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…


Tony Reynolds helps harvest the first crop of Sofia potatoes

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Tony Reynolds recently helped to dig the first crop of this year’s Sofia potatoes from Reynolds’ grower, John Rix at his farm in Great Horkesley, Colchester. Available to the UK foodservice industry exclusively from Reynolds, Sofia potatoes are a relatively new variety of salad potato specially developed for their taste and texture. Sofia potatoes combine…


Sugar prices are on the up

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Over the last couple of months “two commodities stood out from the pack”, says research group Capital Economics. Wheat has been a poor performer, down by a fifth since the start of June, as “prices were undermined by the ending of Russia’s export ban”. Yet wheat remains historically expensive and, with Russian supplies set to…


Harvest roundup: Awaiting return of dry weather

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Harvest remains on hold across much of the country today (8 August), following heavy rain over the weekend. In Kent, Bill Harbour was busy ploughing and subsoiling ground for oilseed rape at Gosmere Farm, Sheldwich, while the weather dried out. His Gallant milling wheat yielded over 10t/ha (4t/acre) at 83kg/hl, and 13-13.3% protein, but Solstice…


Canada cuts wheat harvest hopes – for a third time

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Canadian farm officials, for a third time, cut their estimate for the domestic wheat harvest, dashing hopes of a recovery in exports from, historically, the world’s third-ranked shipper of the grain. Canada’s farm ministry, AAFC, gave up on hopes that harvested area of wheat, excluding the durum variety used in making pasta, would rise from…


Early UK wheat harvest shows below-average yields

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The UK wheat harvest, typically the European Union’s third biggest, has got off to a soft start, in yield terms – but will improve as it progresses if the results from other crops are a guide. Crop consultancy Adas said that yields from the first UK wheat cuts were "lower than the five-year average", of…


Warm weather permits French farmers to advance wheat harvest

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FRANCE’S wheat harvest, the European Union’s biggest, advanced in the past four days as sunny weather and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) allowed fields to dry and farmers to cut crops. More than 70% of French wheat had been harvested by Tuesday, and first indications are that rain in past weeks hasn’t…


Dry spell for oilseed rape harvest

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A fine spell of dry weather has allowed Devon grower Steve Lee to saw through his 80ha of oilseed rape in just three days. Harvest from his base in Black Dog, near Crediton, began four days earlier this year – on Tuesday, 26 July – and the quality and yields have been encouraging. A 24ha…


Initial oilseed rape yields are encouraging

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The winter barley harvest is almost completed, with the welcome sight of cleared fields and golden stubble dotted around the north east and the midlands. Yields have been in the region of 6.7-10.5t/ha at low moistures and good quality. The average was in the region of 8.6t/ha, which was satisfactory. Growers were happy with the…


ICAC cuts world cotton harvest estimate – a little

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Cotton experts cut their forecast for world production of the fibre – but not by as much as many analysts have pencilled in. Cotton futures eased despite supportive comments from Standard Chartered. The International Cotton Advisory Committee cut by 500,000 tonnes, to 26.9m tonnes (123m bales), its forecast for world production of the fibre in…


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