leaves of groundnuts growing in the fields outside her village. The crop is a traditional one in this west African country, but the seed variety is not. “We no longer grow tikaba (a traditional variety of groundnut)… It has disappeared from our region,” Coulibaly says. Shifting patterns…


Aussie wheat exports record will curb prices

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Market analysts predict that Australia will export a record amount of wheat in the coming year, helping to curb upward pressure in global prices. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences estimate that the country will export 20.4m tonnes in the year starting October 1, up 9.5pc from last year. Production was…


Frost dents further US corn and soybean prospects

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The North American freeze last week appears to have done more damage to crops in some areas than initially thought, with corn and soybeans in Minnesota suffering a particular downgrade. The condition rating of the soybean crop in North Dakota tumbled by nine points to 60%, in terms of the proportion rated in "good" or…


Potato Europe event a hit for British exporters

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International seed breeders and exporters sharing the Potato Council stand enjoyed a very busy time at this year’s Potato Europe (Tournai, Belgium, September 7-8). "The record-breaking 2011 seed potato export season reflects our success in this sector," said David Murdie, CEO for Grampian Growers, who was on the stand for the first time this year.…


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