Kiwifruit growers ready for worst

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Waikato’s kiwifruit sector is in lockdown as fearful growers rally to fight the potentially devastating disease Psa after the virulent strain was discovered in a Waihi orchard. Richard Glenn, a Hamilton grower and co-ordinator for Kiwifruit Vine Health, the biosecurity body created last year to fight the bacterial disease, says Waikato growers were "rocked" by…


Australia wheat growers seek more control over prices

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SYDNEY,(Reuters) – Australia’s wheat farmers are likely to build more private silos to store grain in their bid for greater pricing power, industry experts said, a move that would protect them from disputed grading practices that have led to a government inquiry. Australia wheat exports, typically the world’s fourth largest, are dominated by three grain…


Northern Colorado barley growers hope for dry weather to continue harvest

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Wheat and barley farmers have a lot in common. But above all else right now, both concur that the rain isn’t leaving the area fast enough. Just as wheat harvest has gotten off to a slow start due to continued moisture, the same can be said for barley harvest, which was expected to kick off…


Washington wheat growers benefit from cooler weather

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Wheat farmers might be the only people in Washington not complaining about the state’s recent run of cool, wet weather. It’s giving them a late but bountiful harvest, and helping balance the paltry crops coming out of the country’s drought-ravaged Plains states. Washington is expected to leapfrog over Texas and Oklahoma in winter-wheat production this…


Kiwifruit growers ‘prepare for worst’

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With around six orchards a day in New Zealand’s kiwifruit capital now being diagnosed with the most virulent form of Psa disease, next year’s crop is in peril, says the $1.5 billion export industry. Industry Psa fighting group, KiwifruitVineHealth, said it is ”preparing for the worst,  hoping for the best” with increasing reports of Bay…


Grain growers advised to hold out for better prices as market grows

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GRAIN growers should hold out for prices that reflect global markets which are steadily rising, advises IFA national grain committee chairman Noel Delany. Mr Delany has warned growers not to be conned into accepting low prices for this year’s grain as world markets continue to strengthen. With harvest under way, a number of trade players…


Bumper English crop means chips are down for our potato growers

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POTATO growers in Pembrokeshire are facing up to their lowest returns for years after the fine spring meant a bumper early crop from eastern England hitting the marketplace just as the season peaks for Welsh farmers. One of the major buyers described the situation as “a low-price season” all round, with matters made worse by…


Aussie growers give up parched canola for grazing

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The dearth of rain in eastern Australia, which is already trimming wheat hopes, has begun to dry up expectations of a record canola harvest too, with some crops so poor farmers are giving them up for grazing. The Australian Oilseeds Federation followed up a series of upgrades to its estimate for the 2011-12 Australia harvest…


Chinese apples lowering profits of Indian growers

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NEW DELHI: With Chinese apples affecting the profitability of domestic growers, governments of major cultivating states joined by farmers and traders have demanded raising import duty of the fruit to over 80 per cent to prevent its dumping in India. A delegation of Horticulture Ministers of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttrakhand recently met…


Corn growers assess crop conditions

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The National Corn Growers Association’s “Field Notes” podcast series this week visits with Maryland grower Chip Bowling, Kentucky grower Sam Hancock, Illinois grower Tom Martin and Minnesota grower DeVonna Zeug to get an on-the-ground assessment of the crop condition in comparison with the crop condition estimates released by the USDA in a report earlier this…


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