Iran: Shrimp production on rise

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Iran will produce about 8,000 tons of cultured shrimp in the current Iranian year (started March 21), indicating a 20-percent increase against the figure for the same period last year. Stating this, Deputy Minister of Agricultural Jihad Gholamreza Razeqi told ISNA that shrimp production capacity should reach 50,000 tons a year by the end of…


Vietnam coffee said to be trading at a discount before record production

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Buyers are demanding a discount for Vietnam’s coffee crop starting in October on speculation of record output, according to three people involved in the trade. The beans are trading at $70 to $90 a metric ton below the price on the NYSE Liffe exchange in London, according to the people, who declined to be identified…


US corn output climbs even as area under production remains unchanged

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The chart below plots the US acreage of Corn harvested vs.production. Green lines plot the production in tons all the way from 1967 to 2009, where as red lines plot the area of corn harvested. From the chart, it is evident that corn area harvested has remained little changed even as corn production has fluctuated…


China to hike grain production

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BEIJING (Dow Jones)–China is targeting an 8% rise in grain production capacity by 2015 from 2010 levels and has kept unchanged its 95% grain self-sufficiency rate target, the Ministry of Agriculture said Friday. The world’s largest grain consumer is facing challenges in stabilizing grain production amid rising demand and declining arable area due to rapid…


A new arrangement for potato production

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When Idaho farmers started making the state famous for its potatoes, they seeded their crops in ridged rows and watered the plants by channeling surface irrigation to flow through the furrows between the rows. But even though most commercial potato producers in the Pacific Northwest now irrigate their crops with sprinklers, they still typically use…


Kazakhstan’s grain production up 60%

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Kazakhstan’s grain production is expected to jump this year to 19.2 million tonnes, up 60% on last year’s drought affected crop, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS). These greater exportable supplies in 2011-12 will boost wheat grain exports, and Kazakhstan could benefit from reduced supplies in…


India to witness high oilseeds production in current kharif season

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NEW DELHI: Seeing the broad area of cultivation in the current kharif season, the edible oil industry organization Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) is expecting a buffer production of oilseeds in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June). In the 2010-11 crop year, the country has registered a bumper production of oilseeds that reached to 31.1…


Uncertainty, not panic, surrounding this year’s projected crop production, prices

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In an industry where the future is always uncertain but forecasting plays a key role in present decisions, 2011 is shaping up to be as interesting as any year in agriculture. As U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are releasing predictions on nationwide crop production and is compiling more information for further projections, they are doing…


Farmland prices reach all-time high, says report

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FARMLAND prices reached an all-time high in the South West during the first half of 2011, as land availability failed to match growing demand, says the latest RICS Rural Land Market Survey. Chartered surveyors estimate that the average price per acre increased to £5,950 during the first half of the year, reaching all-time record levels…


Firm prices boost sheepmeat production

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EU sheepmeat production increased by nearly 3% during the first five months of the year, as farmers culled heavier ewes to benefit from higher prices. Although meat production rose to 288,000t, overall slaughter numbers remained relatively static compared with the previous year, at 19.4m head, said a report by AHDB Meat Services. "Lamb slaughterings fell…


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