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10 Sep 2018
Total Romanian oilseed production in 2018-19 is forecast to drop 10% from last year due to mixed weather conditions that hurt rapeseed yields. Total oilseed production, including rapeseed, soybeans and sunflower, is estimated at 4.2 million tonnes, according to an Aug. 17 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Although soybeans and sunflowers are expected to have above-average yields, it won’t be enough to offset the rapeseed loses. Romania’s oilseed area has consistently increased over the past five years and accounts for one-third of total grain and oilseed acres. Total oilseed area expanded by 6%…
03 Sep 2018
Hass avocados in the U.S. showed strong growth during the second quarter holidays, with Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day all generating increased year-on-year dollar and volume sales. The Hass Avocado Board’s new Q2 2018 Avocado Holiday Retail Recap, based on retail point of sales data from IRI/Freshlook, reports that avocado retail volume exceeded 43 million units for Easter and reached nearly 66 million units for Cinco de Mayo and nearly 50 million units for Memorial Day. “Hass avocados are not only a staple for many Cinco de Mayo celebrations, they are also being used to add flavor to…
27 Aug 2018
California Superior Court jury on Friday found agrochemical company Monsanto liable for making a product that contributed to former school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson’s terminal cancer, and awarded him $289 million in damages. It’s a verdict that could propel hundreds of similar lawsuits against the company going forward. Beginning in 2012, Johnson, now 46, worked as a groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in a suburb north of San Francisco. During his employment, he routinely applied Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup, a product made with the highly controversial ingredient glyphosate, to control weeds on school property. According to CNN, Johnson…
20 Aug 2018
Canada’s forecast wheat production for 2018-19 has been revised higher on greater area planted, according to an Aug. 7 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report said wheat planted area in Canada is projected to grow for the first time in five years, increasing by 940,000 hectares to 10 million hectares, up 9% from 2017-18. Conversely, canola and soybean planted area are projected to decline for the first time in several years at -1% and -15%, respectively. “Unlike in the United States or eastern Canada, prairie farmers have not reached an agronomic equilibrium…
13 Aug 2018
The drought gripping the Kouga region was a main talking point at the Agri Eastern Cape’s 17th annual congress that was held this week in Jeffreys Bay. The effects of climate change had made 2018 a particularly difficult year for Eastern Cape farmers – particularly those in the western region, who had received donations of over 22,000 tons of feed from fellow farmers in other provinces. With Kouga Dam currently at 6,95%, irrigation farmers in the Gamtoos River Valley have been particularly impacted by cuts of 80% in their total allocations for the new water year. Normal to slightly above…
06 Aug 2018
When the invite to travel to the Netherlands was made to me about a month or so ago, I promptly accepted. The proposal was that I would join more than one hundred other journalists from all over the world to travel across the country and find out how agriculture is done and compare notes with back home. As a journalist who does not particularly cover agriculture, I did not know what to expect but I was curious. After all, not many female journalists cover this particular area. The flight to Amsterdam was generally a pleasant one except for the big…
30 Jul 2018
Lettuce is being flown in from the US, and imported from Spain and Poland as soaring temperatures increase demand but hit crops in the UK. The cargo carrier IAG Cargo said it had flown 30,000 heads of lettuce from Los Angeles to the UK in the past week alone. Tony Clemence, general manager of the Bristol branch of the wholesaler Total Produce, said the company was having to import about 30% of its iceberg lettuce and 40% of its celery from Spain and Poland when all supplies usually come from the UK at this time of year. “We’re not importing…
23 Jul 2018
The spread between Brazil and US beans out of major ports on an FOB basis has widened to above $60/mt for September loading, $10/mt up in two weeks as Chinese buyers snap up cargoes. On an FOB basis for September delivery, Brazil beans loading out of Santos were valued at 240 cents over August CME soybean futures on Tuesday evening versus US Gulf material at 65 cents over September futures. With September futures valued at 10 cents more than August, Brazil beans are 135 cents per bushel higher, equivalent to $60.50/mt. Last week, China put a 25% tax on US…
16 Jul 2018
Months after the death of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, scientists said Wednesday they have grown embryos containing DNA of his kind, hoping to save the subspecies from extinction. by Mariette le Roux and Amelie Bottollier-Depois With only two northern white rhino (NWR) known to be alive today — both infertile females — the team hopes their breakthrough technique will lead to the re-establishment of a viable NWR breeding population. “Our goal is to have in three years the first NWR calf born,” Thomas Hildebrandt, head of reproduction management at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife…