Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 340

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Savills World Research, on the results of their annual Arable Benchmarking Survey, providing key performance metrics to UK farmers helping them drive agricultural efficiency.

“In contrast to the record high yields reported for harvest 2015, average yields fell by around 13%. Reduced average sunshine hours in June and July 2016 contributed to the lower yields. In fact, harvest 2016 yields were just 6% higher than those recorded in harvest 2013 when the UK suffered severe flooding through the wettest December since 1999, which was followed by a cold spring and dry summer…The impact of lower yields on gross margins was offset by an overall 9% rise in average crop prices for the harvest 2016 compared to 2015.”

CHINA SOY DEAL NEXT MONTH MAY BE RECORD, U.S. TRADE GROUP SAYS

The U.S. Soybean Export Council says the Chinese Ministry of Commerce may make a commitment to buy a record volume of U.S. soybeans when its officials are…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 339

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Adam Kay, CEO of Cotton Australia on the increased consumer desire for sustainably produced goods being a key driving force behind the renewed demand for Australian cotton.

“We use less land to produce more fibre than anywhere else in the world and we’re also the most water-use efficient cotton producer globally. We can clearly demonstrate over 40% improvement in water use efficiency over the last decade and we’ve reduced the amount of pesticide used by 90% in the last 15 years…More and more international retailers and brand owners want to know the story about the production cycle…they want to know about the sustainability and the environmental story.”

HOW U.S. FARMERS ARE WINNING – AND LOSING – WITH EXPORTS BOOMING

For many years, U.S. dominance as the top agricultural exporter has been slipping even as rising sales have allowed producers to prosper. Simply put, other countries have been able to catch…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 338

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Chris Perry and Pasquale Steduto of the Food and Agricultural Organisation discussing whether improvements to irrigation technology lead to real water savings.

“From the individual farmer’s perspective, hi-tech irrigation makes water delivered to the farm more profitable: he or she can irrigate a larger area, obtain higher yields, and perhaps switch to higher value crops. These effects combine to make water an even more valuable input, making pumping more affordable, and increasing the incentives that the farmer has to obtain more water. In sum, the predictable impact of “more efficient” irrigation is to increase current consumption, and to increase demand for water.”

BANANA FARMERS GO NUTS IN SOUTH AFRICA OVER MACADAMIA BOOM

Booming demand for macadamias is transforming farmland in eastern South Africa, as landowners switch focus from bananas and sugarcane to the creamy nuts used in sweet treats from ice cream to cookies.

First introduced in South Africa in the 1960s,…

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