China turns to the UK to end its potato poverty

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After centuries of relying on rice and noodles to feed its hungry masses, China is now turning to a familiar British staple to meet the needs of its 1.3bn-strong population – the humble potato. Facing more frequent droughts, falling water tables and widespread soil erosion, China’s government has designated the potato as a "strategic" crop…


UK wheat crop exceeds estimates

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According to Jonathan Lane, trading manager at Gleadell Agriculture Ltd, U.K. wheat output is set to exceed estimates this year after rainfall starting in July boosted crop prospects. The harvest may come to between 14.6 million and 14.8 million metric tons, more than about 13 million tons expected by growers and brokers in the spring.…


Spring barley hit worse than wheat by UK dryness

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Spring barley was far more badly hurt than other crops, including wheat, by the UK’s dry spring, with yields potentially on course for their lowest level since at least the 1990s. Adas said that the UK winter wheat crop, now 50% harvested, looked set to end up with a yield not far behind average, after…


Netherlands leads rise in purchases of UK wheat

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UK wheat exports picked up in June to their highest for five months, lifted by late-season purchases by other European states, and implying a drop to historical lows in the supplies left in the country heading into harvest. The UK shipped 120,390 tonnes of wheat in June, the last month of the 2010-11 marketing year,…


Pig Prices in Retreat in Almost Every Sector

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UK – Not quite as depressing as the stock market has been in the last 48 hours, but pig prices are also in retreat in almost every sector, writes Peter Crichton. Although the DAPP only fell by a relatively modest 0.44p and now stands at 151.90p, weekly shout prices dropped between 1p–2p and earlier promises…


Poultry leader callsfor a ban on illegal eggs

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FORMER UK Farmer of the Year Tony Burgess of Birchgrove Free Range Eggs, near Aberystwyth, is warning of an imminent threat to Welsh egg production. New EU regulations, including a ban on cage eggs, take effect on January 1 and Mr Burgess, who chairs NFU Cymru’s poultry committee, says the Welsh Government should ban imports…


Rapeseed prices may dip, amid UK harvest ‘bonanza’

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Rapeseed prices may – for now – done enough to make up for the weak Ukrainian harvest prospects which has underpinned prices despite bumper harvests in France and, in particular, the UK. Traders reported growing signs of a tail-off in the buying spree which helped rapeseed prices nearly to E500 a tonne on the Paris…


Wheat buy-up sparks price manipulation fears

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Britain’s most powerful grain company, jointly owned by Cargill and Associated British Foods, bought and took delivery of all the available UK feed wheat last month. The series of purchases by Frontier Agriculture, described by a number of traders as "unprecedented", will reignite growing concerns among food manufacturers and campaign groups over the potential for…


Pig poo powers plant to keep porkers sizzling

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PIGS living on a farm near Morpeth won’t need blankets to keep them warm thanks to a state-of-the-art facility which converts their dung into green energy. The £1.2million anaerobic digestion plant is the first in the region to be installed on a working farm and is part of a major drive by Newcastle University to…


North east leads charge in UK rapeseed yields

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The north east of England is leading the UK’s rapeseed harvest to better-than-expected results, with some areas reporting record yields despite the dry spring, Offre & Demande Agricole said. The consultancy’s first harvest report, compiled from a farmer survey, said that oilseed rape yields were "better than anticipated after the unseasonably dry weather earlier in…


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