Gr8WN CPC – News – Sunday April 23, 2017

2016 Count of Certified Organic Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market | AgroNews

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world.

The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and 2016, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. The number of certified operations has increased since the count began in 2002 and this is the highest growth rate since 2008."

Bacteria’s DNA Fingerprint Suggests It Could Be Spreading via Food Distribution – ScienceDaily

“Foods should be investigated as a potential source of spread of Clostridium difficile, according to research.”

BASF Launches Monarch Challenge Program Will Supply Milkweed Seed to Farmers | AgroNews

"Farmers are poised to be heroes in the life of the monarch butterfly, which has begun its yearly migration in the face of a dwindling habitat. Tools from the BASF Living Acres Monarch Challenge will help farmers build the habitat monarchs need to make their way north with a vital sidekick: milkweed.

“Milkweed is critical to the monarch throughout its lifecycle, but can be difficult to grow,” said Laura Vance, Biology Project Leader, BASF. “The Living Acres Monarch Challenge is a program that helps farmers create more milkweed habitat alongside their production acres to increase the monarch population.”

The first 500 farmers to join the Monarch Challenge at will receive 18 butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) seedlings, a hose, gloves and a guide book to help them create this important habitat. Planting milkweed seedlings is one of the easiest ways to start a habitat that will sustain itself for years to come."

Can Technology Help Feed 9 Billion People?

"Food is the ultimate technology.

It might not have circuits, touchscreens, or an app store, but of all the tech we’ve ever developed as humans, nothing else has had such a direct and significant impact on our progress as a species.

It was agriculture — the cultivation of edible things — that made it possible for humans to progress from nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes and develop settlements, cities, and civilization in general. Later, advances in agricultural technology — things like grain storage, steel plows, and mechanical threshers — allowed us to produce food surpluses, support larger populations, and colonize every corner of this rich, round planet. Food is undoubtedly one of our greatest technological achievements."

Canada Responds to Trump’s Dairy Trade Admonishments |

“Canada’s ambassador to Washington said Tuesday night that President Donald Trump is wrong when he says Canada’s trade practices in the dairy industry are ”very unfair."

Ambassador David MacNaughton said in a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York that Canada is aware of their letter to Trump asking him to address Canadian dairy practices.

“Canada does not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States,” MacNaughton said.

He said the facts don’t bear that out and attached a U.S. Department of Agriculture dairy outlook report that “clearly indicates the poor results in the U.S. sector are due U.S. and global overproduction.”"

The US has also successfully hiding that it subsidizes its own farmers with the Farm Bill.

CFIA Downplays Gylphosate Residue Findings in Food | WP

"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released [a report on glyphosate residues in food (PDF format)](a report on glyphosate residues in food (PDF format) last week, and the headlines were not positive.

Global News and other media outlets said CFIA scientists found glyphosate in nearly 30 percent of Canadian food samples.

The headlines were accurate, but did they reflect the actual health risk to Canadians?

Aline Dimitri, the CFIA’s deputy chief food safety officer and executive director, said Canadians don’t need to worry about glyphosate in food.

“At the end of the day, what this (report) is saying to us is that the Canadian food system is safe,” she said."

COO Appointed to Canadian Grain Commission | Top Crop Manager

"Jocelyn Beaudette will be appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Grain Commission as of June 19, 2017, reporting to Chief Commissioner, Patti Miller. The current Chief Operating Officer, Gord Miles, retires at the end of June.

During her 26 years with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Beaudette has acquired a wide range of skills and experience working with the agriculture industry in the areas of marketing and trade, strategic policy and program delivery. She has formed and enhanced strong collaborative partnerships with various levels of government and industry stakeholders."

Cover Crops May Be Used to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change – ScienceDaily

“Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture.”

Excessive Glyphosate Levels Found in 1.3 Percent of Food Samples: CFIA study | WP

"CORRECTION – The headline of this story originally stated glyphosate was found in 4 percent of food samples. The correct number is 1.3 per cent of food samples. Glyphosate was found in 4 percent of grain samples.

Health Canada has found that glyphosate exceeds maximum residue limits in grain products about four percent of the time.

The finding is from a Canadian Food Inspection Agency document that an agency employee emailed to U.S. Right to Know, a non-profit group that campaigns for a transparent food system."

First European Vertical Farm to Open in Holland | AgroNews

“Soon, the lettuce in your salad may come from a so-called vertical farm. Vertical farming, growing fruit and vegetables in tall buildings without daylight, is on the rise around the globe. This year, the Dutch town Dronten will be home to the first European vertical farm. Staay Food Group is building a nine-story-building, in which their company Fresh Care Convenience will cultivate various types of lettuce.”

Knoa Helps GROWMARK Boost Performance and Adoption With SAP® UEM and SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud | AgroNews

“Knoa Software, a leading provider of user experience management (UEM) software, recently announced that GROWMARK, Inc., a regional agricultural cooperative spanning more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada, is utilizing SAP® User Experience Management (SAP UEM) by Knoa to optimize employee interactions with applications deployed in SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud, SAP’s comprehensive private managed cloud offering. GROWMARK is using SAP UEM analytics to increase user adoption and improve performance of its applications.”

Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal, Doubles Number of Certified Conservation Sites | AgroNews

"Monsanto Company announced recently that it has reached key milestones in protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, two major components of its biodiversity strategy. Companies have a responsibility to protect and preserve biodiversity. Not only is it necessary to sustain life, provide habitat for wildlife, address climate change and protect waterways, biodiversity is also critical to agriculture and the ability to discover and develop new products for farmers.

In fiscal year 2016, Monsanto established 72 habitats at company sites across the U.S. for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. The company also doubled the number of its sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), going from 15 to 31 over the last year. As part of WHC’s Conservation Certification program, these certifications are built on the best practices of global recognition programs that implement meaningful wildlife habitat management and conservation education programs."

Policing Organic | The Packer

"Unless you’ve been asleep for the past 20-plus years, you know organic fruits and vegetables are big business.

More than a quarter of shoppers typically buy organic produce in a given year, according to The Packer’s Fresh Trends survey.

Where there’s money to made, it’s no surprise some operators may try to nab the premium organics fetch without paying the price of certifying their operations by the book.

For some, the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal is worth ripping off despite possible legal repurcussions."

Sat Nav for Bread Wheat Uncovers Hidden Genes: Most Comprehensive Analysis Yet Will Enhance Food Security – ScienceDaily

“Over two billion people worldwide rely on wheat as a staple food, but attempts to sequence its genome have been thwarted by its complexity. Scientists have now developed new methods, creating the most complete picture to date including over 20,000 genes completely absent from earlier assemblies or found only as fragments. The methods and results have been made freely available for other researchers and breeders to use.”

Scientists Discover Gene That Influences Grain Yield – ScienceDaily

“A gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops has been discovered by a team of scientists.”

Trump Vows to Back U.S. Dairy Farmers in Canada Trade Spat | WP

"April 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump promised on Tuesday to defend American dairy farmers who say they have been hurt by Canada’s protectionist trade practices, during a visit to the cheese-making state of Wisconsin.

Canada’s dairy sector is protected by high tariffs on imported products and controls on domestic production as a means of supporting prices that farmers receive. It is frequently criticized by other dairy-producing countries.

“We’re also going to stand up for our dairy farmers,” Trump said in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “Because in Canada some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others.”

Trump did not go into detail about his concerns, but promised his administration would call the Canadian government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and demand an explanation."

Uncovering How Plants Detect and Defeat Parasitic Worms | Top Crop Manager

"Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers at Bonn University, together with collaborators from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against the invaders. This discovery will help to develop crop plants that feature enhanced protection against this type of parasites. The work is published in the current issue of PLoS Pathogens.

Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic worms that parasitize their host plants to withdraw water and nutrients. The feeding process seriously damages the host plant. Nematode infection distorts root and shoot structure, compromises the plant´s ability to absorb nutrients from soil, and eventually reduces crop yield. Yearly losses exceed ten percent in important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana. In addition to causing direct damage, nematode infection also provides an opportunity for other pathogens to invade and attack the host plants.

Until now, near to nothing was known about the general innate immune response of plants against nematodes. A team of researchers at the University of Bonn, in cooperation with scientists from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, has now identified a gene in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), called NILR1, that helps plants sense nematodes. “The NILR1 is the genetic code for a receptor protein that is localized to the surface of plant cells and is able to bind and recognize other molecules,” says Prof. Florian Grundler, chair at the Department of Molecular Phytomedicine at the University of Bonn. “NILR1 most probably recognizes a molecule from nematodes, upon which, it becomes activated and immune responses of plants are unleashed.”"

Weak Loonie, Slow Seeding Lift Canola Futures | WP

"Canola rose again on Wednesday and this time new crop contracts also gained ground.

Old crop has been rising on expectations of tight year end stocks. Today there was a little concern about weather-delayed spring field work. Cloudy weather is not helping to dry fields and some light rain is in the forecast for parts of the Prairies.

Canola was also supported by rising soybeans and soy oil as well as a weaker loonie, which fell about a half cent.

The Canadian market is also preparing for the Statistics Canada seeding intentions report Friday morning.


Soybeans bounced a little higher after two days of losses.

Corn was mostly unchanged and wheat was down a little as recent rains have inproved the conditions of the U.S. winter wheat crop."

Gr8WN CPC – Crops – Sunday April 23, 2017

Brandt’s COO Tim McArdle Named Chairman of Agricultural Retailers Association|AgroNews

"BRANDT,, EVP and Chief Operating Officer Tim McArdle has been named chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) during a December 1 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla.

McArdle has served as the General Manager of the BRANDT Retail Ag division for 15 years. McArdle received the gavel from Harold Cooper, CEO of Premier Ag Co-Op, and will serve a one-year term.

“I’m incredibly humbled to take on this role and I look forward to working with ARA to provide leadership for our industry,” said McArdle in accepting the gavel. “I see my job as helping our industry maintain our freedom to operate in a highly regulated environment.” "

Canadian Plantings to Sink Friday Trade? |

Apr 21, 2017

"Soybeans pointed higher going into the morning break while corn and wheat were hovering around the unchanged mark. However, the release of Canada’s plantings for 2017 was weighing on the market heading into the break.

USDA reported the sale of 146,000 MT of soybeans to unknown destinations for 2016/17

This morning Stats Canada released their acreage forecasts for wheat and canola. For wheat, they expected Canadian farmers to plant 23.18 million acres, nearly unchanged from 23.21 last year. For Canola they peg plantings at 22.4 million acres vs 20.4 last year. Both numbers were higher than analyst expectations going into the report."

Canola, Soybean Acres Surge in StatsCan Seeding Estimate | WP

"Somewhere, somehow, farmers have found more than two million extra acres for the 2017 crop production season, according to Statistics Canada.

That will allow farmers to boost canola acres to a stunning 22.4 million, expand Manitoba soybean acres to 2.2 million, let oat acres jump 20.6 percent to 3.4 million — all while allowing them to keep all-wheat acres stable at 23.2 million.

It’s a puzzling situation for analysts because it doesn’t seem like a year when all crops will be big moneymakers."

Cover Crops Good for Climate Change, Too | Top Crop Manager

"Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.

Cover crops comparable to no-till
Climate-change mitigation and adaptation may be additional, important ecosystem services provided by cover crops, said Jason Kaye, professor of soil biogeochemistry in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. He suggested that the climate-change mitigation potential of cover crops is significant, comparable to other practices, such as no-till.

“Many people have been promoting no-till as a climate-mitigation tool, so finding that cover crops are comparable to no-till means there is another valuable tool in the toolbox for agricultural climate mitigation,” he said."

Growing Canada’s Emerging Sweet Potato Industry | Ag Innovation Ontario

"Vineland – Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. And now work is underway to ensure Canadian farmers can also access sweet potato cuttings – called slips – right here at home.

To help meet booming Canadian demand for sweet potatoes, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is developing new varieties that grow well in Canada’s cooler climate and shorter growing season."

Huge Canaryseed Carryover Creates ‘Wishy Washy’ Outlook | WP

"The canaryseed market outlook can be summed up in one word — blah.

Exports have been lacklustre, supply is much bigger than the official numbers suggest and the price outlook is dismal, say analysts.

David Nobbs, managing partner of CanPulse Foods, doesn’t see prices improving from today’s values of 20 cents per pound delivered and 19 cents for new crop.

“Some people are saying, ‘when you get to 25 cents, give us a call.’ It just doesn’t feel that is even remotely in the pipeline,” he said.

Part of the problem is the chronic under-reporting of supply by Statistics Canada.

“The issue is the hidden inventory,” said Nobbs.

Statistics Canada reports 5,000 tonnes of carryout from the 2015–16 crop. CanPulse was sitting on 4,000 tonnes of carryout itself.

Nobbs believes the real number is closer to 75,000 tonnes.

The production estimate is also low. Statistics Canada says growers harvested 120,000 tonnes of the crop last year based on average yields of 1,320 pounds per acre or 26.4 bu. an acre. Nobbs believes the real number is around 150,000 tonnes.

That would put total supply at 225,000 tonnes, which is 100,000 tonnes higher than Statistics Canada’s supply estimate."

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Need Nitrogen? Fababeans an Excellent Choice in Rotations – The Western Producer

"Organic farmers who are looking for the biggest nitrogen gain from adding a pulse to their rotation might want to consider fababeans.

Saskatchewan provincial special crops specialist Dale Risula told a recent workshop for organic producers that while all pulses fix nitrogen, fababeans are at the top of the list, followed by peas, soybeans, lentils and chickpeas.

Adding a pulse to rotations can help break disease cycles while improving the soil.

At the same time, disease in pulses because of wet conditions the last few years is a problem. Aphanomyces root rot is a particular concern.

“Other than pea and lentil, which are both susceptible, you might want to start thinking about something like chickpea or fababean, which are both resistant, and soybean, which is a non-host to aphanomyces,” Risula said.

New Potato Protection Products Available in Canada for 2016 | PotatoPro

"BASF’s Forum was expected to be registered in January 2016, says Scott Hodgins, manager for BASF Canada in Mississauga, Ontario. Forum is composed of an active ingredient already used in the fungicide Zampro SC — dimethomorph, from the chemical Group 45.

Forum’s mode of action makes it a highly systemic fungicide for the control of late blight in potato and other vegetable crops. Its antisporulating activity kills Phytophthora infestans, the spores of the late blight fungus, and protects the crop right at the beginning of infection. "

Normal Monsoon Forecast in India: Experts See 10% Divergence to Short Duration Crops |AgroNews

"Farmers are bracing up for short duration crops even as India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued a forecast of normal monsoon with reducing possibility of El Niño.

The national weather forecasting body said that the chances of development of El Niño have gone down from over 50 per cent to 30 per cent in the past few months.

“A 5–10 per cent diversion in favour of short duration crops is possible as farmers mitigate risk of crop damage. However, farmers with limited alternatives will continue with regular crops,” said MK Dhanuka, managing director, Dhanuka Agritech."

Philippine Researchers to Develop Biocontrol Agents Against Cacao Pests and Diseases |AgroNews

"The Philippines’ strategic location and favorable soil and climatic conditions make the country suitable for planting cacao. The current estimate of cacao produced in the country is 12,000 metric tons (MT). According to the Philippine Cacao Road Map developed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines, Inc., it is projected that the Philippines has the potential to produce 100,000 MT by 2020.

