Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 325

 

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from the February 2017 Browning World Climate Bulletin and highlights the outlook for prosperous Southern Hemisphere’s harvest.

The muted La Nina event meant this season is seeing above-average prospects for South American corn and soy, Asian rice and Australian wheat and canola…The favourable January weather that Australia experienced allowed late planted winter crops to excel. This meant that even as many Australian crop forecasters were anticipating rough yields all the way through early January, the eventual outlook is more favourable. Production is expected to nearly 50% better than the five-year average”

WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE HAS TO DO WITH THE PRICE OF YOUR LETTUCE

Unusual weather in the Southwest, USA, could cause a nationwide salad shortage later this month. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce): Scientists say the weird weather is probably caused by climate change — which means these sorts of problems are likely to happen again.

The shortage is the result of two separate phenomena in Arizona’s Yuma…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 324

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Felicity Hennessy, general manager of innovation at Ruralco, highlighting the agricultural industry’s push to recruit a new tech-savvy generation of graduates.

“For the first time in many years, we’re finding it easier to attract graduates because agriculture, particularly technology in agriculture, is back on the radar.”

http://www.afr.com/technology/hightech-grads-wanted-to-work-with-australian-farmers-20170206-gu6vvl

IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN TRIGGERS ANXIETY ON US FARMS

Recent raids by US immigration authorities targeting undocumented immigrants are creating a wave of distress through America’s agricultural sector, an industry that’s heavily dependent on foreign workers.

Hundreds of arrests have been made in at least six states over the past week. That’s left undocumented workers afraid to travel and farmers pondering whether they can risk hiring them, according to organisations representing both groups.

Farms in the western US have already dealt with a dwindling supply, partly because of tightened border security for years, said Pete Aielo, general manager at California-based Uesugi Farms. He worries…

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