Wheat harvest better than expected

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Better than expected is the preliminary verdict on this year’s wheat harvest, despite spring drought and harvest rain. English wheat production is estimated at about 13.64Mt, 1.5% down on the five-year average, according to results of a National Farmers Union (NFU) members’ survey. The crop area of 1.82Mha was about 3% higher than last year…


Scotland’s farmers suffer ‘worst ever’ harvest

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Farmers in Scotland face having to abandon crops due to appalling ground conditions and sprouted grains. John Hutcheson said this year’s harvest was the worst ever at Leckerstone Farm, Dunfermline, Fife. "It’s not going well at all – it’s even worse than 2008,” he said. Of 486ha (1200 acres) of wheat, Mr Hutcheson still had…


Insight: Feast of protein in U.S. spring wheat harvest

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(Reuters) – North Dakota wheat farmer Terry Weckerly applied extra fertilizer to his wheat this summer to coax more protein out of the crop. Flour mills and grain elevators were paying near-record premiums for high-protein wheat and he wanted a slice of it. The fertilizer worked too well. Weckerly and other spring wheat farmers are…


Outlook good for quality of wheat harvest

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The quality of this year’s wheat harvest is likely to be better than last year, according to the HGCA’s Provisional Cereals Quality Survey. The results, which were based on 18,000 wheat samples collected up to 31 August, showed a lower moisture content, plus a higher Hagberg Falling Number, specific weight and protein level, compared to…


Evening markets: US harvest, India exports weigh on grains

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Consumers had the rub of the cloth in grain markets on Thursday, although with a key US report due next week, traders were reluctant to mark down prices too far. One factor in buyers’ favour was India’s return to wheat exports, with the country permitting 2m tonnes of shipments from its huge supplies. (Although it…


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…


Harvest roundup: Storms damage remaining crops

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Wind and rain continues to hamper harvest across the UK, with many crops starting to suffer in the stormy weather. In Northern Ireland farmers had cut very little over the past week, said Graham Furey at Castleview, Killyleagh, County Down. “We tested a crop yesterday and it was 25% moisture – and it’s showery again…


France lifts hopes for wheat harvest – again

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France has, again, lifted its hopes for its wheat harvest and put a rise in corn production on the cards, in the latest sign of western European grain crops faring better than had been earlier feared. France’s farm ministry, which last month raised its forecast for the domestic soft wheat crop by 500,000 tonnes, added…


Battle rages over harvest grain prices

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Tillage growers must remain in suspense for a little longer as final harvest prices for grain have yet to be decided by the bigger merchants. The board of Glanbia met on Friday but backed away from setting a final price, while both Drummonds and Dairygold are expected to delay announcing their final prices for at…


After a troubled start, rains now hinder paddy, cotton, soyabean, onion and maize harvest

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AHMEDABAD: Even as moderate to incessant rains across India are expected to increase crop acreage, they are also leading to delayed harvesting of standing crops that include paddy, cotton, soyabean,onion and maize. In Punjab’s Ferozepur district, cotton farmers are worried as the crop is in the picking stage. Rains at this stage would impact the…


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