In 2015, the International Cocoa Organization estimated a 30 to 40% loss in cacao production due to insect pests and diseases. In the Philippines, the pod borer and mirid bug are the more serious ones among the pests of cacao. To address the prevalence of these pests, the De La Salle University (DLSU) spearheaded the study to explore, identify, mass rear, and release biological control agents against cacao pod borer (CPB) and cacao mirid bug (CMB). CPB feeds on the cacao bean pulp and the pod’s placenta, causing malformed and undersized beans. Severe infestation results in small flat and stuck together beans; yellowing, uneven or premature ripening of pods."

The Daily — Principal Field Crop Areas, March 2017

Principal field crop areas, March 2017

"Canadian farmers expect to plant more canola, soybeans and oats in 2017, but fewer acres of durum wheat and lentils, crops that were both at high levels in 2016.


Nationally, farmers reported intending to seed 23.2 million acres of all varieties of wheat in 2017, relatively unchanged from the area seeded in 2016. Western producers, accounting for 95% of this acreage, are expecting only a slight increase of 0.4% overall, to 22.0 million acres.

Alberta anticipates wheat acreage to be up 10.0% to 7.4 million acres, a possible record high, but less area is expected to be dedicated to durum, down 8.5% to 1.1 million acres.

Saskatchewan farmers expect wheat area to decrease 2.7% to 11.8 million acres. This is due to an 18.8% drop in acres intended for durum wheat, to an anticipated area of 4.1 million acres.

Farmers in Manitoba intend to plant 2.7 million acres of wheat, down 9.0% from 2016.


Canadian farmers are expecting to seed more canola in 2017, up to a potential record-high 22.4 million acres (+9.9%).

In Saskatchewan, the largest canola-producing province, farmers anticipate seeding 12.3 million acres (+10.6%) in 2017, compared with 11.1 million acres in 2016. Farmers in Alberta also expect an increase in canola acreage, up to 6.8 million acres, a rise of 14.6% over 2016. These could represent record-high areas for both Saskatchewan and Alberta. Manitoba producers, though, expect a slight decrease, as farmers anticipate seeding 3.1 million acres of canola, down 1.7% from 2016.


At the national level, farmers intend to seed a record 7.0 million acres of soybeans, up 27.2% from 2016.

Manitoba is showing the largest expected increase in area, up 34.6% to 2.2 million acres, another potential record high for this province. Ontario farmers anticipate seeding 3.0 million acres, a rise of 11.4% over 2016, while Quebec’s acreage is expected to grow to a possible record high of 926,600 acres, up 15.4% over 2016.

Barley and oats
Canadian farmers across almost all provinces report that they intend to seed less barley in 2017 (–8.0%), driving down acreage to 5.9 million acres nationally.

On the other hand, areas seeded to oats are expected to rise in most provinces (+20.6% over 2016), to 3.4 million acres. The only exception where a potential drop is foreseen is Alberta, where farmers plan to seed 690,000 acres to the crop, a 4.2% decrease compared with 2016.

Corn for grain

At the national level, corn for grain acreage is anticipated to rise to 3.8 million acres, an increase of 12.8% over 2016. Provincially, farmers in Ontario expect a 9.6% increase to 2.2 million acres. Quebec farmers reported a similar increase (+9.7%) to 976,100 acres, while producers in Manitoba anticipate seeding 475,000 acres of corn for grain in 2017 (+37.7%)."

2015 2016 20171p 2015 to 2016 2016 to 2017
thousands of acres thousands of acres thousands of acres % change % change
Total wheat (including winter wheat remaining)2 24,111 23,212 23,182 –3.7 –0.1
Durum wheat 5,820 6,190 5,145 6.4 –16.9
Spring wheat 17,013 15,404 16,664 –9.5 8.2
Winter wheat3 1,278 1,618 1,373 26.6 –15.2
Barley 6,527 6,390 5,880 –2.1 –8.0
Canary seed 325 260 270 –20.0 3.8
Canola 20,665 20,367 22,387 –1.4 9.9
Chick peas 115 160 140 39.1 –12.5
Corn for grain 3,275 3,325 3,751 1.5 12.8
Dry beans 260 277 260 6.5 –6.1
Dry field peas 3,680 4,239 3,989 15.2 –5.9
Fall rye³ 259 329 252 27.1 –23.3
Flaxseed 1,640 935 1,115 –43.0 19.3
Lentils 4,035 5,860 4,385 45.2 –25.2
Mustard seed 345 525 390 52.2 –25.7
Oats 3,337 2,834 3,419 –15.1 20.6
Soybeans 5,441 5,467 6,956 0.5 27.2
Summerfallow 2,560 1,990 1,765 –22.3 –11.3
Sunflower seed 100 70 50 –30.0 –28.6
p – preliminary
The estimates in this table have been rounded to the nearest thousand. The percentage changes reflect the unrounded estimates, which are available in CANSIM.
Wheat types may not add up to total wheat as a result of rounding.
CANSIM table 001–0017.

Spring Harvested Canola Unlikely to Be Food Quality – The Western Producer

"Plenty of canola from the 2016crop remains to be harvested but not much will be food worthy, says an analyst.

Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing, believes 1.3 million acres are left in fields across Western Canada.

He estimates 20 percent of what remains is still standing and the remainder is in swaths.

“Anything that’s standing is half the yield it was last fall,” said Squair.

Crop in the swath has 75 percent of last fall’s yield potential but the quality is dismal with plenty of heated, mouldy and otherwise damaged canola. The Easter weekend of snow and rain added to the misery."

Zasso Group: Focus on Electroherb technology | AgroNews

“Zasso Group specializes in key weed and invasive plant control technologies by using high-voltage electric power, recently rolled out new corporate video on its advanced Digital Herbicide solutions. Accordingly, AgroPages has recently had a micro interview with Dirk Vandenhirtz CEO of the Zasso Group, who shared his viewpoints on the company’s team background, Electroherb solutions’ application & launch situation and its global promotion plans etc.”

Gr8WN CPC – Markets – Sunday April 23, 2017

Brazil’s Sugar Production to Ease Slightly, as Cane Area Falls | Agrimoney

"Sugar production in Brazil’s Centre South cane belt will ease slightly this season, as falling area in the top growing state of Sao Paulo outweighs a shift toward sugar, and away ethanol, officials said.

In its first forecast for the 2017–18 season, the Brazilian crop supply agency Conab forecast cane production in the Centre South to fall by 2.4%, to 598m tonnes.

“Even taking into account better climatic conditions, the fall in planted area in the main Centre South producing states will result in a smaller cane production,” Conab said."

Canola Finishes Week Strong With May at $500 a Tonne | WP

"May canola settled right at the $500 a tonne mark on Thursday, garnering support from rising soybeans, a weaker loonie and a rolling of short positions into the July contract.

Tightening canola old crop supplies should keep a floor under canola prices.

The May contract closed at $500, up $10.90 from the close the previous Friday. New crop November closed at $484.30, up $3.80 from the previous week.


Good Friday and Saturday should see rain and snow in many parts of the north and central Prairie grain belt but southern areas will likely see only small amounts.

Lower temperatures will accompany the system.

In the U.S. farmers are watching forecasts for rain next week with accumulations of two to five inches in some areas of the Midwest. Planting progress will stall in wet areas."

April 13, 2017

Cyclone Damage Dashes Hopes of Rising Aussie Sugar Production

"Cyclone damage has dashed hopes for growing Australian sugar production, with fears that flooded cane will rot before it can be harvested.

The US Department of Agriculture’s bureau in Canberra forecast sugar production in Australia to fall by 300,000 tonnes year-on-year, to 4.80m tonnes, “due to the recent impact of tropical cyclone Debbie on north Queensland growing areas”.

“Production had been expected to increase, as the area of production for sugar cane is forecast at 410,000 hectares in 2017–18 in response to higher world prices,” the bureau said.

With consumption stable, exports are also seen falling by 300,000 tonnes, to 3.70m tonnes."

