Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 321

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Globally, agriculture consumes 70% of the world’s fresh water resources. This week’s quote comes from the journal article ‘Water limits to closing yield gaps’ and explores the increase in water required to meet the needs of a growing population.

“In regions of the world affected by seasonal or chronic water scarcity, yield gap closure is strongly dependent on irrigation. Global yield gap assessments have often ignored whether the water required to close the yield gap is locally available…We find that, to close the yield gap, human appropriation of freshwater resources for irrigation would have to increase at least by 146%. Most study countries would experience at least a doubling in irrigation requirement, with 71% of the additional irrigation being required by only four crops – maize, rice, soybeans, and wheat. Further, in some countries (e.g., Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen) the total volume of irrigation required for yield gap closure would exceed sustainable levels of freshwater consumption.”

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 320

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Rabobank’s Dairy Quarterly Q4 2016 report and highlights the changing dynamic in the global dairy industry.

“Milk supply from dairy export regions has fallen sharply, by 2.6m tonnes in 2H 2016, with milk volumes from Oceania and Europe severely challenged. In addition, domestic demand in the US and Europe continued to strengthen, negating the need for further stock growth and reducing volumes available for export by 4.5m tonnes in LME terms. As a result, global dairy prices have rocketed upwards, increasing by over 45% in 2H 2016.”

 

U.S. TAKES STEP TO BOOST ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTION

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken a step toward increasing the production of organic foods – which has not kept pace with demand – by launching a program to certify farmland that growers are in the process of switching to organic.

Obtaining certification under the program…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 319

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from the January 2017 Browning World Climate Bulletin and highlights the interesting weather patterns experienced across the globe.

“You know that this will be a strange winter when Switzerland’s ski resorts are plagued by the lack of snow while tourists are taking photos of snow in the Sahara. The problems of Swiss snow is a combination of the overall changes in climate brought on by the Atlantic AMO and an obnoxious anticyclone (high pressure area) that has squatted over the Alps. While Eastern Europe has shivered with sub-zero temperatures Western Europe has basked in the warm Atlantic air mass. The best Alpine snow is on the southern slopes. Meanwhile, even further south, there has been a snowfall on the dunes of the Sahara Desert – the first such snow in 40 years! They sometimes get snow in the Atlas Mountains, but not on the desert. The camels are freaking.”

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