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  • 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

  • Weather extremes slash cereal yields

    Climate change may have already begun to take its toll of agriculture. New research suggests that drought and extreme heat in the last 50 years have reduced cereal production by up to 10%. And, for once, developed nations may have sustained greater losses than developing nations. Researchers have been warning for years that ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Weather and political tensions impact food markets but cereal stocks remain adequate

    Weather conditions in various countries and political tensions in the Black Sea region have made food markets more volatile, FAO reports in the new  Food Outlook. In its first major forecast for 2014, FAO puts cereal production at 2 458 million tonnes (including milled rice), down some 2.4 percent from the 2013 record, though global output ...

  • World cereal production set to reach historic high in 2013

    World total cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14, according to the latest issue of FAO's quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. The increase would bring ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Ecosystem-based farming comes of age

    A new FAO book out today takes a close look at how the world's major cereals maize, rice and wheat - which together account for an estimated 42.5 percent of human calories and 37 percent of our protein - can be grown in ways that respect and even leverage natural ecosystems. Drawing on case studies from around the planet, the ...

  • Cover Crops Add to Farm Sustainability

    A potentially record-setting U.S. corn harvest is underway. Many farmers can attribute the use of cover crops as one of multiple best management practices (BMPs) that help them increase yield year after year. Combined with BMPs of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program that promotes the application of nutrients at the right source, right rate, right time and right place, ...

  • Philippine precision farming gets a mobile upgrade

    Rice farmers in the Philippines will be able to dial a specialised service on their mobile phones to obtain tailored advice on fertiliser use when they plant their crops in September. Scientists at the Philippine-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), officials of the Philippine Department of Agriculture, and local private telecommunications firm Globe, have joined together to create ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Straw residue helps keep nitrogen on the farm

    Scientists are exploring ways to reduce non-point pollution from agriculture. A new study finds that using straw residue in conjunction with legume cover crops reduces leaching of nitrogen into waterways, but may lower economic return. Agriculture is the largest source of nitrogen non-point pollution to waterways in the United States, flowing into streams and rivers via erosion from farmlands, or ...

  • LEAF announces significant progress in sustainable farming

    LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has revealed another year of significant progress in its mission to deliver more sustainable food and farming. The area of land around the world growing LEAF Marque crops increased by 28% since last year,according to the findings of its latest annual Global Impacts Report, which was launched today.  LEAF reports strong and steady growth in the number of ...

  • Online Order Point Makes `Open Farm Sunday` Plans as Easy as AHDB

    There are already over 360 farms preparing to welcome the public on Open Farm Sunday, next month (8 June), including Brookfield Farm from BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’. Now all farms involved can get a whole range of free resources from their levy board to use on the big day. All sorts of posters, leaflets and handouts are available to give away to help inform and engage ...

  • Boom sprayers preferred by wheatsheaf farming – liquid fertiliser tanks at the ready!

    As we approach growing season, the focus of attention in farming shifts towards fertiliser and Farmers Weekly explains how one farm believes that boom sprayers can boost fertilizer accuracy.  The piece explains how disc spreaders have come a long way in recent years.  However, they fail to provide the accuracy that some growers need and many are shifting to boom sprayers instead.  ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Do agri-environmental policies support mixed farming systems?

    The Large Scale Grazing Systems (LSGS) of the EU are governed by legislation at regional, national and European levels. New research investigates an LSGS in Spain and suggests that the area's traditional mix of sheep and cereal farming needs improved, better co-ordinated regulatory support to survive. LSGSs are large areas of countryside used for grazing in the EU, characterised by cultural ...

  • Why You Should Consider Cover Crops for Your Farm

    The state of soybean planting around the country right now ranges from “finished” to “about to start,” depending on geography and weather. But even if you’re still focused on getting your first soybean seed in the ground, it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about what you’ll plant after harvest. If those plans include cover crops, you might start seeing ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Farm Incomes Fall – Bad Weather and High Costs Blamed – Rainwater Tanks A Bonus

    According to Western Morning News, farm incomes have fallen and a combination of bad weather and high costs are blamed. The report refers to figures from the latest farm income statistics released last week that cover the last twelve months to February 2014. According to the figures, farm business income is falling on cereals, general cropping, and mixed and grazing livestock farms. However, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • OECD and FAO see lower farm prices - livestock and biofuels outpacing crop production

    The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO. Demand for agricultural products is expected to remain firm while expanding at lower rates than in the past decade. Cereals are still at the core ...

  • EU farm policy after 2014: MEPs, Council and Commission strike a political deal

    More emphasis on environmental protection, mandatory top-ups for young farmers in all member states, stronger farmers' organisations and less red tape when spending EU funds. These are the main lines of the agreement on farm policy struck on Wednesday by Parliament, Council and the Commission. Decisions still need to be taken on capping direct payments to bigger farms and distributing funds ...


    By European Commission

  • 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 ...

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