Locked In: Asian Mills Look to Secure Long-Term Wheat Supply
Reuters – 10/25/2018
Some Asian flour mills are looking to lock in wheat supplies until well into the middle of 2019, potentially shaking off a years-long trend for hand-to-mouth buying as global output is set to drop for the first time in six years. World wheat supplies are forecast to tighten in the second quarter of 2019 as shipments from top exporter Russia slow following rapid sales earlier in the season, while cargoes from No.5 supplier Australia are expected to dwindle after scorching weather hit crops there. That would leave the United States and Canada as key wheat exporters in the April-June period, likely pushing up benchmark prices for the grain.
Australia’s August Wheat Exports Drop 37pc From July to 847,181t
Grain Central – 10/23/2018
Australia exported 847,181 tonnes of wheat in August, well down on the five-year average for the penultimate month of the crop year, with domestic demand from the drought-hit eastern states diverting tonnage away from normal export channels.
Scientists Warn of Insect Pest Outbreaks and Reduced Yields
Phys.org – 10/23/2018
Climate-warming affects farmlands by increasing pests but not their natural predators, resulting in reduced crop yields, new research has revealed. The study, published today in the journal, Molecular Ecology, provides the first experimental evidence of how the interactions between agricultural plants, greenflies and tiny parasitoid wasps are affected in a world where temperatures are increased by 1.4°C.
Winter Wheat Planting Reaches 75 Percent (Oklahoma)
High Plains Journal – 10/23/2018
Winter wheat planted reached 75 percent, up 5 points from the previous year. Winter wheat emerged reached 62 percent, up 10 points from the previous year. Canola planted reached 60 percent, down 26 points from the previous year. Rye planted reached 71 percent, down 21 points from the previous year. Oats planted reached 23 percent, down 19 points from the previous year and down 17 points from normal.
Eye-Popping Georgia Wheat Yield Started With Smal Changes
Southeast Farm Press – 10/23/2018
Dr. Regan Nolan, University of Georgia Extension grains specialist, has announced that Cherokee County Ala., farmer Nick McMichen is the winner of this year’s Georgia wheat yield contest. McMichen, who bought the farm with two other Alabama growers in the winding Coosa River area of neighboring Floyd County, Ga., three years ago, had an eye-popping yield of 129 bushels per acre. McMichen, who farms along with his father, Randall; son-in-law Tyler Bruce; and son Matt, said it was a family effort.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates