August USDA Report: A Headscratcher | Agweb.com

"This month’s round of Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports proved to be a jolt to the market—unfortunately the jolt left markets in the red.

For the Aug. 10 reports, USDA forecast corn production at 14.2 billion bushels, down 7% from last year, and the national average corn yield at 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bushels from 2016.

Ahead of the report analysts were predicting a drop in the national corn yield.

‘But USDA only lowered it a little bit,’ says Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group. ‘There are people who think the ultimate yield will be between 160 to 163 bu. I don’t know how they got today’s numbers, but it is what it is.’

If realized, this will be the third highest U.S. corn yield and production on record. NASS forecasts record-high yields in Alabama, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Yet, farmers in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois are forecast to have yields below a year ago.

For soybeans, USDA raised the national average yield to 49.4 bushels per acre, which is down 2.7 bushels from last year. But due to higher acres, U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year. Up 2% from 2016, soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels,

The increase in soybean yields was a ‘shocker,’ Gulke says.

‘USDA raised production 120 million bu., which is a lot,’ he says. ‘When you have 90 million acres of soybeans and raise the yield by 1 bu., that’s a 90 million bu. increase.’

Going into the report, Gulke was predicting around a 0.5-bushel drop for soybean yields.

‘Farmers are calling in telling us their crop ratings are terrible; what is USDA thinking?’ he says. ‘My gut feeling is this is probably the best production report we’re going to see for corn and beans. They have just kicked the can down the road. Just when you thought things would get better economically for farmers, the government say: That ain’t going to happen.’

Yet, Gulke says, the markets—especially soybeans—could still close higher for the week, since prices rallied into this report. Tune in Saturday morning for Gulke’s weekly take on the grain markets."

Source: August USDA Report: A Headscratcher | Agweb.com


Bunge: Brazil to See ‘Another Big Crop Planted’ for 2017-18 | AgriBusiness Global

"Brazil is poised for large crop plantings for 2017–18, despite weaker prices, Bunge chief executive Soren Schroder said – giving an upbeat outlook for global rapeseed production too, writes Mike Verdin on Agrimoney.com.

There has been some idea that growth in Brazilian sowings of corn and soybeans may slow in 2017–18, thanks to a retreat in prices of both crops, depressed in local terms by strength in the real besides by pressures on international markets.

The International Grains Council last week forecast a 3% drop in Brazil’s corn sowings, to 16.8m hectares, citing that ‘average values are more than 40% lower year on year, pressured by a much more comfortable supply outlook’, although seeing area switched to soybean seedings.

‘Farmers could be encouraged to shift some full-season corn area to soybeans in less productive regions given prospects for relatively poor returns,’ the council said, forecasting a 2% rise in Brazil’s 2017–18 soy sowings, which start next month."

Source: Bunge: Brazil to See ‘Another Big Crop Planted’ for 2017–18 | AgriBusiness Global


EU Wheat Harvest Goes to the Pigs – Wheat – News | Agweb.com

"Pigs and cows in Germany may be feasting more on wheat this year as heavy rains threaten the harvest for the European Union’s second-biggest producer.

Germany is a major grower of high-protein wheat that’s essential for the country’s traditional flavors of darker, heavier bread. But this year, weeks of rain before the harvest mean that more of the crop will be less suitable for bakers and used only as livestock feed.

‘The wheat quality so far is worse than last year and worse compared to 2015,’ said Bernhard Chilla, an analyst at Agravis Raiffeisen AG, one of the country’s top grain collectors.

As much as 40% of all German wheat will be used for animal fodder this year, double the usual level, according to estimates from Agravis and researcher Agriculture Market Information Co.

German farmers, like their European counterparts, have been dealing with all kinds of weather this year. First came prolonged dryness during winter in many areas, then cool conditions in spring and a heat wave in June. In July, rains hit the country and have continued into this month.

The mix of growing conditions means crop yields are likely to be diverse, according to BayWa AG. Hot and dry weather in June led to smaller-than-normal wheat kernels, curbing the test weight and increasing protein content, according to Agravis’s Chilla. Wet weather in the past days is another reason for quality concerns, he said."

Source: EU Wheat Harvest Goes to the Pigs – Wheat – News | Agweb.com


Extreme drought in Saskatchewan has farmers worried – possible feed shortages | Top Crop Manager

"Agriculture Canada says there are severe drought conditions in much of southern Saskatchewan, with some areas of extreme drought.

Environment Canada figures show Regina had only 1.8 millimetres of rain last month – the driest July in 130 years.

Area cattle producers are facing poor grazing conditions and limited hay cutting – and there’s growing concern about possible feed shortages."

Source: Extreme drought in Saskatchewan has farmers worried – possible feed shortages | Top Crop Manager


Keeping the lid on woolly cupgrass | Top Crop Manager

"Originally from Asia, woolly cupgrass has been in the United States since about the 1950s and has caused problems in field crops across the corn belt.

This annual grassy weed was first found in Canada in 2000, when it was discovered in Quebec. Since then, government agencies and producers have been working to prevent the weed from getting out of hand, and researchers have been learning about the weed and its management under Canadian conditions.

In Canada, woolly cupgrass (Eriochloa villosa) is listed as a pest under the Plant Protection Act and it is listed as a prohibited noxious weed under the Seeds Act.

‘Woolly cupgrass is an invasive plant that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency [CFIA] regulates mainly because it competes with crops, specifically corn and soybeans.

So it can reduce crop yields and also increase the cost of weed control for producers,’ explains Kristina Pauk, an invasive alien species and domestic programs officer with the CFIA.

The weed is called ‘woolly’ because many parts of the plant are hairy.

The plant grows from 30 to 200 centimetres tall. The leaves are crinkled along one edge and the flowering head (inflorescence) has seeds along one side. "

Source: Keeping the lid on woolly cupgrass | Top Crop Manager


Improved NAFTA could deliver more potato gains | The Packer

"Improvements in the North American Free Trade Agreement could boost U.S. potato exports to Canada and Mexico in a big way.

That’s the view of the National Potato Council, which submitted comments in June to the U.S. Trade Representative with suggestions how to improve the agreement while acknowledging that NAFTA has been ‘extremely beneficial’ to the potato industry.

Contacted before the recent Mexican court ruling about U.S. potato access in Mexico, John Keeling, executive vice president and CEO of the National Potato Council, said that the negotiations for a new NAFTA could help exports to Mexico.

‘We think that the NAFTA renegotiation has great potential to look at expanding trade with Mexico, whether directly through NAFTA or a sidebar conversation to look at some of the trade problems we have had with Mexico over the years and find a resolution,’ Keeling said Aug. 3.