Dairy Prices Bounce on Ideas of Waterlogged NZ Pasture | Agrimoney

"Milk prices at the GlobalDairyTrade auction bounced back, as concerns about waterlogged pasture in New Zealand encouraged buying.

The GlobalDairyTrade index, which is based on prices at auctions held by New Zealand dairy cooperative, rose by 3.1% from the last even held two weeks ago, and is now at its highest level since mid-February.

Prices are being supported by ideas that a spate of hurricanes in New Zealand, the world’s top dairy exporter, would reduce the availability of pasture and slow production."

Margin Minute: Avoid These Planting Mistakes |

"Always plant corn and soybeans based on your soil and environmental conditions, not your emotions. Too many farmers time their decisions around arbitrary dates, and that can be an expensive mistake, says Chris Barron, an Iowa producer with Ag View Solutions.

“We don’t want the calendar to dictate a lot of the things we’re thinking through,” Barron explains. “Don’t let that cause us to go out and do some things in terms of conditions that might be costly.”

Markets, Quotes and Charts Link | WP

Soybeans and Corn Staging a Modest Recovery |

"Soybeans and corn were trying to stage a modest recovery heading into the morning break while wheat continued to lifelessly drift lower. In outside markets, equity futures and the US Dollar were in positive territory, trying to reverse recent losses.

China will work off its corn stockpile in the next three to five years, said an executive at one of the country’s top corn processing firms on Wednesday, as firms ramp up processing capacity to use up the old stocks of grain. With 250 MMT of corn stocks or roughly a year’s worth of use, processors there are expected to ramp up capacity to 70 MMT a year by the end of 2018, up from more than 50 MMT currently. "

Spring Wheat, Canola Prices Slump on Big Canadian Sowings | Agrimoney

"Spring wheat and canola prices came under pressure, as the Canadian government reported larger than expected sowings.

According to a survey of farmers by Statistics Canada, all-wheat sowings are forecast at 23.2m acres, basically flat with last year, where analysts were expecting sowings to fall around 22.4m acres.

July Spring wheat futures in Minneapolis were down 0.8% in morning deals, at $5.31 ½ a bushel."

StatsCan Seeding Intentions: Canola and Soybean Area Increase, Less Durum | WP

"Canadian farmers intend to plant their biggest-ever canola area, exceeding trade expectations, and trim wheat sowings, according to Statistics Canada’s first report on seeding for the year, released on Friday.

The report turned ICE Canada November canola futures negative, dipping 0.4 percent after the report. Canola plantings looked set to reach 22.4 million acres, up 10 percent from last year, and surpassing the average trade estimate of 21.3 million acres.

“There’s going to be a lot more canola,” said Shaun Wildman, a Saskatchewan farmer and independent futures trader. “(Forecast acreage) is a little higher than I expected, but I don’t think it’s completely realistic. The price signals are there.”

Farmers sowing more canola are likely pulling back on acreage of lentils, barley and durum, he said. Statscan reported that farmers intend to plant much less of those crops."

Stuck in The Winter of the Market |

“We have finally reached the end of a rather dismal week for the grain and soy markets and it is one that cannot wrap up any too soon. If we were to close right now, nearby corn would be down 14-cents, beans just over 5-cents and finally wheat, which is just over 20-cents lower for the week and actually poked in a slightly lower contract low this morning for July futures. If I did not know better, I would suggest that the remaining longs in wheat decided to end it all yesterday and passed around a cup of hemlock. ”

US Dollar Index Continues Its Retreat |

"Corn and wheat tried to reverse course overnight following Monday’s slide while soybeans moved lower. In outside markets, the US Dollar Index continued to retreat, falling below the psychological 100-mark .

On Monday, NOPA crush figure for March failed to meet expectations for the 2nd month in a row with 153 MB of soybeans processed for the month vs expectations that averaged 156. Year-to-date crushings for the seven months of the marketing year are up 1.8% from the same period last year, while USDA expects a 2.8% bump in annual crush in the balance sheet.

After the close on Monday, USDA’s crop progress report showed only 6% of the corn crop had been planted. Although up from last week’s reading of 3%, it was still below the 8% mark expected by analysts and 12% for the same week last year. For winter wheat, US crop conditions inched higher to 54% good-to-excellent, up from 53% last week but below 57% last year. Of the winter wheat states, OK was notable in its decline in ratings to 43% from 45% last week. "

WEEKLY WRAP: May Canola Rises $25.90 on Week as Farmer Look for Warmer Weather | WP

"Canola closed little changed on Friday even though the Statistics Canada seeding intentions report was somewhat bearish for the oilseed.

It was generally a neutral day in the grain markets and the Canadian dollar was a little lower.

StatsCan said canola area would rise 10 percent to a record 22.39 million acres.

Analysts were surprised by an increase in spring wheat area, up eight percent at 16.66 million. They expected a slight decline.

The decline in durum was expected. It fell 17 percent to 5.15 million acres.

There was huge increase in soybean area in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, bringing the national total to almost seven million acres, an increase of 27 percent.

Lentils were down 25 percent and peas down six percent.

May canola closed up $6.30 at 525.90.

New crop November closed down $1.60 at $492.10."

Wet Conditions Set 2017 Planting Start Behind | Corn & Soybean Digest

"The crop progress report released April 17, shows planting is behind due to wet conditions. With six percent of total corn acres planted by April16, progress fell three percentage points short of the five-year average and six percentage points behind the same date in 2016.

In 2016, Texas led the way with 49 percent of the planting completed and North Carolina had 42 percent completed. Kansas and Tennessee had about a third completed.

This year, Texas has 60 percent completed. However, most other states are below where they were last year. North Carolina only has 32 percent completed, Tennessee has 24 percent planted; Kentucky has 19 percent; Missouri has 17 percent; and Kansas has 9 percent completed."

While Bulls and Bears Battle, Will Fundamentals Take Over? | Corn & Soybean Digest

"Soybean bears are talking about weak export inspections and a somewhat disappointing monthly NOPA crush report. The data showed just over 153 million bushels crushed during March which compares to 156.69 million bushels crushed in March of 2016. Soyoil stocks were slightly higher than the trade was expecting at 1.815 billion pounds, this is the fourth month in a row soy oil stocks have moved high, but we’re still lower than last years 1.858 billion pounds.

A positive out of the NOPA data was meal exports being over +1.0 million tons and the largest monthly total since 2013. Bottom-line however is “demand” seems to be non-event. The trade seems much more focused on the record crop being harvested in South America and the record acres set to be planted here in the U.S."

Gr8WN CPC – Crop Protection Canada – Sunday April 23, 2017

Advisory Bodies – Pesticides and Pest Management – Health Canada

It seems as thought the Economic Management Advisory Committee and the Pest Management Advisory Council are still active at PMRA. It also looks as if there has been a new Lindane Board of Review set up.

Agrochemicals – Using Particle Sizing to Develop Green Pesticides | AgroNews

Formulation 101.

Analysis of Mycogold Seed Treatment on Corn | AgroNews

“The purpose of this study was to determine if the seed treatment “Mycogold” had an effect on yield in corn. Mycogold is marketed as a biological inoculant featuring mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizae are fungi that form a symbiotic or mutually beneficial relationship with plant roots. The mycorrhizae increase plant root surface area, acting as an extension of the plant root, helping the root absorb water and nutrients. In return, the mycorrhizae take in carbon compounds exuded from the roots as a food source.”

Andermatt’s Biopesticide Bb-Protec Granted Emergency Registration in South Africa | AgroNews

“Plant Health Products, the South African subsidiary of Andermatt Biocontrol, has obtained an emergency registration in South Africa for Eco-Bb (=Bb-Protec) to be used for the management of Fall Armyworm (FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda), in response to a request from the South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).”

