Wheat Disease in Britain & Europe Is Making a Resurgence

Wheat stem rust has not been seen in the U.K. for nearly 60 years and now recent outbreaks have occurred that have many scientists wondering what has resurrected the disease. From what I understand, Over 80% of 57 wheat varieties tested in Britain are susceptible to the strain of stem rust that was discovered in […]

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Chinese Pig Farmers are Turning to Artificial Intelligence

Since the 1980s, China has rapidly modernized its pork industry to meet the demands of a growing middle class. To that end, half of the world’s pigs — some +700 million animals — are raised in China. To help manage this massive endeavor, the country’s farmers are turning to a decidedly untraditional tool: “artificial intelligence”. […]

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Walmart Files Farm Drone Patents…

Walmart’s patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible. The world’s largest retailer applied for six patents last year on drones that aim to prevent damage […]

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Online Farm Game Being Investigated As A Pyramid Scheme

An online game called “Farm Bank” is being investigated as a pyramid scheme that is operating under the guise. I’ve heard it’s somewhat similar to the game FarmVille, a farming simulation game that was hugely popular earlier this decade. Just like FarmVille, players in Farm Bank plow land, plant and harvest crops, and raise livestock. […]

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China To Import a Record 100 MMTs of Soybeans

The latest out of the USDA attache in Beijing shows Chinese imports of soybeans will hit a record 100 million metric tons next season, as unrelenting consumption boosts growth in the giant nation. In its first forecast for 2018/19, the USDA forecast China’s imports rising by 3 million metric ton from this season’s 97 million […]

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U.S. Soybean Exports… Down But Not Out

USDA most recently forecast 2017/18 season-ending soybean stocks +25 million bushels higher to 555 million. This month’s expected increase is the consequence of a lowered 2017/18 export forecast, which was lowered -35 million bushels to 2.065 billion. February export inspections of soybeans declined -50 million bushels from January to 155 million. While this is typical […]

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Insight Into Brazilian Demand for U.S. Ethanol

Last year, the Brazilian government announced a tariff rate quota for ethanol imports, where imports in excess of 600 million liters (roughly 158.5 million gallons) are subject to a 20% tariff. Many analysts in the industry feared this would adversely impact U.S. ethanol demand. However, U.S. ethanol has been priced so low that it is […]

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World Soybean Imports To Grow +30% by 2027

World soybean trade is projected to rise rapidly during the next 10 years according to USDA’s Agriculture Projections to 2027, climbing 48 million metric tons or 30% to 205 million metric tons by 2027. China, the world’s leading soybean importer, is expected to increase imports by 41 million metric tons over the projection period. China’s […]

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Major Breakthrough In How Weeds Develop Resistance To Glyphosate

Researchers at K-State University have made a breakthrough discovery in understanding how weeds have developed resistance to glyphosate. Meaning even if you applied an amount much higher than the recommended dose of glyphosate, the plants would not be killed. According to the scientists, there may be hope to disrupt the process by which troublesome pigweeds […]

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