How to get the best control of potato volunteers

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Volunteer potatoes left behind from the previous year’s crop are one of the major sources of blight inoculum and growers are being advised to think ahead to prevent the problem happening again future years. Growers are also being advised to plan an integrated control programme, including the application of the only in-potato crop solution, Fazor.…


Crop prices – relatively – immune to new downturn

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Analysts voiced faith in agricultural commodity futures proving unscathed by a renewed downturn in the world economy even as they showed signs of losing their relative strength against other risk assets. Many farm commodities stood firm last week, even as shares tumbled, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average index of major US stocks losing 5.2%…


Arctic winter and hot spring brings out bumper blackberry crop a month early

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BUMPER crops of blackberries are ripening in hedgerows and apples are already falling off trees almost a month earlier than normal, according to wildlife observers. Experts believe that growers are set to enjoy prolific and early autumn crops across the board this year as the result of a very warm dry spring, following the Arctic…


Fresh crop of farmers markets is springing up nationwide

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  SAN FRANCISCO — If it seems like farmers markets are popping up like weeds, it’s because they are. New data out from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that more than 1,000 farmers markets have opened in the past year, up 17% from 2010. These markets allow farmers to sell their produce directly to…


India cultivates rice in 26 million hectares of land this crop season

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NEW DELHI (Commodity Online) : World’s second largest Rice producer India is using 26 million hectares of land for rice cultivation during the current crop season, according to official data. As per data received from states, rice has been sown in 26.036 million hectares, an increase of 1.557 million hectares over last year’s acreage as…


Fertilizer groups to thrive for ‘extended period’

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Fertilizer groups, in particular North American nitrogen producers, are enjoying "an extended period" of prosperity, CF Industries said, as it unveiled a dividend hike, a $1.5bn share buyback and forecast-beating results. Shares in the US-based nitrogen group looked set to buck the crunch in financial markets, rising 5.6% in after-hours trading, after it unveiled earnings…


Canada cuts wheat harvest hopes – for a third time

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Canadian farm officials, for a third time, cut their estimate for the domestic wheat harvest, dashing hopes of a recovery in exports from, historically, the world’s third-ranked shipper of the grain. Canada’s farm ministry, AAFC, gave up on hopes that harvested area of wheat, excluding the durum variety used in making pasta, would rise from…


Mule ewe hogs hold up well

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Mule ewe hogs sold well at Exeter, with a £140 average for last year’s running lambs. The sheep trade is holding strong and we are hopeful for the forthcoming mule lamb sales at Tavistock. There has been a lot of interest in the South West Mule group, who are working hard to tempt buyers. If…


Crop Report (August 6)

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More than 99 percent of Texas was in one level of drought or another by the last week of July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 90 percent of the state was in an extreme drought; 75 percent in an exceptional drought, according to the monitor. Daytime high temperatures continued to challenge or…


RPT-Australia wheat crop hit by cold dry weather – CBA

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – Australia’s 2011/12 wheat crop is suffering from cold dry weather in the key eastern grain producing state of New South Wales, which may cut output, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a report on Wednesday. Offsetting the deteriorating outlook in New South Wales is an improved outlook for Western Australia,…


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