Bayer Launches New Fungicide Seed Treatment Scenic in Chile | AgroNews

"Bayer Chile has presented Scenic—its new cutting-edge product for fungicide seed treatment of cereals.

Following the motto, “Protect your effort with innovation and technology,” the Germany company had invited 300 farmers, advisers, seeders and distributors to the Municipal Theater of Temuco.

Scenic is a new fungicide with systemic action, based on three active ingredients: fluoxastrobin, prothioconazole and tebuconazole. The components allow a wide spectrum control for combating diseases, such as Septoria, Oidios and Rhynchosporium secalis, which affect wheat and other cereals. "

Bio Huma Netics and Mesa Verde Resources form strategic alliance | AgroNews

"Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro®, Huma Gro® Turf, and Probiotic Solutions®brands—has recently formed an alliance with Reid Enterprises LLC, which does business as Mesa Verde Resources in New Mexico. Mesa Verde Resources is a humic substance mining company that produces, manufactures, and sells humic-acid and fulvic-acid products.

Other than access to a greater range of products, customers from the two companies should see no change in day-to-day operations. There will be no immediate change in personnel at either company, and the two companies will continue to operate separately under separate names for the immediate future."

Canada PMRA Extended Consultation Period for Imidacloprid Re-Evaluation | AgroNews

“The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has extended the consultation period for the re-evaluation of imidacloprid from February 21, 2017 to March 23, 2017 to allow more comments and suggestions from interested parties.”

PMRA has a workload that could choke a horse. Major products are being suggested for retirement with no replacements in site.

Dow AgroSciences: Flexibility Key When Planning Effective Herbicide Treatment Programs in Rice | AgroNews

"For rice growers formulating weed control plans, flexibility is crucial when choosing herbicide solutions. Being prepared to adjust to changing conditions is critical — a scenario the rice industry experienced to extremes last year.

“It’s essential to start the season strong,” says Jeff Ellis, Ph.D., field scientist, Dow AgroSciences. “A clean rice field early in the season helps improve both rice quality and yield.”

Apply herbicides when weeds are small and manageable, Ellis advises. Large weeds push products to the limit and can lead to inconsistent control, especially under unfavorable conditions. Choosing herbicides that provide flexibility and broad-spectrum weed control will help keep rice fields clean and improve crop quality."

Yangnong Chemical’s Business Income in 2016 Registers 6 Percent Drop, 20,000-Ton Dicamba Project to Be Commissioned in First Half of 2017 | AgroNews

"On Apr 11, Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical announced its 2016 annual report. During the report period, the company had recorded a business income of 2.93 billion yuan, 5.95 percent down year-on-year. The net profit attributable to equity holders was 439 million yuan, 3.5 percent down year-on-year.

The 2016 pesticide market experienced, in general, a downturn, which led to greater pressure on the business performance of the company. The hygienic pyrethroid sales of the company in 2016 had dropped quite noticeably by 9.8 percent.

In 2016, the pesticide sales of Yangnong Chemical had risen by 5.2 percent, wherein the herbicide business generated an income of 1.03 billion yuan, 15.2 percent down year-on-year, mainly due to a proportionate fall in the prices of glyphosate and dicamba. The company’s direct exports in 2016 were worth 1.818 billion yuan, a year-on-year drop of 7.7 percent."

FMC Promoted Nematodes Command Tour for Sugarcane Producers | AgroNews

"FMC Agricultural Solutions aims to discuss the incidence of nematodes in sugarcane in Brazil and launched the Nematodes Command Tour from April 11 to 19 in municipalities of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo.

Farmers and cooperatives from these regions have received technical lectures, learnt about FMC’s history in nematodes control and results of the sugarcane crop for the 2015–2016 year.

Days in the field are held in properties that use the nematicide Marshal Star (carbosulfan) and the bionematicide Quartzo (Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis) for the participants to see the characteristics and benefits of FMC solutions."

Forage Genetics International Files Suit Against Alforex Seeds | AgroNews

"Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI), a leading global forage technology company, filed suit today in U.S. District Court against Alforex Seeds, LLC, alleging that Alforex makes false and misleading claims in its advertising and promotional materials in violation of federal and state law.

The suit alleges that Indiana-based Alforex promotes its Hi-Gest® alfalfa as a low-lignin variety that is comparable or superior to FGI’s HarvXtra® alfalfa reduced-lignin trait, when in fact it is only comparable to conventional alfalfa varieties already on the market. "

"France will stop importing cherries from countries that use insecticide dimethoate after banning the chemical due to concerns over consumer health risks, the French agriculture ministry said.

At a meeting of European Union country representatives on last Friday, Italy and Spain said they would also withdraw dimethoate from their markets, but France said it would still move to prevent the import of cherries from countries that continued to allow the pesticide, used against fruit fly."

Indian ‘Fake’ Pesticide Makers Misuse Legal Loopholes | AgroNews

"A recent report of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) suggesting that ‘fake’ pesticides could account for 10.6 million tonnes of lost production, besides causing immutable damage to soil fertility, environment and various forms of life has stirred the conscience of an agriculture economy as big as India. The report further warns about the consequent rejection of Indian export of agriculture produce which could cost the country another US$28 billion. The report has ignited a debate about the lack of a robust mechanism to curb the menace of manufacturing and selling sub-standard, spurious and counterfeit pesticides in the country.

The India’s use of pesticides is whopping 76 per cent as against the world average of 44 per cent. However, the use in agriculture is less than 350 gram a hectare as against the world average of 500 gram. Surprisingly, 51 per cent of India’s food commodities are generally contaminated with pesticide residues, out of which 20 per cent has pesticide residues above the permissible level, which exposes the human race to irreversible neurological disorders, cancer and premature deaths and infestation of environment."

This needs to be fixed – and the situation on the pharmacy side in India is more dire.

Long-Term Trends in the Intensity and Relative Toxicity of Herbicide Use | AgroNews

"Herbicide use is among the most criticized aspects of modern farming, especially as it relates to genetically engineered (GE) crops. Many previous analyses have used flawed metrics to evaluate herbicide intensity and toxicity trends.

“Here, I show that herbicide use intensity increased over the last 25 years in maize, cotton, rice and wheat. Although GE crops have been previously implicated in increasing herbicide use, herbicide increases were more rapid in non-GE crops,” highlighted Andrew Kniss, weed scientist at University of Wyoming in this recently published paper.”

New EU Independent Herbicide Glyphosate Study Shows No Toxic Effects or Genetic Changes | AgroNews

"Results of a new animal study into possible health risks of the weedkiller glyphosate will be published in time to inform a key EU re-licensing vote due by the end of 2017, according to the researcher leading the trial.

A row over possible effects of glyphosate – an ingredient in Monsanto’s big-selling herbicide Roundup – has prompted investigations by congressional committees in the United States and forced a delay in Europe to a decision on whether it should be banned or re-licensed for sale."

New Selection Method Allows for Rapid Development of Improved Maize Varieties | AgroNews

"Marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS) is helping maize breeders develop higher yielding and drought-tolerant improved varieties faster than ever before, according to a recent study from scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

“With conventional breeding, it often takes up to 7–8 years for varieties to reach farmers,” said Yoseph Beyene, a CIMMYT maize breeder working with the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) and one of the authors of the study. “With MARS, those varieties take only 5 years to reach farmers, and display greater genetic gain, even under drought conditions”"

New UN Guidelines to Make International Trade in Plants and Seeds Safer | AgroNews

"A United Nations commission overseeing plant health has adopted a new global standard to ensure that international trade in plants and seeds – vital to feed the world’s population – is free from agricultural pests and disease-causing bugs.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the threat of transmission of pests – unwanted stowaways – on ships and containers transporting agricultural cargo, especially seeds, is a growing concern around the world.

“Unlike other agricultural products that are destined for consumption, such as wheat, barley or lentils, seeds are a cause for greater concern,” said the UN agency in a news release."

