Ukraine corn farm claims 300-bushels-per-acre crop

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Move over Midwest. Ukraine, which is already rattling Chicago nerves by taking US export trade in corn, is showing pre-eminence in growing the grain too, with one producer claiming a 300-bushel-an-acre yield. The mean US yield this year, even at a disappointing 146.7 bushels per acre according to latest official estimates, is far better than…


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…


Freeze puts hit on crop quality

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The hard freeze that struck Iowa last week caused the percentage of Iowa’s corn and soybean crops rated good to excellent to decline slightly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. “Parts of Iowa received a hard freeze this week with frost reported over most of the state,” the USDA reported. Farmers said Monday they…


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…


Peas ploughed into ground after huge crop

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FARMERS have been ploughing peas back into the ground after an astonishing set of harvests. An unprecedented pea crop was the most spectacular result of an unexpectedly good combination of circumstances for many growers this year – starting with an early drought about which everybody complained. It stretched a lot of plants to their limit.…


Despite widespread rainfall in state, condition of corn crop deteriorates

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Despite the first week of above-average rainfall in six weeks, the quality of the corn crop fell, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday. The percentage of Iowa’s corn crop rated good to excellent dropped from 57 percent for the week ending Aug. 28 to 55 percent for the week ending Sunday. Nationally, the percentage…


Corn crop estimates continue low

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Two more private forecasting firms have checked in with yield estimates for the current corn crop that are under the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture predictions. Allendale inc. has pegged the corn yield at 147.7 bushels per acre. Informa Economics puts the yield at 151 bushels. Those numbers are in line with the 146.3…


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…


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