The first priority, he said, is to make sure the new agreement doesn’t lose the benefit of tariff-free access for U.S. potatoes to both Mexico and Canada."

Source: Improved NAFTA could deliver more potato gains | The Packer


Organic certification process in Ontario needs attention | Farms.com

"Members of the Ontario organic farming community are calling on the provincial government to put regulations into place.

Currently, Ontario has the lowest ratings for regulations and enforcement of organic production in the country, according to the Canada Organic Trade Association.

One of the main issues stems from the definition of organic, according to Laura Northey of the Organic Council of Ontario.

‘Within the province of Ontario, the use of the term organic is completely unregulated. Anybody can call their product organic,’ Northey said in a CBC News article on Friday. ‘The problem here is that the word organic is being watered down and consumers are losing trust in the term.’

Another issue arises from the fact that the government has limited resources.

‘One of the limitations that we’re often seeing with provincial governments is a lack of resources for both developing and enforcing regulations,’ Ashley St Hilaire, director of programs and government relations with the Canadian Organic Growers, said in an interview with Farms.com this morning."

Source: Organic certification process in Ontario needs attention | Farms.com

Yes, this is a big mess.


Recent Rainfall Boosts Late Maturing Crops In Saskatchewan | Farms.com

"Rainfall this week is expected to provide a boost to pastures and some late maturing crops across Saskatchewan.

 
The grainbelt, according to officials received a trace to two inches of moisture.
 
The biggest downpour was in Saskatoon at over 50 millimeters.
 
Regina and Yorkton had around 15 millimeters and Regina area farmer Bill Gehl sees limited benefit for rapidly-maturing fields.
 

He says yields are surprisingly good considering it is the driest year since 1894.

 
‘The lentils this year have been coming in around the 20 to 30 range,’ Gehl said. ‘I think there are some guys that are pleasantly surprised.’"
 
Source : CKRM

Source: Recent Rainfall Boosts Late Maturing Crops In Saskatchewan | Farms.com


Sask. Pulse Growers keep reduced checkoff for another year – The Western Producer

"Saskatchewan Pulse Growers has decided to keep its levy at a reduced level for at least one more year.

The mandatory levy on pulses and soybeans was dropped to .67 percent of gross sales from one percent on Aug. 1, 2016, in response to complaints from ratepayers.

It will stay at that level for another year starting Aug, 1, 2017.

Levy revenues had escalated to $22 million in 2015–16 from $13 million in 2013–14 due to record acres and strong pea and lentil prices.

SPG is estimating revenues declining to $16.5 million in 2016–17, which will fall short of expenses, leading to an estimated $2 million reduction in the association’s accumulated surplus.

‘We recognized that we were still in a situation where a one percent levy rate may result in SPG adding to its accumulated surplus,’ said chair Corey Loessin.

‘Based on that, we have chosen to extend the reduced .67 percent levy rate for an additional year.’

When former chair Tim Wiens announced the initial levy reduction in 2016, he said the board had wanted to make it a permanent reduction but the Agri-Food Council wouldn’t allow it because there was too short of a timeline leading to the change.

"

Source: Sask. Pulse Growers keep reduced checkoff for another year – The Western Producer


Wall announces retirement – The Western Producer

"Saskatchewan’s premier Brad Wall resigned unexpectedly on Thursday, saying he was quitting politics after nearly 10 years as the leader of the resource-rich western Canadian province.

Wall, who has been one of Canada’s most popular provincial leaders and was once considered a top contender for leadership of the Conservative party, did not give a reason for his departure in a video streamed on his Facebook page.

‘It is hard to lay this duty down, to retire from what has been and what will always be the honour of my working life,’ Wall said in his video. ‘But it is time.’

Wall’s right-leaning Saskatchewan Party holds a legislative majority, and his retirement is unlikely to affect the power balance in the province."

Source: Wall announces retirement – The Western Producer


Canola Watch: Swath timing | Berthas | Disease survey Aug 10, 2017

"Pockets of bertha armyworm

Some fields look pretty bad, but the good news so far is that we haven’t heard of too many like that. But check just in case. The risk period is not over.

Here are a few scouting tips:

  • Go out in early morning or late evening when larvae are mostly active.
  • Mark out a quarter-metre square (50 cm by 50 cm) and beat the plants growing within that area to dislodge the larvae. Count them. Multiply by 4 to get the number per metre square.
  • Sample at least 5 locations beyond headlands and a minimum of 50 metres apart.
  • If counts are close to threshold, keep looking. As Alberta Ag entomologist Scott Meers says, ‘If the action level is 20 per square metre and you find 17, look more closely to make sure you’re right.’
  • Adjacent fields may have very different larval densities, depending on how attractive the crop was when the moths were laying their eggs."

Source: Canola Watch: Swath timing | Berthas | Disease survey


Multipronged management of Tufted Vetch | Top Crop Manager

"The key to controlling tufted vetch in soybeans is to try to maximize control in all crops in the rotation and in all kinds of windows. That’s the advice of Mike Cowbrough, weed management specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). He has been investigating options for tufted vetch control for about 14 years so he knows just how difficult this weed is to conquer.

Tufted vetch (Vicia cracca) is a purple-flowered perennial legume that can climb onto and smother other plants. It reproduces by seed and also spreads by underground rootstocks. It can tolerate various herbicides, including glyphosate at the rates typically used in glyphosate-tolerant crops. The weed can also get tangled around equipment, reducing harvesting efficiency. In short, it’s troublesome in any crop.

It’s an especially tough problem in soybeans because of three factors, Cowbrough explains. ‘The first thing is that there are fewer herbicides with activity on tufted vetch in soybeans than in crops like corn and wheat.

‘The second is that vetch is a late-germinating species, but the arsenal of herbicides in soybeans that actually give you a fighting chance to control the weed can only really be applied prior to planting. Unfortunately, in most years vetch hasn’t even reared its ugly head out of the ground yet at that point, so there’s not much top-growth to target with a pre-plant herbicide.’

And the third factor is that tufted vetch has one heck of a root system. ‘It has a very thin, narrow but very persistent root system, which goes down to pretty significant depths. So it has quite a reserve to feed top-growth. To whittle that down takes years of effort,’ he says.

This root system makes season-long control challenging. ‘It can continually send up new vegetative shoots, and the bigger the root system, the greater the ability to send up new shoots throughout the season.’ He adds, ‘Vetch tends to show up in dry years because crop canopy closure isn’t as good and because its root system allows it to handle drought stress a lot more easily.’ "

Source: Multipronged management | Top Crop Manager


Crop sprayers grounded in Western Canada – The Western Producer

"Aerial crop sprayers are spending more time on the ground than in the air in Western Canada this season, with hot, dry weather limiting disease pressures and changing the economic threshold for insect applications.

‘The crops came out of the ground very aggressively and good, but there was a prolonged hot spell without any precipitation and most growers second-guessed themselves on the benefits of a fungicide application,’ said Colin Bevan of Air Spray in Kindersley, Sask., and president of the Saskatchewan Aerial Applicators Association.

‘Basically, the industry has fallen flat throughout most of the prairie provinces,’ said Bevan, noting that his own company would have usually covered 100,000 acres by this time of year, but had only done 10,000.

Bevan said insect pressure could still necessitate spraying, but with the hot, dry conditions and lower yield expectations, ‘the economic threshold changes for insect applications and it will take a pretty significant infestation of bugs before (farmers) find it financially advantageous to make an application.’"

Source: Crop sprayers grounded in Western Canada – The Western Producer


Fewer spuds sown in Canada – The Western Producer

"Canadian potato growers planted slighter fewer acres than they did a year ago, according to Statistics Canada.

Nationally, farmers planted 344,884 acres in potatoes, which is down .6 percent from a year ago. It marks the 13th straight year that seeded potato acreage has posted declines nationally.

On the Prairies, 64,500 seeded acres were reported by growers in Manitoba, 53,235 in Alberta and 5,900 in Saskatchewan.

The Manitoba figure represents the latest drop in an overall decline from a peak in 2003, when the province’s farmers seeded 103,000 acres.

In Alberta, seeded area grew slightly this year to 53,235 acres compared to 52,300 a year ago. Alberta acreage has remained in the 50,000 to 58,000 acre range, following its peak of 66,000 acres in 2003.

Saskatchewan acres have fallen steadily since that province peaked at 13,500 acres in 2003.

Like Alberta, Ontario also ran contrary to seeding declines elsewhere with 35,400 acres seeded, compared to 34,800 in 2016. Following peak potato acreage in 2003 at 44,900 acres, area in the province has dipped but remains relatively steady in the range of 38,000 to 34,000 acres going back to 1990.

In Quebec, the only other province to post gains, seeded acreage is at 42,749 for this year, compared to 41,761 acres in 2016.

However, potato acreage in that province has slowly slid over the long term from 49,900 acres in 2003 to where it is today."

Source: Fewer spuds sown in Canada – The Western Producer


MB Crop Report 2017-08-08 | Manitoba Agriculture | Province of Manitoba

"Crop Report: Issue 15, August 8, 2017

Weekly Provincial Summary

  • Moderate to hot weather from past weeks has advanced crops, but also caused some injury in canola.
  • Rainfall occurred throughout the province, but in many areas more is still needed.
  • Harvest has begun in winter cereals and field peas with good yields and quality reported.
  • Insect monitoring is on-going in many crops, but disease incidence remains low.
  • Haying continues, but in dry areas re-growth is minimal and pasture quality is beginning to decline."

Source: MB Crop Report 2017–08–08 | Manitoba Agriculture | Province of Manitoba


Minister Leal visits Ottawa-area farm to observe weather damage | Farms.com

"Members of the Ontario Government recently witnessed first-hand the extensive damage some Ottawa-area farmers are facing after heavy rains flooded fields.

Jeff Leal, the provincial agriculture minister, visited a farm in North Gower, Ont., where significant rainfalls, including an estimated 250mm of precipitation in July, have slowed producers down.

‘I truly appreciated the opportunity to visit Dwight Foster’s farm in North Gower, one of several farms across the province that have been impacted by unseasonably bad weather this season,’ Minister Leal, who was accompanied by Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean-Carleton, told Farms.com in an emailed statement. ‘I know the stress that farmers like Mr. Foster encounter when they are faced with adverse weather conditions.’

Foster estimates about 500 acres and $200,000 worth of crops are unsalvageable.

‘The crop that’s flooded is lost,’ he told CTV. ‘What we’re trying to do is fix issues so that the water in the future can get off the fields.’

The best way for farmers to ensure they’re eligible to receive assistance in cases of severe weather damage is to sign up for business risk management programs, Leal said."

Source: Minister Leal visits Ottawa-area farm to observe weather damage | Farms.com

Oops, too late for that.


Ontario Field Crop Report – August 3, 2017 | OMAFRA Field Crop News

"Cover Crops

The underseeded red clover is looking pretty good where the winter wheat has been harvested. As is often the case some fields have variable stands and others have poor or non-existent stands. If the red clover stand is poor and it is insured nothing can be done until it is released by Agricorp.

If it is not insured then now is a good time to improve it. If there are some thin spots in it, those areas can be patched with another legume.

Crimson clover is a good option and red clover can also be seeded at this time. Other clovers or peas are good options as well.

If all that is desired is inexpensive quick cover then oats are a good option. If very little red clover exists there a wide range of options to choose from.

If no cover crop was planned after winter wheat it is not too late to consider planting one. Cover crops can help improve soil structure, protect the soil from erosion, feed soil life, suppress weeds, cycle nutrients, and provide feed for livestock and much more.

Research at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus has shown that planting a cover crop provides a benefit, even if the growth is limited. So consider the options and find a way to reap the benefits of cover crops.

Select a cover crop to meet the goals for the field. Also consider how it will fit into your cropping and tillage system and how much time there will be for the cover crop to grow. Some options that will achieve good ground cover at a reasonable cost are: oats or barley, oats and radish, and oats and peas. 

Combinations of a grass or cereal, legume and brassica also work well and can provide a diversity of growth and root types.

Before planting a cover crop it is important to think about what management it may require. Many cover crops are killed by frost and don’t require a herbicide treatment.

Others will survive the winter and will need to be killed in the fall or spring. Some will go to seed, so they will need to be mowed or managed before then. Tillage, using a roller crimper or grazing are other methods that can be used to manage or terminate the cover crop.

Plant the cover crop as soon as possible to achieve the most growth. Drilling the cover crop in is the most effective but other methods can work.

If planting is delayed until after Labour Day it is best to plant a winter cereal as a frost will likely kill off other cover crops before they can achieve much growth.

Some areas have had too much rain and parts of fields or whole fields have no crop in them. For some options for those fields visit the Field Crop News site.

New this year Agricorp is offering production insurance for cover crops.

The coverage is called New Forage Seeding and is available for a wide range of cover crops.

The acreage to be covered must be reported by September 1st. Visit the Agricorp website for more information."

Source: Ontario Field Crop Report – August 3, 2017 | OMAFRA Field Crop News


Prairie flax crop in tough shape – The Western Producer

"Growers might want to be patient when marketing the 2017 flax crop, says an analyst.

Small crops in Canada and the United States will create a tight supply and demand situation in North America, said Chuck Penner, analyst with LeftField Commodity Research.

He forecasts 550,000 tonnes of Canadian production, well below Agriculture Canada’s estimate of 680,000 tonnes.

A lot of Canada’s flax is grown in the drought-stricken regions of the Prairies.

Penner estimates there will be about 200,000 tonnes of carryout from the 2016–17 crop to help bolster supplies, but much of that will be of poor quality.

Derek Squair, director of merchandising with Providence Grain, also expects a short Canadian flax crop.

‘A lot of it is grown in the areas that are going to get hit pretty hard, so (it is) concerning,’ he said.

‘I would think we’re going to have some pretty low (yield) numbers.’

Almost one-third of Saskatchewan’s flax was in poor or very poor condition as of July 24, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture.

"

Source: Prairie flax crop in tough shape – The Western Producer


SK Crop Report | Crops Statistics | Government of Saskatchewan

August 1 – 7 2017

"Producers in the province have two per cent of the crop combined and three per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut, according to Saskatchewan Agriculture’s weekly Crop Report. The five-year (2012–2016) average for this time of year is two per cent combined and two per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

Seventy-five per cent of the fall rye, 31 per cent of the winter wheat, 11 per cent of the field peas and 10 per cent of the lentils are now in the bin. Five per cent of the mustard and one per cent of the canola has been swathed.

Harvest is most advanced in the southwest, where six per cent of the crop is now combined. Producers in the southeast have four per cent combined, while many producers in the central and northern regions expect to be in the field in the coming weeks.

The majority of the province received rainfall last week that has replenished topsoil moisture and helped later-seeded crops fill. Rainfall ranged from trace amounts to 80 mm in the Turtleford area. There were reports of heavy downpours in some areas of the north that have flooded fields, roads and yards. While the rain has been welcomed in some areas, it is too late to be of benefit in more southern areas where crops are rapidly drying down.

Topsoil moisture conditions have slightly improved with the recent rainfall. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 36 per cent adequate, 38 per cent short and 24 per cent very short. Hay land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 29 per cent adequate, 34 per cent short and 35 per cent very short.

Hay yields are below average overall. Estimated average dryland hay yields for the province are one ton per acre for alfalfa and alfalfa/bromegrass; 0.83 ton per acre for other tame hay and 1.5 tons per acre for greenfeed. Estimated average irrigated hay yields are 2.3 tons per acre for alfalfa; 2.0 tons per acre for alfalfa/bromegrass and 3.1 tons per acre for greenfeed.

Crop damage this past week is mainly attributed to hail, localized flooding, strong winds and lack of moisture. Producers continue to spray for bertha armyworms and diamondback moths in canola fields.

Producers are getting ready for harvest and hauling bales."

Source: Download the Crop Report | Crops Statistics | Government of Saskatchewan


Too much rain results in smaller yields for Quebec farmers | Top Crop Manager

"While driving through the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield region in southern Quebec in mid-June, John McCart, president of the Quebec Farmers’ Association, noticed farms in the area were sitting empty, void of the crops that should have been planted the month before. 

‘We missed a lot of sun in May and June,’ explained McCart. That lack of sun, combined with colder temperatures, increased humidity and spurts of hail in some regions of the province have hindered farmers’ ability to grow or maintain their crops, he said. For example, the cold weather has meant smaller ears of corn for consumers."

Source: Too much rain results in smaller yields for Quebec farmers | Top Crop Manager


AgroFresh introduces a foggable fungicide platform ActiMist | AgroNews

“AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced the launch of ActiMist, a foggable fungicide delivery system, strengthening its industry-leading SmartFresh Quality System. Fludioxonil, marketed as ActiMistFDL will be the first in a family of foggable fungicides added to the existing service platform of SmartFresh™ 1-MCP, Harvista™ for pre-harvest application, and the state-of-the-art AdvanStore™ monitoring technology, combining to provide customers with a comprehensive, unsurpassed food preservation solution.”

Source: AgroFresh introduces a foggable fungicide platform ActiMist | AgroNews


AMVAC, Simplot collaborate on SIMPAS prescription application system | AgroNews

"AMVAC Chemical Corporation recently announced a collaboration with the J. R. Simplot Company to field test AMVAC’s proprietary SIMPAS™ prescriptive application equipment.

SIMPAS stands for Smart Integrated Multi-product Prescriptive Application System.

This technology enables Simplot Grower Solutions (SGS), a division of the J.R. Simplot Company and leading full-service agronomic input supplier, to test-run the application equipment as part of SGS’s comprehensive services to their growers.

SIMPAS allows growers to apply multiple differentiated products to only the portion of the fields needing specific inputs.

This is possible by using SmartCartridge™ container technology that uses on-the-row RFID-tagged containers for application.  

The collaboration allows AMVAC to install hardware and software at select SGS retail locations in order for those retailers to handle and process the SmartCartridges used by SIMPAS equipment to prescriptively apply products.

SGS will then be able to perform pre-commercially testing of AMVAC’s SIMPAS and SmartCartridge hardware and software at multiple SGS locations during the 2018 crop cycle in anticipation of AMVAC’s soft launch of the technology in 2019."

Source: AMVAC, Simplot collaborate on SIMPAS prescription application system | AgroNews


Amy Yoder joins Arcadia Biosciences board of directors | AgroNews

"Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company that creates value for farmers while benefitting the environment and enhancing human health, announced today that Amy Yoder has joined its board of directors.

Yoder is president and CEO of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, a company that creates enhanced plant nutrition products from recycled organic waste sources.

She is the former president and CEO of Arysta Life Science and has held a variety of senior sales, marketing and executive positions with companies throughout the agricultural and related industries, including Spectrum Brands, BioLab and United Agri Products.

Yoder received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural technology and systems management from Michigan State University, with an emphasis in crop and soil science.

Yoder has served on boards of various agricultural associations and universities and was recognized as Atlanta’s ‘Business Woman to Watch’ in 2007.

She currently serves as a director for Compass Minerals International and Vive Crop Protection."

Source: Amy Yoder joins Arcadia Biosciences board of directors-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


Another round of consolidation likely in India agricultural inputs sector | AgroNews

"The Indian agricultural inputs sector, which includes agrochemicals and fertilisers, is heading for a fresh round of consolidation over the next five years where more than a dozen deals could be sealed, say experts and industry players.

The key factors fuelling consolidation in the domestic market include large mergers and acquisitions in the global market, incentives by the government for larger players and prolonged unfavourable monsoon spells affecting many firms.

Companies that could see acquisitions include India’s biggest private-sector phosphatic fertiliser producer Coromandel International, Nagarjuna Agrichem, Bharat Rasayan, Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals.

However, most of these companies refused to comment officially on their acquisition plans, citing regulatory norms on such price sensitive disclosures.

Ravi Kataria, managing director of investment bank Investment Imperative Group, said India is set to see around 15 deals in the agrochemicals and fertilisers sectors over the next five years with at least two-three deals a year.

‘While mergers and acquisitions have been a constant in this industry, it has gained traction in the past three-four years,‘ said K Ravichandran, senior vice-president, ratings agency ICRA.

India is the fourth-largest global producer of agrochemicals after the US, Japan and China."

Source: Another round of consolidation likely in India agricultural inputs sector | AgroNews


BASF launched new fungicide Vivando to combat mushroom blight cobweb mould in UK | AgroNews

"A new fungicide has been launched by German chemical giant BASF to fight mushroom blight cobweb mould.

The new product, Vivando, is based on the mildewicide metrafenone and has been approved for use at the start of yield on the casing soil used to grow mushrooms.

It has been registered in the UK and in Ireland and will be available to UK growers from September.

Cobweb mould, which can be recognised by the circular patches of cottony white cobweb that develop on the casing layer, is caused by Dactylium dendrites mildew.

It makes mushrooms discolour and can cause rot, decreasing saleable yields.

Under the conditions of high humidity and temperature used in mushroom production, the disease can grow very rapidly, at about one to two centimetres a day.

As such, it is important to treat it promptly."

Source: BASF launched new fungicide Vivando to combat mushroom blight cobweb mould in UK-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


BioSafe Systems introduces new AzaGuard formulation-Agricultural news-Agropages.com

"BioSafe Systems announces the release of a new and improved formulation of AzaGuard Insecticide/Nematicide.

A common inert used in emulsified concentrates was recently put on the EPA watch list.

To be proactive, BioSafe Systems underwent the process of reformulating AzaGuard and updating the label through the EPA to produce a more sustainable botanical insecticide which adheres to the company’s mission of providing highly effective but sustainable crop protection solutions.

Additionally, over 30 new crops were added to the label including arugula, globe artichokes, pomegranates and cranberries to meet the increasing need for effective organic insect control solutions.
 
AzaGuard is a 3% Azadirachtin Botanical Insecticide utilizing the technical material that remains below 20% by weight to maintain high levels of other important limonoids.

The inclusion of these important limonoids in AzaGuard enhances the efficacy of the active ingredient as an insect growth regulator, insect repellant and anti-feedant.

In addition, AzaGuard is formulated in the U.S.

under strict quality control conditions from technical material extracted from newly harvested neem seeds.

These manufacturing efforts ensure that AzaGuard maintains the maximum potency until used by our customers."

Source: BioSafe Systems introduces new AzaGuard formulation-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


Brazilian farmers criticize govt for delay in pesticide registrations | AgroNews

"With over 1,000 products awaiting registration in Brazil, the list of preferential agrochemicals for registration has provoked controversy.

Entities, such as the National Union of the Industry of Vegetable Defense Products (Sindiveg) and the Brazilian Association of Cotton Growers (Abrapa) have already voiced their position and questioned the criteria and asked for greater transparency.

One of the points mentioned is the presence of products, which are already on offer in the market, as well as agrochemicals that are already out of use in other places of the world. Another point questioned is that several applicants are only offices of registration and not industries installed in the country, which would demand a lot more time for processing the authorization of imports.

As per the current rule, the agrochemicals considered preferential by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply have analyzed before that the products are for more time in the waiting line. According to the Secretary of Agricultural Defense of the Ministry, Luis Eduardo Rangel, the selection is done taking into account the plagues that mean a greater threat to agriculture in a specific time.

‘We challenge the company to present their alternatives. The low toxicity products get preference,’ Rangel explained. According to him, in order to prepare for registration, algorithms are used. ‘It is a formula, it is more complex than simply saying that the product of the company ‘A’ has priority.…It is a lot of work.’"

Source: Brazilian farmers criticize govt for delay in pesticide registrations | AgroNews


China registered 22 Pyraclostrobin product in July | AgroNews

"According to China Pesticide Registration Watch, 353 products were granted registration from Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA) in July, 2017.

These registration includes 122 herbicide, 114 fungicides, 69 insecticides, 24 hygienic insecticides, 11 plant growth regulators (PGR), 4 miticide, 2 miticide/insecticide , 2 herbicide /PGR, 1 fungicide/insecticide , 1 molluscicide, 1 insecticide /fungicide, 1 insecticide/miticide, 1 nematocide.

There were 40 pesticide technical approved for registration (extension registration not included ), which includes 21 herbicide , 10 fungicide, 5 insecticide , 2 PGR, 1 herbicide/PGR, 1 miticide/insecticide."

Source: China registered 22 Pyraclostrobin product in July | AgroNews


China’s pesticide export analysis Latin American market up in 2016, with some highlights-Agricultural news-Agropages.com

"According to a Chinese Customs data report, China’s pesticide exports to Latin America in 2016 amounted to 528,934 tons, up 37% annually, with an export value of US$2.08 billion, a 13.6% increase compared to 2015.

However, a gap still exists with the peak value in 2014 of $2.4 billion. China exports pesticides to 29 countries out of the 34 countries and regions of Latin America.

The top 11 countries by export value are ranked as follows:

  1. Brazil
  2. Argentina
  3. Colombia
  4. Paraguay
  5. Uruguay
  6. Mexico
  7. Chile
  8. Peru
  9. Venezuela
  10. Ecuador
  11. Guatemala

China’s pesticide export value to these 11 countries accounts for over 93% of the total export value to Latin America, while its volume of exports accounts for around 90% of the total"

Source: China’s pesticide export analysis Latin American market up in 2016, with some highlights-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


Crystal Crop plans IPO, bankers to pitch next week | AgroNews

"Crystal Crop Protection, a Delhi-based maker of agrochemical products, plans to float an initial public offering (IPO) next year to raise Rs. 1000 crores, a merchant banker familiar with the development said.

Most of the capital raised will be through issue of fresh shares, he said.

Singapore-based Everstone Capital is the sole institutional investor in the company, accounting for a 3.5 percent stake, according to the banker. ‘It had a higher stake earlier but the promoters have bought back the stake over a period,’ he said.

Merchant bankers are set to make a pitch to the company next week in search of a mandate."

Source: Crystal Crop plans IPO, bankers to pitch next week-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


DuPont Acquires Ag Software Company Granular | AgroNews

"DuPont announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire San Francisco-based Granular, Inc., a leading provider of software and analytics tools that help farms improve efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

Granular also operates AcreValue.com, the leading digital marketplace for farmland real estate.

Sid Gorham, Granular’s co-founder and CEO, will continue to lead Granular and will lead Digital Agriculture for DuPont, which includes responsibility for Encirca® services, DuPont’s agronomic software business.

‘This acquisition is an important component of our commitment to leading and shaping the agtech market,’ said DuPont Executive Vice President James C. Collins, with responsibility for DuPont’s Agriculture segment.

‘We believe DuPont’s agronomy expertise, deep customer relationships and market reach will accelerate Granular’s business growth and help us deliver more value to growers around the world.’

With its focus on developing innovative solutions to help growers build strong, sustainable businesses, DuPont is creating a digital agriculture ecosystem to support information sharing, services and commerce.

This acquisition will enable the business to connect growers, analytics and public and private data to advance our vision for a digitally connected, more sustainable agriculture industry."

Source: DuPont Acquires Ag Software Company Granular | AgroNews


Evogene sales down 50% in first half 2017 | AgroNews

"Evogene Ltd., a leading company for the improvement of crop productivity and economics, announced today its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Ofer Haviv, Evogene’s President and CEO, stated: ‘2017 is proving to be a significant year in the development of Evogene and we look forward with high expectations to what the year has yet to bring.

We were pleased to see progress and achievements in our collaborations and internal programs, across all areas of activities.

In our on-going Fusarium collaboration with Monsanto, we reached an important milestone, and our newly initiated collaboration with DuPont-Pioneer, is a testament to the important achievements reached in our internal bio-stimulant product program.

This collaboration is an example of the comprehensive abilities of our computational biology platform, which is constantly evolving to now also include ‘artificial intelligence’, allowing us to enter new areas of activity.

Evogene continues to lead innovation and, as we announced in the past, we are actively seeking applications for our exciting technology, both within and outside the agriculture world.

For the first time, in addition to our robust internal programs, we now have collaborations with at least one world leading company in each of our areas of activity: DuPont-Pioneer in Ag-Biologicals, Monsanto in Seed Traits and BASF in Ag-Chemicals. We believe this trend will continue and are looking to strengthen our position as a world leading ag-biotech company with additional collaborations."

Source: [Evogene sales down 50% in first half 2017 | AgroNews)


Hikal Limited sales up 18% in Q2 FY17 | AgroNews

"Hikal Ltd, a preferred long-term partner for leading global life sciences companies, announced its financial results for the quarter ended 30th June, 2017.

Highlights for Quarter Ended 30th June, 2017

Performance highlights for the quarter ended 30th June, 2017

  • Sales up 18.0% to Rs. 266.7 crore as compared to Rs. 226.0 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year

  • EBITDA up 13.9% to Rs. 49.7 crore as compared to Rs. 43.6 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year

  • PAT up 15.3% to Rs. 13.3 crore as compared to Rs. 11.5 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year

  • Cash Profit up 18.1% to Rs. 34.6 crore as compared to Rs. 29.3 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year

Segmental Performance for the quarter ended 30th June, 2017

  • Crop Protection sales up 28.6% to Rs. 105.8 crore as compared to Rs. 82.3 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year "

Source: Hikal Limited sales up 18% in Q1 FY18-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


Millions of eggs contaminated by fipronil removed from European shelves | AgroNews

"Millions of eggs are being recalled from shops and warehouses in Germany and the Netherlands and being blocked from sale in Belgium after some were found to contain high levels of insecticide fipronil banned from use in the production of food for human consumption.

About 180 Dutch farms have been temporarily shut down and a criminal investigation has been launched as authorities seek to establish the scale of the problem.

A European commission spokeswoman, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, told reporters in Brussels: ‘The eggs are blocked. The contaminated eggs have been traced and withdrawn from the market and the situation is under control.’"

Source: Millions of eggs contaminated by fipronil removed from European shelves | AgroNews


Nissan Chemical’s agrochemical sales up 1% in Q1 FY2017 | AgroNews

"Sales of Nissan Chemical’s Agricultural Chemical segment rose by 0.9% to 14,601 million yen ($132.1 million at the current rate) in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended June 30.

Operating income was up by 1.2% to 4,543 million yen.

Compared to first quarter target, the sales were above 1,100 million yen and operating income were above 700 million yen.

The domestic sales of ‘ALTAIR’ (metazosulfuron) increased. ‘ROUNDUP’ (glyphosate ) were shipped earlier than as it was scheduled.

‘TARGA’ (quizalofop-P-ethyl; herbicide for soybean, etc.) had healthy sales in Europe. Conversely, the sales of Fluralaner (the active substance of veterinary medical product) decreased due to the difference of shipment period."

Source: Nissan Chemical’s agrochemical sales up 1% in Q1 FY2017 | AgroNews


OHP biosolutions makes debut in 2017 | AgroNews

"OHP announces the introduction of ‘OHP biosolutions’ to better serve the greenhouse and nursery market including vegetables and herbs.

This new line from OHP will feature products that are specifically designed to address the expanding segment of growers who utilize biological products exclusively or in combination with conventional products.

‘We see the steady evolution of our industry from one where conventional products were dominant to one where growers are using all available options,’ notes Dan Stahl, OHP vice president and general manager.

‘Our motto has been ‘OHP, your partner with solutions.’ Now, with biosolutions, we’ve broadened our approach to include non-conventional products for the diversity of growers we see today,’ adds Stahl."

Source: OHP biosolutions makes debut in 2017 | AgroNews


OHP launches new insecticidal soap-Agricultural news-Agropages.com

"OHP recently introduced a new insecticidal soap to its portfolio of OHP biosolutions.

Kopa insecticidal soap is a potassium salt of fatty acid soap that controls insects, mites, and powdery mildew. The product is the latest of several additions to the OHP biosolutions segment of new tools for the greenhouse and nursery industry, including vegetables and herbs production.

Kopa insecticidal soap is approved for organic production and is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute.