I’m not sure about the word ‘safer’ in the title, but certainly more profitable.

Opposition Asks Spanish Govt to Speed Up Agrochemical Registration | AgroNews

“Agriculture spokesperson of Spanish Socialist Party in the Senate Elena Víboras has demanded that the government “speed up, recognize and simplify the procedures for registration of agrochemical products with the goal to help the economy of the country and improve the competitiveness of farmers.””

It’s nice to know that Canadian growers are not the only one with registration issues.

Organics Board Listens to Pro, Anti-Hydroponic Arguments | The Packer

"Several groups presented positions about hydroponics as an organic growing method at the National Organics Standards Board meeting in Denver, but there will not be a vote to send a recommendation forward this session.

The NOSB’s three-day spring meeting ends April 21, and it is likely a recommendation will be made on the issue, but no formal vote."

Canadian organic growers cannot use hydroponics in the greenhouse. US growers have been able to up until now.

Post-Patent Outlook | AgriBusiness Global

“Editor’s note: This analysis is an excerpt from Enigma Marketing Research’s latest report, “What Happens to the Market After an Agrochemical Patent Expires?”, which analyzes the extent to which the generic sector has penetrated markets following AI patent expirations. The report examines post-patent defense strategies and identifies opportunities for product development and market access. For more detailed information, visit or contact the author at”

A very good analysis of the generic product development game from an EU perspective.

Researchers Deciphered Plant Immunity Against Nematodes | AgroNews

"Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers at Bonn University, together with collaborators from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against the invaders. This discovery will help to develop crop plants that feature enhanced protection against this type of parasites. The work is published in the current issue of PLoS Pathogens.

Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic worms that parasitize their host plants to withdraw water and nutrients. The feeding process seriously damages the host plant. Nematode infection distorts root and shoot structure, compromises the plant´s ability to absorb nutrients from soil, and eventually reduces crop yield. Yearly losses exceed ten percent in important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana. In addition to causing direct damage, nematode infection also provides an opportunity for other pathogens to invade and attack the host plants.

Until now, near to nothing was known about the general innate immune response of plants against nematodes. A team of researchers at the University of Bonn, in cooperation with scientists from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, has now identified a gene in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), called NILR1, that helps plants sense nematodes. “The NILR1 is the genetic code for a receptor protein that is localized to the surface of plant cells and is able to bind and recognize other molecules,” says Prof. Florian Grundler, chair at the Department of Molecular Phytomedicine at the University of Bonn. “NILR1 most probably recognizes a molecule from nematodes, upon which, it becomes activated and immune responses of plants are unleashed.”

Shandong Cynda Chemical IPO approved in China | AgroNews

"The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Shandong Cynda Chemical was approved recently by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

The IPO application was submitted for the first time in 2014; there have been some frustrations and setbacks during the application process, but eventually Shandong Cynda Chemical got its access to the capital market.

Shandong Cynda Chemical specializes in herbicide research, production and marketing. Its herbicide products include Clethodim technical and formulations, Clomazone technical and formulations, Imazethapyr technical and formulations, as well as Imazapyr technical and formulations."

Smart Farming Seeks Role in Post–2020 CAP in EU | AgroNews

"Precision farming could play a leading role in making EU agriculture more sustainable. But green NGOs claim that the concentration of food production in the hands of the agri-food industry will have catastrophic consequences.

EU lawmakers have already launched the consultation for the CAP after 2020.

Smart farming takes centre stage in the discussion, but the precise regime under which it will be included in the post–2020 CAP still divides stakeholders."

Syngenta Launches Paddy Fungicide Coratop® Mametsubu® in Japan | AgroNews

"Syngenta Japan has launched sale of its paddy fungicide Coratop® Mametsubu® (pyroquilon) in March.

The company had received registration approval for Coratop Mametsubu from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in January.

Coratop Mametsubu is a self-dispersing paddy fungicide that floats on water. The product was developed by combining Syngenta’s fungicidal active ingredient pyroquilon (Coratop®), which is highly effective for controlling the rice blast fungus, and the Kumiai Chemical Industry’s novel patent formulation technology ‘Mametsubu’. "

Two Big Agchem Mergers Near Completion | AgroNews

"Two of the three megamergers occurring in the agrochemicals industry are taking major steps toward completion. DuPont has struck a deal that satisfies European demands concerning its merger with Dow Chemical, and ChemChina has started divesting assets to satisfy regulators assessing its acquisition of Syngenta.

To win EU approval for its merger with Dow, DuPont will sell a large portion of its crop protection business to FMC. In return, DuPont will receive $1.6 billion and FMC’s health and nutrition business. The Dow-DuPont merger has not yet been approved by U.S. antitrust regulators."

Two US Organizations Seeks Public Records of Glyphosate | AgroNews

’The Center for Biological Diversity and U.S. Right to Know submitted Freedom of Information Act requests this week seeking public records to determine whether Monsanto inappropriately influenced the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial conclusion that glyphosate does not cause cancer.

The requests target communications between the EPA’s pesticide office and Monsanto employees regarding the agency’s cancer assessment of glyphosate , the main ingredient in Roundup and the most popular herbicide in the world. Additional public records are sought from the EPA’s office of research and development, which raised concerns about the pesticide program’s conclusions about glyphosate.

UK – Limagrain Arable and Forage Crop Plots Demonstrate an Integrated Approach | AgroNews

"In many arable farms today, alongside a need to choose arable crops that will deliver on farm in terms of both yield and quality, rotational and political pressures as well as sporting considerations have driven an increase in a whole range of forage, soil improvement, environmental and game cover crops.

Leading plant breeders Limagrain UK are a major player in all of these markets and for the first time at Cereals Arable Event 2017, Limagrain has combined both arable and forage crops to form an integrated stand, which includes crop plots on all of its leading arable varieties as well as crops for greening, EFA areas, nematode control and soil biofumigation.

Members of the Limagrain technical and breeding teams will be on hand for the two days of the event, to discuss how varieties for particular on-farm situations have the correct genetics behind them to protect yield and quality – be that to optimise OSR yields, grow a premium malting barley to spec, or look at the latest options for the new countryside stewardship scheme, featuring wild bird and pollinator habitat mixtures."

UPL Adds New Herbicide Products for the US Market | AgroNews

"UPI has added two new herbicides to its portfolio of high quality crop protection products for the U.S.

Moccasin is the first post-patent herbicide containing the active ingredient S-metolachlor (the same active found in Dual Magnum). Labeled for use on a wide spectrum of crops including soybeans, cotton, peanuts, and corn, and with multiple application timings, Moccasin is one of the most versatile soil-applied herbicides available.

Shutdown is a soil-applied, long-residual herbicide designed to be used alone or as an economical tank mix partner with a variety of pre-emergent herbicides in soybeans, sunflowers, tobacco and several vegetable crops. Shutdown contains sulfentrazone, one of the most commonly used active ingredients in U.S. agriculture, and has a higher active ingredient loading than similar products in the marketplace."

Xinnong Achieving 1,000-Ton Pyraclostrobin Technical Capacity | AgroNews

"Zhejiang Xinnong Chemical began its research and development of Pyraclostrobin from 2015, and obtained registration for its Pyraclostrobin technical from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in 2016 (registration No. PD20160316).

At present, Xinnong has achieved 1,000-ton Pyraclostrobin technical production capacity.

In order to meet the international market access requirement, the company has already completed the full set of Pyraclostrobin technical GLP reports in BIOAGRI Lab, Brazil, covering the five-batch analysis, physicochemical property, AMIS and Micronuclei, which enables the fulfillment of registration requirements in major market locations across the world."

Gr8WN CPC – US News – Sunday April 23, 2017

5 States That Grow the Most Organic Food Per Acre

State Organic Acres 2016
California 688,883
Montana 417,412
Wisconsin 255,971
New York 253,989
North Dakotah 186,193
Oregon 184,722
Colorado 161,309
Texas 160,775

"As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms in the U.S. reached 14,979, a 6.2 percent increase of 1,000 farms compared to 2014 survey data.

