Coffee harvest in Vietnam region to climb 10 pct as quality rises

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Coffee production from Vietnam’s main growing province may jump 10 percent this season as bean quality climbs, producers and the government said, bolstering forecasts that a record nationwide crop will swell global robusta supplies. Dak Lak’s harvest, which accounts for about a third of the nation’s harvest, may rise to 400,000 metric tons, according to…


Freeze puts hit on crop quality

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The hard freeze that struck Iowa last week caused the percentage of Iowa’s corn and soybean crops rated good to excellent to decline slightly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. “Parts of Iowa received a hard freeze this week with frost reported over most of the state,” the USDA reported. Farmers said Monday they…


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…


Quality of UK wheat ‘makes up for’ drop in yield

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Speculation of the high quality of the UK wheat crop have been confirmed by official data showing even in regions affected by the historically-dry spring achieved better results. The wheat crop in Britain – which accounts for the vast majority of the UK harvest – is proving better than last year’s on all vital signs,…


Innovation keeps quality rapeseed oil brand alive

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A new specialist oilseed rape variety is at the heart of the Campbell family’s plans to maintain its position as one of the country’s leading cold-pressed rape oil suppliers. Hamish and Robert Campbell have been pressing rapeseed since 2005 at Swell Buildings Farm, near Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, selling the oil under their R-Oil brand. A lot…


UK wheat quality ‘holding up’ amid rushed harvest

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The UK is proving amongst the winners of mixed year for global wheat quality, with farmers rushing to harvest crop even with relatively high moisture content to avoid the threat of rain damage. Adas edged higher its forecast for the yield of the UK wheat crop, typically the European Union’s third-biggest, to 7.5-7.7 tonnes per…


Firmer grain markets on quality fears

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Wheat prices firmed again this week as fears for maize and milling wheat quality boosted futures prices in the US and in Europe. However there has been high level of fund activity recently and the market is still very sensitive to any news on the global economic outlook. A rise in US spring wheat futures…


Ukraine upgrade adds to wheat quality questions

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Ukraine’s agriculture ministry has stoked the uncertainty over the quality of the world wheat harvest by upgrading its hopes for its own crop – just as private observers are preparing for downgrades. The ministry said that the proportion of milling wheat in its crop this year "amounts to 70%, against 30% of feed wheat". The…


EU wheat crop faces deciding time for quality

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Strategie Grains trimmed its estimate for the quantity of European Union soft wheat production, and said that good weather was crucial to protecting quality too, amid growing fears for the impact of harvest rains. The analysis group cut by 300,000 tonnes to 129.9m tonnes its forecast for the world’s biggest wheat crop, citing a reduction…


July heat reduces Iowa corn’s quality

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The hottest July since 1955 has taken its toll on Iowa’s corn crop, with one forecast calling for a national corn yield this year no better than last year’s smaller yield. Iowa State University meteorologist Ellwyn Taylor said Monday that "with heat and humidity, the likely U.S. corn yield is likely to be about like…


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