‘Kopa is a great addition to our OHP biosolutions products, aimed at growers who are using not only conventional, but other means of pest control,’ says Dan Stahl, OHP Vice President and General Manager. ‘It is a great rotational tool for an insect and mite control program, whether biological or conventional.’"

Source: OHP launches new insecticidal soap-Agricultural news-Agropages.com


Special review of 2,4-D finished in Canada | AgroNews

"The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the human health and environmental risks of products containing all forms of 2,4-D currently registered in Canada are, or their value is, unacceptable under current conditions of use.

On this basis, a special review is not required under subsection 17(1) of the Pest Control Products Act.

2,4-D is currently registered in Canada for use on turf, forests and woodlots, terrestrial feed and food crops, and industrial and domestic non-food sites.

In 2013, pursuant to subsection 17(2) of the Pest Control Products Act, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) initiated a special review of pest control products containing 2,4-D based on the decision taken by Norway in 2000 to prohibit the use of this active ingredient due to human health and environmental concerns. The aspects of concern that prompted the special review were related to human health (potential carcinogenicity of 2,4-D) and the environment (high mobility and the potential for runoff of 2,4-D to aquatic habitats from treated areas; potential risk to aquatic plants following runoff).

In 2016, following a science-based assessment of the above aspects of concern, the PMRA published the proposed special review decision for 2,4-D (REV2016–08). The proposed decision indicated that the pest control products containing 2,4-D were acceptable for continued registration taking into account the current conditions of use, and proposed to confirm the current registration.

Following the publication of REV2016–08, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority registered 2,4-D as a pest control product for use on turf in Norway as of April 2016."

Source: Special review of 2,4-D finished in Canada | AgroNews


UPL: Steady outlook after transient hiccups | AgroNews

"UPL’s performance for the June quarter may have been impacted by multiple factors, but a 10 per cent volume growth was still encouraging. On revenues, there was a disappointment as despite launch of three new products domestic growth came at just four per cent year-on-year, impacted by goods and services tax (GST)-led destocking.

Latin American business grew six per cent and was hit by poor commodity prices, high channel inventories and drought in Mexico. The European growth of four per cent too was impacted by hot weather in South Europe despite beet acreage improving. UPL’s overall revenue growth of six per cent was supported by North American business growing seven per cent and Rest of the World geographies growing nine per cent.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) thus was up just 7.3 per cent. However, adjusted net profit surged 26.8 per cent supported by higher other income, lower interest expenses, lower depreciation, and lower tax rate."

Source: UPL: Steady outlook after transient hiccups | AgroNews

Latin American could again this year be the major pothole for the Agrichemical Industry.


Vive Crop Protection Announces Biopesticide Partnership with SDTC | AgroNews

"Vive Crop Protection recently announced a new partnership with four biopesticide manufacturers to develop new and improved biopesticides, supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

Biopesticides are the fastest growing crop protection segment, but have suffered from limited effectiveness in field situations, shorter product life, poor compatibility with conventional pesticides, and limited combination products. Vive has recently demonstrated that the Allosperse Delivery System enhances the viability and performance of biopesticides.

‘This project extends the scope of the Allosperse Delivery System and means that we can provide a complete solution to growers, whether they need a conventional, biological, or combination crop protection product. We’re excited about the potential for these products and thank SDTC for the support,’ states Keith Thomas, Vive’s CEO.

Over the next three years, Vive will work with the partner manufacturers to develop new and improved versions of their products. This work will be supported by SDTC, who are also excited about the potential for Allosperse applied to biopesticides."

Source: Vive Crop Protection Announces Biopesticide Partnership with SDTC | AgroNews


2017 Harvest Underway: ‘230-Bushel Corn Is Fantastic’ | Successful Farming

"While not a major corn-producing state, Louisiana has had Iowa-like corn weather and the harvest, in its third week, is showing it.

Keith Collins, a Louisiana State University Ag Center Extension agent located in Richland Parish, says some farmers are already 50% harvested with yield averages of 230 bushels per acre.

‘We’ll have a record crop, probably,’ Collins says. ‘The crop is fantastic. One area farmer told me that for the first time in his 35-year career, he has corn like Iowa.’

This northeastern Louisiana parish has a lot of on-farm storage. So, farmers are harvesting corn with 25% moisture and then drying it down, Collins says."

Source: 2017 Harvest Underway: ‘230-Bushel Corn Is Fantastic’ | Successful Farming


Arkansas Task Force Aims for Long-Term Recommendations on Use of Dicamba | Successful Farming

"After shutting down row-crop use of dicamba for the rest of this growing season, Arkansas has appointed a 21-member task force to look for a long-term solution to the nearly 900 complaints about the herbicide this year. ‘The task force will attempt to reach consensus on a set of recommendations for the use of dicamba products n Arkansas as quickly as possible in order to provide certainty for the 2018 growing season,’ said the state Agriculture Department.

Task force members will hold their first meeting August 17 and will confront an explosion of complaints despite EPA approval of drift-resistant formulations of the weedkiller. Last year, problems were blamed on illegal spraying of cotton and soybean crops with older, unapproved dicamba formulations as a way to combat invasive weeds resistant to other weed killers. Seed companies are selling cotton and soybean strains genetically engineered to tolerate dicamba.

University of Missouri weed specialist Kevin Bradley said dicamba damage was alleged on 2.5 million acres of soybeans in 17 states as of late July. Missouri agriculture officials tightened their rules on when the weed killer could be used and limited use to three drift-resistant products, one each from Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont.

On Monday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters that he would prefer ‘a bottom-up’ resolution of dicamba problems by growers and chemical companies rather a ‘top-down (set) of rules and regulations.’"

Source: Arkansas Task Force Aims for Long-Term Recommendations on Use of Dicamba | Successful Farming

What happens when the lawyers get in the mix?


Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico Reaches Record Level | Agrimarketing

"AP reports:

There’s an unwanted record in the Gulf of Mexico: This year’s ‘dead zone,’ a largely human-caused phenomenon where there’s too little oxygen to support marine life, is the biggest ever measured.

The low-oxygen, or hypoxic, zone covers 8,776 square miles (22,720 square kilometers) – about the size of New Jersey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday. The area is more than 3 percent larger than the 2002 dead zone, the previous record.

‘We predicted it would be large, and it is large,’ said scientist Nancy Rabalais, who has been measuring the dead zone since 1985.

She said the area was actually larger, but the July mapping cruise had to stop before reaching the western edge.

‘The structure of the water column was changing, so I’m not sure how much larger it would have been,’ said Rabalais, of Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium."