The Mercaris Organic Acreage Report found that the top five states in organic cropland are California, Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. California leads the U.S. with 688,000 acres. However, Montana has seen a 30 percent increase in organic farmland, reaching 417,000 acres in 2016, an increase of 100,000 acres since 2014 and adding 50 new organic farms.

The report also estimates that North Dakota, Colorado and New York all increased their organic farming acres by more than 40,000 since 2014. North Dakota has surpassed Oregon as the fifth leading state in organic acreage. Oregon is sixth followed by Colorado and Texas."

Corn States Nowhere Near 2016 Planting Pace | Successful Farming

"Every corn state besides Indiana is behind last year’s planting pace at this point, according to the USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report.

The state of Missouri, in particular, is lagging behind significantly at only 17% planted as of Easter Sunday. Last year, Missouri farmers had already planted 53% of the state’s crop. Farmers did use the above-average temperatures and 4.4 days that were suitable for fieldwork this week to their advantage, bumping Missouri corn planting up 12% in just a week. This week 1% of the state’s planted corn emerged, as well. "

High-Input Soybean Production: Soybean yield response to rhizobia inoculant, gypsum, manganese fertilizer, insecticide, and fungicide

"From 2000 to 2013, the average soybean commodity price in the United States increased almost 300%, from an average price of $4.35/bu to $14.07/bu (NASS, 2016). Consequently, the rise in commodity price generated interest among farmers in agricultural inputs to maximize soybean grain yield. Inputs must be cost effective and associated yield gains need to withstand fluctuations in commodity prices as those observed in 2016, when the average soybean price dropped to $7.50.

A study was conducted to evaluate five agronomic inputs: Rhizobia inoculant, pelletized gypsum, foliar manganese (Mn) fertilizer, foliar insecticide, and foliar fungicide. The study was conducted at 16 field trials in Ohio, nine of which were studied in 2013 and seven in 2014. Counties where the trial was established include Clark, Clinton, Delaware, Erie, Henry, Mercer, Preble, Sandusky, Wayne, and Wood."

Farm Progress America, April 17, 2017

“Max Armstrong talks about how the helping hands from outside of the prairie wildfire region offered help, and hope. Max shares insight from reports by Janell Aust who talked with folks impacted by the widespread fires. And he offers information about the kinds of help that was provided and shares some websites for listeners to visit.”

US: Penn State and Lincoln University collaborate on Mushroom Research

“Drs. Laura Ramos-Sepúlveda and Carolee Bull took their research to Lincoln University on Thursday, April 6, 2017, to complete the objectives of a Giorgio Fresh Co.-funded research project and introduce biology students to agricultural research and mushroom production.”

USDA Issues Report On Impact Of Ag Firms’ Mergers, Acquisitions |

"Agriculture in the United States uses less land, and far less labor, today than it did in the 1940s. Yet agricultural production grew by 169 percent between 1948 and 2013, with nearly all of it due to improvements in productivity. Biological, mechanical, chemical, and organizational innovations from both public and private sector investments in research and development (R&D) have largely driven this productivity growth.

Private-sector research has focused primarily on seeds, crop-protection chemicals, and farm machinery. A handful of global firms (known as the “Big Six”) dominate private-sector research on both seeds and crop-protection chemicals: BASF and Bayer, from Germany; the U.S. firms Dow Chemical, DuPont, and Monsanto; and the Swiss firm Syngenta.

Each firm combines pest control and seed businesses. Their pest control products consist primarily of chemical pesticides, but also include biological products and seed treatments. The seed businesses include sales of crop seeds, as well as genetically modified seed traits placed in their own seeds or licensed to other seed firms, and tools for genetic modification, which can also yield fees when licensed to other firms."

Vomitoxin Makes Nasty Appearance for U.S. Farm Sector | Dairy Herd Management

"A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been found in some U.S. corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices.

The plant toxin sickens livestock and can also make humans and pets fall ill.

The appearance of vomitoxin and other toxins produced by fungi is affecting ethanol markets and prompting grain processors to seek alternative sources of feed supplies."

Gr8WN CPC – News – Saturday April 15, 2017

Ant Agricultural Revolution Began 30 Million Years Ago in Dry, Desert-Like Climate

Ants were fungus farming millions of years ago, beneath the surface of the earth. Humans are just catching up.

Potato Farmer Heads Agriculture Council | CBC

Good to see Mr. Keenan as head of the Canadian Hort Council. The current big issue is potential carbon taxation for Canadian growers and none for American growers.

New Internal Trade Agreement Settled for Canada | Top Crop Manager

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is to take effect July 1, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada. It replaces the existing Agreement on Internal Trade from 1995. It is designed to allow the free movement of trade and professional services across the provinces and territories of Canada. About time.

The Rolling Back of Nutrition Standards | Food Politics

The big-business Trump regime is busy overriding what Obama enacted in his time as president. Sugar and salt are back on the agenda in the US.

Agrochemicals Sector Sees Sales Drop in 2016 in Brazil | AgroNews

2016 – US$9.56 – 2015 US$9.6 – 22% less than 2014
* Real devaluation
* Illegal product infiltration
* Poor crop prices
* Fewer pest problems

Lake Chad Basin: A Crisis Rooted in Hunger, Poverty and Lack of Rural Development | FAO

Bit of a mess starting to form in Africa’s Lake Chad basin on both an ecological and humanitarian bases.

Survey of Syrian Farmers Reveals Agriculture Should Be Kick-Started Now Despite Huge Destruction

  • About 16B lost to agriculture in the fighting. The sector needs to get jump started now before massive food intervention is required.
  • Many households are growing their own food but lack the basics – fertilizer and seed.

ChemChina Ends Public Tender Offers for Syngenta | AgroNews

Excessive Glyphosate Levels Found in 1.3 Percent of Food Samples: CFIA study | WP

Deciphering Plant Immunity Against Parasites | ScienceDaily

“Nematodes are a huge threat to agriculture since they parasitize important crops such as wheat, soybean, and banana; but plants can defend themselves. Researchers have identified a protein that allows plants to recognize a chemical signal from the worm and initiate immune responses against the invaders. This discovery will help to develop crop plants that feature enhanced protection against this type of parasites.”

New Lettuce Genome Assembly Offers Clues to Success of Huge Plant Family | ScienceDaily

“A treasure-trove of genetic information has been unlocked about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant family.”

Gr8WN CPC – Crops – Saturday April 15, 2017

Pest Monitoring Network a Good Tool for Prairie Farmers

The best examples of this are the insect forecast maps for wheat midge and grasshoppers.

Microbes That Make Their Own Fertilizer | Top Crop Manager

Biocontrols Revolutionize Grower’s Strategy | AgriBusiness Global

“According to Hutton-Squire, MRLs (maximum residue levels), diagnosing issues early, and understanding how and when to apply biocontrol products are allmajor issues he and all growers face when implementing a successful IPM program.” Biocontrols Africa Conference and Expo 2017 – Cape Town

Canada: Mucci Farms to expand strawberry operations

The Mucci’s are doubling the size of Boem Berry Farms to 1 million square feet. The new facility is expected to be up and running by Fall 2017. This will be the largest greenhouse strawberry operation in North America.

New Infographic Highlights Economic Impact of Plants


Plants that do 20170415

A good reminder for consumers how horticulture positively affects all our lives. This applies to field agriculture as well.

Hopes for Brazil’s Record Soy and Safrinha Corn Crops Raised Again

"The Brazilian government crop agency Conab raised its forecast for the country’s corn and soybean crop, thanks to good conditions.

Conab lifted its forecast for the second-season corn crop, which is sowed after the early soybean harvest, by 1.94m tonnes, to 61.61m tonnes.

