Potato Europe event a hit for British exporters

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International seed breeders and exporters sharing the Potato Council stand enjoyed a very busy time at this year’s Potato Europe (Tournai, Belgium, September 7-8). "The record-breaking 2011 seed potato export season reflects our success in this sector," said David Murdie, CEO for Grampian Growers, who was on the stand for the first time this year.…


Europe maize in good shape, confusion on US corn forecast

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WASHINGTON (Commodity Online): The Maize crop output of Europe is deemed to be excellent, thanks to the timely rains. "The EU maize crop is looking overall in super shape and the outlook is for plentiful supplies in the coming months," one German trader said to Reuters. "This is likely to protect Europe from tighter global…


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…


Europe’s pest-hit farmers lift sowings of GM corn

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Losses to the corn borer moth have prompted Portugal and Spain, Europe’s top adherents of genetically modified seed, to raise to a record their sowings of biotech corn this year. Nonetheless, the GM crops represent only a tiny fraction of corn production in the region, limited by, in many countries, "hostile public opinion", a report…


Crops – bar rapeseed – show resilience in Europe

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Rapeseed marred a broadly-resilient performance by farm commodities in Europe on Tuesday, undermined by its role as an energy source, after oil prices fell to their lowest since September. In Paris, rapeseed for November tumbled 3.6% to E392.00 a tonne at one stage, the lowest for a spot contract for nine months, before recovering to…


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