Oilseed rape margins to exceed wheat

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THE oilseed rape gross margin is budgeted to be greater than that of wheat for the 2012 harvest. This is one of the most revealing changes to the economics of farming identified in the newly published John Nix Farm Management Pocketbook. It will be the first time in 20 years OSR is shown to clearly…


Tight but nervous grain market

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Grain prices continue to fluctuate on global economic news, but remain underpinned by tight supply and demand. Feed wheat values slipped slightly in the week to Wednesday (7 September), to about £162/t ex-farm, with milling wheat premiums narrowing to about £17/t due to the good quality UK harvest. "There is no real clear trend; with…


Vietnamese Hog Market

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VIET NAM – During the timeframe from 1996 to 2006, Viet Nam’s pork production more than doubled (132 per cent). This illustrates rapid growth- not mainly with large scale farms, but through constant growth from small farms, specialized pig households and the large scale farms, write Ron Lane, Senior Consultant, and Meggie Vo, Research Assistant,…


Harvest news – Europe harvests early, USA late

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The northern hemisphere’s grape harvest has been driven by extremes this year – while Europe is harvesting around two to four weeks early, the west coast of the USA is up to six weeks behind schedule. Climate change expert Dr Greg Jones, from the University of Oregon, said the "huge variability" in seasons, a signifier…


Economics of Corn and Soybean Storage

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US – With smaller grain and oilseed supplies than those of a year ago and increased storage capacity, there should be fewer crop storage issues than in recent years. The decision by producers to store corn and soybeans, however, should be based on expected returns rather than on capacity to store. Total supplies (production plus…


Export apple vote a ‘missed opportunity’

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Nelson pipfruit growers are demanding to know why key exporters did not back a plan to send apples to Australia using rules designed to promote orderly marketing. The results of a postal ballot released yesterday show that while 73 per cent of growers with 72 per cent of the export crop voted to support adopting…


Organic wheat yields from Tewkesbury hit all time highs

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Carl Gray of Grange Farm, Bredon, Tewkesbury, is celebrating all time high organic wheat yields, having yielded 7.3t/ha. (2.96t/acre) of Group 3 wheat, Invicta. The 12.5 ha field of Invicta was combined on 31st August using a John Deer 1177; and is the highest of any yields taken off the 120ha of organic cereals grown…


Does Kenya need GM crops as it battles famine in the Horn of Africa?

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In the midst of a dire need to feed millions of people facing hunger because of drought, Kenya’s newly passed Biosafety Act allows for the importation of GM crops – but at what cost? There has been a really long-term, ongoing push by Monsanto and USAID to get GM approved in Kenya As the most…


Harvest roundup: Storms damage remaining crops

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Wind and rain continues to hamper harvest across the UK, with many crops starting to suffer in the stormy weather. In Northern Ireland farmers had cut very little over the past week, said Graham Furey at Castleview, Killyleagh, County Down. “We tested a crop yesterday and it was 25% moisture – and it’s showery again…


Kazakhs defy sceptics by winning Egypt wheat order

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Kazakhstan has, for the first time since last year’s drought-hit harvest, won a wheat order from Egypt, defying expectations that it would be sidelined from export markets by Russia and Ukraine. Egypt’s state grain importer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities, bought 120,000 tonnes of Kazakh wheat after its latest tender, at $291 a tonne.…


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