The increase was led by upgrades in Matto Grosso and Parana."

What May Bug You in 2017 | Top Crop Manager

Good review with maps of insect pest forecasts, including cutworms, grasshoppers, aphids, flea beetles, cabbage seedpod weevil, bertha armyworm, swede midge and lygus bug.

Gr8WN CPC – Markets – Saturday April 15, 2017

Grain Market Blow-up Just a Matter of Time | Agrimoney

Bad things can happen in any given crop yet. Last year, France had a late season grain disaster, too much rain. It can happen again.

3 Things That Could Lead to “Explosive” Summer Corn Rally |

If corn acres fall in next Wasde and there is a weather scare a rally is possible.

Canola Flat on Wed. As US Crop Market Creeps Higher | WP

German 2017 Wheat and Rapeseed Harvests Seen Up on Year | WP

"HAMBURG, April 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s 2017 wheat crop will rise by 2.7 percent on the year to 25.26 million tonnes as crops benefited from a warm end to winter, the association of farm cooperatives said on Wednesday.

The association forecast Germany’s 2017 winter rapeseed crop would rise 7.1 percent on the year to 4.93 million tonnes.

The forecasts were raised from the association’s March 15 estimate of a wheat crop of 25.13 million tonnes and 4.86 million tonnes for rapeseed."

Markets, Quotes and Charts | WP

Soybeans Held On to Strong Gains |

“Soybeans held strong gains, countering yesterday’s bearish crop report while corn and wheat were holding steady in limited trade. In outside markets, crude oil continued to add to its gains over the last two weeks pushing into the mid-$53 area while equities and the US dollar were weaker to start the day.”

London Wheat Hits 2-Year High, Paris Gains as Dryness Fears Mount

"Wheat prices in Europe gained support from worries over dry weather threatening this summer’s crop, as well as evidence of smaller-than-expected stocks, with London futures hitting their highest in nearly three years.

Front-month Paris wheat futures put in their weakest close in four months on Tuesday, but prices have rallied over 2% since then.

May Paris wheat futures were up 0.6% in afternoon deals, at E165.75 a tonne.

And in the UK, were wheat prices are getting long-term support from the weak sterling, front-month futures touched £149.50 a tonne, the highest on a spot contract basis since May 2014.

May London wheat futures later eased back to £149.25 a tonne, a gain of 0.5% on the day."

Heavy Rains Hurt ‘More Than 1m Hectares’ of Argentine Land

"Says the Buenos Aires grains exchange, noting floods and overflowing rivers. Still, yield hopes are high for surviving corn, soy crops

"More than 1m hectares of Argentine cropland has been affected by the floods this month which have prompted flashbacks to crop losses a year ago – although cool temperatures have cut disease risks this time.

The Buenos Aires grains exchange, in much-anticipated comments on the impact of a fresh round of heavy rains in Argentina, said that precipitation had reached as high as 200mm (8 inches) last weekend in “large parts” of Buenos Aires province.

The rains “caused fields to flood and rivers to overflow, bringing the loss of planted area and harvest delays,” the exchange said."

Making the International Trade in Plants and Seeds a Safer Venture

“The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer.”

Gr8WN CPC – Crop Protection Canada – Saturday April 15, 2017

Gr8WN CPC – Crop Protection Canada – Friday April 14, 2017

New Potato Fungicide for Early Blight and Brown Spot Available

Syngenta Canada’s Aprovia Top fungicide brings a tool for early blight control and brown spot suppression for potatos. The active ingredients are Difenoconazole and Solatenol. It is also registered on Apples, Fruiting vegetables and Cucurbits. Aprovia™ Top Fungicide

FMC: The Real Winner in the Dow-DuPont Merger Approval | AgriBusiness Global

FMC gets a 1.4B insecticide business as well as DuPont’s R&D leads. DuPont gets FMC’s Health and Nutrition business, worth half that much. Seeking Alpha Original Article

Stockton, Jebagro Form Registration Transfer Agreement | AgriBusiness Global

“Stockton has agreed to sell its generic registrations and distribution rights for various countries in Central and South America and in the Philippines, to Jebgaro as part of its strategic direction.”

Stockton Group

Acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina Approved by EU Competition Authority | AgriBusiness Global

“ChemChina and Syngenta have announced that they have received approval from the European Commission for the proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina. This represents a major step towards the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2017.”

EPA Reverses Position on Chlorpyrifos | AgriBusiness Global

"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he is denying a 9-year-old petition from environmental groups that requested that the Agency ban all uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Pruitt’s order reverses a November 2015 proposal by the Obama EPA to revoke all chlorpyrifos tolerances based in part on uncertainty surrounding the potential for chlorpyrifos to cause neurodevelopmental effects.

“Despite several years of study, the science addressing neurodevelopmental effects remains unresolved, and further evaluation of the science during the remaining time for completion of registration review is warranted to achieve greater certainty as to whether the potential exists for adverse neurodevelopmental effects to occur from current human exposures to chlorpyrifos,” the EPA now states."

Brazil’s Mapa Defines Priority Agrochemicals for Registration in 2017 | AgroNews

"The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) in Brazil has defined the products that should receive priority for analysis in registration in 2017.

The list was presented during the second ordinary meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (CTA) of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), which also saw representative from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). These three agencies are responsible for the release of pesticides in Brazil."

California Approval for FMC’s Rhyme Fungicide for Chemigation Applications | AgroNews

"Rhyme fungicide from FMC, registered for a wide range of specialty crops throughout the U.S., received approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for chemigation application in strawberries, tomatoes, cucurbits, fruiting vegetables with other crops to follow.

Chemigation use instructions allow Rhyme fungicide to be applied through drip or sprinkler irrigation systems including center pivot, lateral move, end tow, side (wheel) roll, traveler, big gun, solid set, micro-sprinkler or hand move systems. Chemigation use instructions are now on file everywhere Rhyme fungicide is registered."

Rhyme™ is Flutrifol.

UK Approved Emergency Authorization for Certis’ Fungicide Cuprokylt | AgroNews

"The UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved a 120 day Emergency Authorisation for Certis’ fungicide Cuprokylt, for use against Nectria canker in apples and pears. The authorisation will expire on 14 July 2017 and will not be renewed.

Application is to be made by air assisted broadcast sprayer in a minimum water volume of 400 litres/ha.

Cuprokylt is a wettable powder formulation containing 87.8 % w/w copper oxychloride. It has a multi-site mode of action and is classified by FRAC as ‘low-risk’ for the development of fungicide resistance."

Syngenta ChemChina China Approval – PDF

Gr8WN CPC – US News – Saturday April 15, 2017

Is it Too Soon to Worry About Planting Delays? |

The weather in the US was mild in January and February and then deteriorated in March. Most of the progress at this time of year is made in Texas. It is still pretty early in the growing season. There is no need for panic.

AMVAC to Acquire Certain Crop Protection Assets in U.S. from Adama | AgriBusiness Global

“American Vanguard Corp., through its principal operating subsidiary, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire certain U.S. assets relating to the three crop protection product lines — abamectin, chlorothalonil and paraquat — from subsidiaries of Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd., which is part of the China National Chemical Corporation (“ChemChina”) group. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.”

This is part of the agreement with the Federal Trade Commission and ChemChina/Syngenta.

Analyst: U.S. Corn Planting Pace Just Average | Successful Farming

“It’s early April and the first third of the month is flying by with very little planting progress so far in the U.S. Soils need to warm up, for the most part, and weather has mostly been cooperative on the temperature side, but precipitation amounts have also been average to above average so far. That leaves some planting completed across the U.S., but, for the most part, we are only about average in planting progress to this point in spite of early snow melt and warm early spring temperatures.”

Conflicting Forecasts for Summer 2017 | Successful Farming

One thing about forecasts – you can usually find one to your liking.

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