Source: AgriMarketing.com – Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico Reaches Record Level


AgriMarketing.com – Dow DuPont Merger To Occur Thursday August 31

"Source: DuPont news release

DuPont (NYSE: DD) and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received, that all conditions to closing of their merger of equals have been satisfied, and that their merger of equals will close after the market closes on August 31, 2017.

Shares of Dow and DuPont will cease trading at the close of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 31. Shares of DowDuPont will begin trading on the NYSE under the stock ticker symbol ‘DWDP’ on September 1, 2017.

The companies continue to expect the intended spin-offs to occur within 18 months of closing."

Source: AgriMarketing.com – Dow DuPont Merger To Occur Thursday August 31


Mexican judge orders a ban on fresh U.S. potatoes | The Packer

"A federal judge in Mexico has ordered SAGARPA, the Mexican department of agriculture, to stop the import of fresh U.S. potatoes.

The National Potato Council, Washington, D.C., is waiting for details on the Aug. 4 decision, including whether it affects the 26-kilometer zone where U.S. tablestock potatoes are allowed.

The judge listed concerns about pests among reasons for the ruling.

‘We still have a lot of questions,’ said John Keeling, executive vice president and CEO of the National Potato Council. ‘What we do know is that it’s a little bit frightening in terms of having a judge step in and overrule the phytosanitary authority in the country based on a set of ideas about food security or whatever, so we’re concerned."

Source: Mexican judge orders a ban on fresh U.S. potatoes | The Packer


Monsanto Issues An Open Letter To Its Farmer-Customers | Agrimarketing

"Source: blog by Dr. Robb Fraley, Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto

Farmers are the heart and soul of our company. Our mission is to discover and develop innovative new products to help you achieve better harvests in a more environmentally sustainable way. Your success is our success, and we are committed to supporting you at every stage of the season-every year.

You told us you needed additional tools to combat tough-to-control weeds. We responded by developing Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean and Roundup Ready XtendFlex cotton seeds that are tolerant to dicamba. We also developed a new dicamba formulation, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, which has been proven to reduce the volatility potential of dicamba by 90 percent as compared to Clarity, and 99 percent as compared to Banvel and other DMA-based dicamba formulations. Working closely with states, we have trained thousands of farmers and professional applicators on how to use our products successfully.

We are hearing that the overwhelming majority of farmers are experiencing tremendous success during this first year of commercial launch. However, we have also heard reports that some farmers are noticing signs of leaf cupping in nearby soybean fields, which could be attributable to dicamba.

Any time we hear reports of potential crop injury, from any cause, it concerns us. We know the passion, energy and financial resources you invest in your fields. Your crop is your livelihood, and you only get one shot a year. We understand. "

Source: AgriMarketing.com – Monsanto Issues An Open Letter To Its Farmer-Customers


NAFTA proposal would hurt free trade | The Packer

"If you are an exporter of fruits and vegetables, please heed these words: Your business is in immediate danger. Now.

The U.S. has put forth an anti-trade negotiating objective under the North America Free Trade Agreement. It is a Pandora’s box that is not consistent with World Trade Organization norms and would invite other nations to more easily put up protectionist regulations against U.S. exports.

This NAFTA negotiating objective is to ‘seek a separate domestic industry provision for perishable seasonal products in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.’

Under current U.S. law, dumping must be proved over the course of a year by petitioners representing the majority of U.S. production.

Essentially, this proposal would allow fruit and vegetable industry sectors to carve out their own windows of protection, resulting in seasonal tariffs against imports."

Source: NAFTA proposal would hurt free trade | The Packer

This week (on August 17) the sand box games begin.


Trump Might Start Trade War With Brazil Over Imports of Ethanol | Agweb.com

"President Donald Trump’s America First rhetoric is doing no favors for U.S. ethanol producers, who are hoping to avoid a trade fight with fuel buyers in Brazil.

The administration has started making noise about rising imports of Brazilian biofuel made from sugar. That’s got the South American producer mulling tariffs or a quota on imports of U.S. fuel made from corn. A trade spat would be a much bigger problem up north because the U.S. ships more than four times as much to Brazil than it buys from the country.

The brewing trade dispute is gearing up to pit the world’s two biggest ethanol producers against each other. As the rivalry heats up, hedge funds seem to be signaling that Brazil will be the winner – speculators cut their bullish bets on corn last week while getting less bearish on sugar.

‘The winds of protectionism are blowing in Washington,’ said Joel Velasco, a principal at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington and a former representative for the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, or UNICA. ‘The race to raise barriers can quickly sour things for U.S. and Brazil relations.’"

Source: Trump Might Start Trade War With Brazil Over Imports of Ethanol | Agweb.com

Trade policy by bully pulpit – TWEET begins.


U.S. sugar beet growers may have misjudged market: prof – The Western Producer

"Hindsight is 20/20, and American sugar beet growers are wondering if they did the right thing when they switched to genetically modified varieties.

Lynn Kennedy, an agricultural economist at Louisiana State University, said beet growers have adopted GM varieties in a dramatic fashion in the last decade.

No GM beets were grown in 2007, but ‘by 2010, over 95 percent of the United States had gone to genetically modified products,’ he told the Farming For Profit conference earlier this year.

‘They went all in together and they were ready to sink or swim together. I don’t think they looked ahead and thought this might be a problem.’

That problem, of course, is consumer perception.

Kennedy said growing GM varieties is far more environmentally friendly because of reduced herbicide use and fewer passes through fields.

‘When you can’t use Roundup on sugar beets … you have to use a variety of other (herbicides) and you tend to stunt the growth,’ he said.

‘You don’t have the healthy kind of sugar beet that would yield more in other situations.’

Consumers want greener technology, but some of those same people also don’t want GM crops."

Source: U.S. sugar beet growers may have misjudged market: prof – The Western Producer

This being the US, growers forgot the mishandled introduction of GM crops to Europe.


WOTUS Rescinded; Property Rights Saved | Agweb.com

"Your property rights enjoyed a major victory when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced in late June they would rescind the onerous Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule imposed by the Obama administration. Their announcement followed President Donald Trump’s February executive order directing a review of the rule. 

The controversial WOTUS rule was billed as a fix to the Supreme Court’s direction to develop a rule to define waters falling under the jurisdiction of the EPA and Corps via the Clean Water Act. That act, enacted in 1972, gave EPA and the Corps authority to control pollution in navigable waters of the U. S. The term ‘navigable waters’ was not defined by legislation, and the federal agencies broadened their interpretation of the phrase over time."

Source: WOTUS Rescinded; Property Rights Saved | Agweb.com


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