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…


Cattle line up for judging at popular West show

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Scarecrows joined the champion livestock on parade at Dunster Show on the hills of Exmoor yesterday. The popular event in the Exmoor farming calendar is held against the dramatic backdrop of Dunster Castle and attracts thousands of holidaymakers as well as locals. This year West Country Young Farmers Clubs were tasked to produce a scarecrow…


Grain farmers wait for dry spells to reap crops

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BROKEN WEATHER has continued to disrupt the harvest and has hit grain farmers hardest as they wait for dry spells to combine their crops. The moisture content in the cereal crops is high because of frequent rain and this is expected to lead to higher drying costs, but as yet there is no real panic…


Farmers skeptical of USDA crop progress

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Corn and soybean conditions didn’t change over the last week, according to Monday’s USDA-NASS weekly Crop Progress report. But, if you ask farmers around the Corn Belt, the numbers may not paint the clearest picture of how the crops are faring, especially the corn crop. As of Sunday, 60% of the corn crop is in…


Litchis sold dirt cheap due to Chinese dependence

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The bumper litchi harvest in Luc Ngan District of the northern Bac Giang Province this year does not mean profits to farmers as prices have slumped due to farmers’ heavy dependence on Chinese traders for output. Litchi nuts in Luc Ngan now fetch only VND5,000 a kg, a price which Le Thi Lieu, a farmer…


Rice market: exporters fear loss, farmers fear unsalability

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The decision by the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) to halt the purchase of one million tons of summer-autumn rice since July 15, has made the rice price decrease in Mekong Delta and made farmers worried. In the first two weeks of July, a kilo of unhusked rice or a kilo of five percent broken rice…


Farmers deserve new land deal

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Viet Nam Farmers Association vice chairman Nguyen Duy Luong spoke with the newspaper Nong thon Ngay nay (Countryside Today) about challenges facing farm development. What do you think about the opinion that the farming economy has not reached its potential despite dramatic growth and contribution to the country’s agricultural and rural development? The opinion is…


60,000 corn plants per acre? Seed firm works toward goal

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Adel, Ia. – Since the commercial advent of hybrid corn in the 1930s, Iowa farmers have increased populations of corn plants from about 8,000 an acre to 25,000 by the 1980s and to an average of 34,000 to 36,000 today. What is corn’s equivalent of Mach 4 jet speed: 60,000 plants per acre? Maybe 75,000…


Noble flags dent from defaulting US cotton farmers

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Noble Group highlighted hits from US cotton farmers defaulting on deliveries, and of poor Brazilian weather on its sugar operations, even as it unveiled a jump in agriculture profits. The coal-to-oilseeds commodities giant, whose rise has made a billionaire of founder Richard Elman, said while high cotton prices had boosted the group’s revenues from the…


Early harvest could mean farmers miss lucrative oat contracts

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An early harvest and high prices for other crops could lead farmers to overlook potentially lucrative oat contracts for next year. This is the warning from prominent arable farmer Robert Law, who says oats, as a traditionally late-sown crop, are in danger of being passed by, even though there are contracts on offer that match…


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