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…


CHEERS! BUMPER CIDER-APPLE HARVEST STARTS A MONTH EARLY

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BRITAIN’S cider harvest is getting underway a month early – with 200,000 tons of apples set to be picked in the next 10 weeks. The growing season started early, thanks to a warm spring, and growers are expecting a bumper crop. Nearly half of all apples grown in the UK are used to make cider.…


Italy’s 2011 harvest begins with Cerutti’s Moscato…

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I kick off this year’s coverage of Italy’s harvest with Gianmario Cerutti picking his delicious 2011 Moscato. Under sunny skies and a welcome, if stiffening, breeze Gianmario chose to harvest this year’s crop a couple of weeks ahead of last year. The burning sun of the past three weeks had clearly left its mark on…


Stop-start harvest delays wheat and bean harvest

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Cambridgeshire grower Edd Banks was hoping to wrap up his harvest this week after recording highly variable yields. By Monday night (29 August), he had 24ha of winter wheat and 114ha of Fuego spring beans left to cut. "We sprayed the beans off on Saturday, so they should be ready by the weekend," he said.…


Rain dampens hopes for UK grains harvest

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Rain has dampened optimism over the UK grains harvest, prompting farmers to harvest crops even consisting one-quarter of water, to avoid a late deterioration becoming evident in test results. "Frequent and often heavy rain showers" slowed harvesting to less than half the typical pace in the last week, with Scottish farmers now behind average pace…


Wet weather delays spring barley harvest

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Six weeks into the harvest season and variable weather, including some heavy rain, sees standing crops remaining in Westcountry fields as September arrives. Rain shortened harvesting days to three or four in parts of the region, limiting working time to five or six hours in many cases. But despite the rain causing disruptions in the…


US corn harvest estimate ‘500m bushels too big’

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Officials are overestimating the American corn harvest by more than 500m bushels (13m tonnes) – thanks largely to overoptimistic area projections, Linn Group analysts said, as the countdown begins in earnest to the next keynote US crop report. The Chicago-based broker pegged the US corn yield at 149.1 bushels per acre, below the US Department…


Wheat harvest wrapping up

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Winter wheat harvest is wrapping up with the aid of the weather and is 92 percent complete, according to the Crop Weather report released Monday by the Montana Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Progress is ahead of last year’s 82 percent harvested as this time. The five year average is 91 percent…


Early price peak for corn and soybeans?

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The 2011-12 corn and soybean marketing years will be characterized by the need to reduce consumption of both crops.  The magnitude of those needed reductions are not yet known and the prices needed to make those cuts will depend on the strength of underlying demand. Based on the most recent USDA projections and the assumption…


Namibia: Grain Harvest Cropped By Heavy Rains

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NAMIBIA’S coarse grain production is expected to be about 23 per cent lower than last season due to floods and heavy rainfall earlier this year, the Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (Newfiu) has said in its latest crop prospects and food security situation report. "Most crop fields were waterlogged and some completely submerged…


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