Uncertainty, not panic, surrounding this year’s projected crop production, prices

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In an industry where the future is always uncertain but forecasting plays a key role in present decisions, 2011 is shaping up to be as interesting as any year in agriculture. As U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are releasing predictions on nationwide crop production and is compiling more information for further projections, they are doing…


Reaping the harvest is not so easy when rain keeps crop in the field

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Almost all the Scottish grain crop is still in the field with only spring barley having been combined so far and with the overcast weather and general lack of sun, the main requirement is patience with crops slow to ripen according to NFU Scotland vice-president John Picken. With no spring barley of his own, the…


Crop conditions dip again

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The condition of the corn and soybean crops continued to deteriorate through the week ending Sunday, with the percentage of the U.S. corn crop rated good to excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture dropping from 60 percent last week to 57 percent this week. A year ago 70 percent of the U.S. corn crop…


Sugar revival catches many speculators off guard

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Sugar revival catches many speculators off guard The strong rebound in sugar futures – which continued on Monday, helped by data showing a doubling in Chinese imports – wrong-footed many speculators, who sold off heavily before the revival gained traction. Managed money, taken as a proxy for speculators, cut their net long position in New…


UK wheat crop exceeds estimates

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According to Jonathan Lane, trading manager at Gleadell Agriculture Ltd, U.K. wheat output is set to exceed estimates this year after rainfall starting in July boosted crop prospects. The harvest may come to between 14.6 million and 14.8 million metric tons, more than about 13 million tons expected by growers and brokers in the spring.…


Midlands farmers in crop fear on dry summer

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Dry weather is taking its toll on the West Midlands countryside as the region suffers the effects of a particularly arid summer. Farmers are now fearful of failing crops, while fish stocks could be threatened as ponds dry up. Water companies say that they do not expect to impose a hosepipe ban but they are…


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.…


U.S. grain and soy review: Crop woes focus on spring wheat, corn

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U.S. grain and soybean futures soared Friday on increasing concerns about crop losses due to poor weather in the Midwest and northern Plains earlier this year. Worries focused on the spring wheat and corn crops as traders said early harvest reports revealed yields were lower than expected. Excessive rains delayed planting of both crops this…


North Dakota farm groups backing crop insurance, research

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota farm groups say crop insurance, research and export promotion should be among the top priorities for federal spending in the next farm bill. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is hosting a meeting Friday to talk about what federal programs are most important to North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers. Goehring says the…


Cotton subsidies top $1.3bn – despite record price

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World cotton producers received $1.3bn in subsidies despite market prices doubling to a record high, with farmers in some countries enjoying a rise in state support. Prices of cotton, as measured by the Cotlook A index, averaged 1.64 cents a pound in 2010-11, up from 0.78 cents a pound the season before. With output rising…


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