Bumper Aussie grains crop to strain silo capacity

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A second bumper Australian grains crop could land some southern areas with storage shortages, official forecasters said, as they lifted again their forecast for exports, and hiked by 10m tonnes their estimate for world production. Abares, Australia’s official commodities bureau, said that while the country "appears to have sufficient capacity" to store forthcoming winter grains…


Bumper wheat crop in St Albans

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THE next time you bite into a biscuit or cake, chances are that a key ingredient – flour – could have come from wheat grown in St Albans. Some of the wheat harvested this month at Bill Barr’s farm in St Albans has been sold to Bowmans in Hitchin, whose products are also used in…


Cresting Mekong tributaries signal bumper rice crop

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CUU LONG DELTA — Flooding caused by rising water levels from the upper stream of the Tien and Hau rivers, two main tributaries of the Mekong River, has arrived one month early this year, contributing to a bumper harvest. Farmers are now busy catching fish, shrimp and other aquatic species brought by the flooding. An…


Bumper beet crop on the cards for Norfolk’s sugar farmers

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  A bumper beet crop is on the cards, according to the early results of British Sugar’s pre-campaign sample programme. And given further sunshine, further significant growth is expected ahead of the official start of the latest processing campaign on Wednesday, September 14. Average sugar contents for British Sugar’s Wissington factory, which processes about a…


VN likely to have bumper rice crop

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VGP – This year’s rice yield is expected to reach over 41 million tons, up 2.6% against 2010, said Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). This was said to be attributed to expanded application of scientific and technological advances, high-yield varieties as well as “supportive” weather conditions. Winter-spring rice productivity is estimated at 63.47…


CHEERS! BUMPER CIDER-APPLE HARVEST STARTS A MONTH EARLY

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BRITAIN’S cider harvest is getting underway a month early – with 200,000 tons of apples set to be picked in the next 10 weeks. The growing season started early, thanks to a warm spring, and growers are expecting a bumper crop. Nearly half of all apples grown in the UK are used to make cider.…


Bumper acorn crop for pigs this pannage season

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HUNDREDS of pigs will be turned out in the New Forest to feed on bumper crops of acorns as part of a historic tradition. The pannage season – the practice of turning out domestic pigs in a wood or forest in order that they may feed on fallen acorns, beech mast, chestnuts or other nuts…


Bumper fruit crops for farmers in Lincolnshire

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BUMPER crops of tasty fruit are being reported by growers across the county. Fruits such as apples, pears and plums are ripening as long as four weeks early, with some UK fruit farmers reporting the best harvest in 20 years. According to experts from the Royal Horticultural Society, the autumn is coming early for some…


In your garden: Set for a bumper summer crop

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Summer is here and we’ve been busy getting our new Edible Gardening Project polytunnel planted for a bumper crop in autumn and winter. The project has come along leaps and bounds in the last few months and our volunteers have been hard at work in the polytunnel putting in timber edges for the raised beds.…


Bumper harvest for grain but no gain for consumers

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Grain farmers are anticipating one of their best harvests in years, thanks to record yields, good prices and favourable weather conditions. However, consumers are unlikely to benefit from cheaper food and drink prices as a consequence. The reality is that most Irish grain goes for animal feed rather than bread, while malting barley accounts for…


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