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  • ‘Blackgrass audit’ at Cereals

    The Cereals event, in June, provides a fantastic opportunity for farmers to speak to experts about undertaking a blackgrass review, ensuring that plans are firmly in place to hit the ground running in autumn. This year at Cereals, the Blackgrass Knowledge Trail will offer visitors easy access to the advice and information they require, explains Adrian Sisson, Certis technical manager. “The ...


    By Certis UK

  • Cereal Crops Feeling the Heat

    LIVERMORE, California (ENS) - Warming temperatures since 1981 have caused annual losses of about US$5 billion for six major cereal crops, new research has found. This is the first study to estimate how much global food production already has been affected by climate change. From 1981 to 2002, fields of wheat, corn and barley throughout the world have produced a combined 40 million ...

  • Wholecrop cereal silage could be a `no brainer`

    Low cereal prices could mean making wholecrop cereal silage is a ‘no brainer’ for topping up this season’s tight grass silage stocks on dairy and other livestock farms, says Ecosyl silage specialist, Derek Nelson. This, coupled with the drive to maximise use of home-grown forages to reduce reliance on bought-in feeds, makes wholecrop an obvious option, he maintains. ...


    By Ecosyl Products Limited

  • Defra extends suspension of waterlogged soil regulations for farmers to harvest cereals, oilseeds and protein crops

    Following a request from farming representatives, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has granted a further temporary exemption from the cross compliance standard for farmers who need to use mechanical equipment and vehicles on waterlogged soil to harvest their cereals, oilseeds and protein crops in England (GAEC 3). The Environment Secretary has the power to give an exemption from the requirement ...

  • Cereal prices continue to rise, defying improved supplies

    The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied.   The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December ...

  • Max Schulman represents European farmers

    Max Schulman from Finland serves as Chairman of the Cereals Working Party at Copa-Cogeca, an organisation that represents 15 million farmers and cooperatives in the European Union. What is the current state of European farming? “Farmers face a lot of challenges, just like all entrepreneurs, but we are moving in the right direction. The biggest risks that farmers are facing ...

  • Kenya’s smallholder farmers to get IFAD funding

    The funding of US$71.8mn will go towards the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme – Climate-Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window which will benefit ten thousand smallholder farmers, including women-headed households and young people whose livelihoods depend on maize, sorghum, millet and associated pulses living in eight eastern and coastal semi-arid counties. Of the total amount, ...


    By TractorExport

  • Farmers Urged to Consider Impact Of Pesticides on Insect Numbers

    Farmers are continually urged to store pesticides safely and securely in order to minimise their impact on the environment and to reduce leakage into water supplies and systems. A study by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), with support from Natural England, examined 40 year’s worth of data collected on farmland on the Susses Downs.  Examining the effect of climate and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Mycotoxin Outbreak Hurts Crops and Farmers across the U.S.

    In addition to grappling with a record-breaking drought and heat, now farmers must deal with outbreaks of fungi that are destroying their crops as well. Specifically, corn and wheat industries in the Midwest, Southern, and Eastern regions of the country are experiencing aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol (DON) outbreaks. The drought has already prevented farmers from reaching their normal crop yields, ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat

    Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone. The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify ...


    By Associated Press

  • Farmers hit by Typhoon Haiyan need urgent assistance

    Hundreds of thousands of farmers in the Philippines whose crops were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan need urgent assistance to sow new seeds before the end of the current planting season, FAO warned today. The typhoon caused damage in the central part of the country to the 2013 main season rice crop, harvesting of which was well advanced. It also badly disrupted planting of the current 2013-2014 ...

  • Investments in women farmers still too low

    Women farmers produce more than half of all food worldwide and currently account for 43 percent of the global agricultural labor force, yet few extension or research services are directed at women farmers,according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org) for its Vital Signs Online service. Women produce as much as 50 percent of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Leading cereal experts discussing challenges and new approaches to enhance wheat yield and quality

    About 230 experts and representatives from 30 cereal growing countries across the globe have met on February 11 and 12 at the Bayer CropScience Cereal Future Forum in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss current challenges and future opportunities in wheat production. The conference aimed to stimulate fresh perspectives on topics ranging from agronomic challenges such as integrated weed and pest ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Winter Cereals Sustainability in Action Gives Winter Wheat a Boost With a $475,000 Investment in Science

    Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Bayer CropScience announced today an additional $475,000 investment in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) winter wheat research program based at the AAFC Lethbridge Research Centre. The funds will be used to purchase equipment required to increase the program's capacity for molecular marker screening. The new equipment should significantly speed up the ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Farmers Facing Crop Crisis – Excessive Rainfall Can Bring Benefits Though

    A number of farmers across Hampshire reported to the Daily Echo that torrential rain throughout August has hit their profits hard. Throughout the last week of the month, 19.4mm of rain fell on the Sunday, 11.6mm on Monday and 15.2mm fell last Tuesday, resulting in what some describe as a major crop crisis. According to some farmers, it has been around 10 years since the region experienced a ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Bt cowpea could generate up to US$1 billion for small farmers

    A pest-resistant version of the black-eyed pea, a subspecies of the cowpea, is on track for commercial introduction, promising higher yields and claimed savings of up to US$1 billion of a crop that has found new popularity among African smallholders. The cowpea, actually a bean, is rich in protein and is an important crop for both tackling malnutrition and adapting to climate change as it ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time

    A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • New initiative enables Somali farmers to produce food assistance

    For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance for their fellow Somali people. A new initiative backed by the European Union (EU), the government of Austria and two United Nations food security agencies has helped Somali farmers achieve this major agricultural breakthrough in a region of the country that was gripped by famine less than ...

  • NFU Cymru Reminds Farmers to Complete Harvest Survey – Molasses Tanks and Cone Bottom Tanks for Harvest

    Farmers are being urged by NFU Cymru to complete a questionnaire about this years harvest. The Harvest Survey will contribute towards the first source of published data on UK crop production levels for this year. It also looks to get the full picture of the wheat crop by mid-September and the year’s harvest of major combinable crops to date by early October. The Harvest Survey will also ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Defra ministers endorse campaign to protect farmland biodiversity

    149/10 Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Jim Paice, today announced that the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, an industry-led initiative which encourages farmers to voluntarily nurture wildlife on their land, is making progress and will continue, but farmers can still do more to ensure it continues to be successful. Those taking part in the campaign are helping to improve ...

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