Spain overtakes drought-hit UK in grain production

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UK grain crops have suffered worst among Europe’s big cereals producers from the dry spring, leaving the country set to fall behind Spain in the region’s grain-growing table. Coceral analysts slashed to 273.8m tonnes their forecast for the European Union grain crop this year, 10m tonnes below an estimate made in March, when the region’s…


Resilient UK wheat exports beat official forecast

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Wheat exports from the UK have beaten official forecasts for 2010-11 with one month to spare, raising the prospect of a downgrade to a stocks estimate already pegged at a historic low. UK wheat exports fell to 75,200 tonnes in May, the lowest of the 2010-11 marketing season, customs data showed. The figure was also…


Rapeseed weathers dry UK spring better than barley

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Rapeseed farmers in the UK are, like peers in France, achieving better-than-expected rapeseed yields – but winter barley crops appear to have been worse affected by the dry spring. Adas, the consultancy, said the UK rapeseed harvest could end up at up to 3.7 tonnes per hectare, beating last year’s record of 3.5 tonnes per…


European wheat harvest approaches judgment day

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The wheat market is approaching judgment day over a European harvest which, while set to beat gloomy quantity estimates made during the spring drought, is raising increasing concerns over quality. Fears for the milling credentials of Europe’s production have been felt even in the US, contributing to a reinflation of premiums of harder wheat contracts…


Cranswick shares plunge as high pig prices bite

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Shares in Cranswick plunged 18% to their lowest since 2009 after the sausages-to-sandwiches group warned on profits, revealing it too was feeling a squeeze passing through the UK food chain Cranswick said that it now expected its operating profits for April-to-September, the first half of its financial year, to "be lower than those of the…


Better fusarium resistance critical to success of wheat and barley varieties

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There is no doubt that the spring drought in some regions increased the build-up of fusarium head blight inoculum. Pre-harvest rainfall, as well as rain and humidity at flowering, will greatly add to that risk. While that doesn’t mean grain mycotoxins are inevitable, it sets alarm bells ringing, warns Paul Nicholson of the John Innes…


Opportunity knocks for UK dairy industry

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UK milk production could reach 15bn litres by 2020, an expansion of 13% on 2010. Current supply chain iniquities should not mask the opportunities that this offers, says Kite Consulting in its discussion document World Class Dairying – A vision for 2020. Produced in response to the Dairy 2020 initiative, the paper describes an industry…


Grocers see worst-ever month as food prices soar

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Higher food prices have landed UK grocers with their worst-ever month for sales, prompting a warning that investing in supermarkets "represents much higher risk than at any point in recent history". Overall UK sales rose 0.2% by volume in June, excluding fuel, narrowly beating market expectations, and a boost attributed largely to the early start…


Vietnam introduces UK to agricultural potential

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Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan highlighted Vietnam’s potential for agricultural development on July 5 in calling for the UK’s investment and cooperation in the field. Deputy Minister Tan said at a meeting with British firms in London that the agricultural sector earned US$19.5 billion from exports in 2010, accounting for…


Promoting opportunities for Vietnam’s agricultural investment in UK

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A delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development led by Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan visited the UK from July 2-6 to seek opportunities for Vietnam’s agricultural investment promotion. At the July 5 meeting with more than 20 representatives from UK trade and investment organizations and businesses, the delegation introduced Vietnam’s agricultural potential…


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