Australian Wheat Prices to be Higher Than Global Prices: Analyst
Hellenic Shipping News – 11/26/2018
The fortunes of US soybean growers and the US-China trade war could affect Australian wheat growers, according to the latest analysis. Rabobank analyst Cheryl Kalisch Gordon said there was likely to be a lot more wheat being grown internationally next year, which could eventually weigh on Australian prices. “Right now, the expectation is we’ll find the reduction on global prices about 20 cents or 10 per cent from current levels,” Ms Kalisch Gordon said.
U.S., China Look For Ways to End Trade Dispute
Ag Week – 11/26/2018
All eyes will be on the U.S. and Chinese presidents when they meet in a couple weeks to see if they can find a pathway out of their current trade war and bring relief for U.S. farm exports. Offers and counter offers on a deal to end trade hostilities are already flying back and forth between the two countries, with a few verbal jabs thrown in about the desired outcomes. U.S. officials have made it perfectly clear that they seek a better relationship with China, but do not plan to back down until China “changes its ways,” according to Vice President Mike Pence.
U.S. Farmers Visit Cuban Farms, Discuss Future Relationships
High Plains Journal – 11/24/2018
Delegates from the U.S. agriculture industry were in Cuba recently for the Cuba-U.S. Agriculture Business Conference. The conference brought about much interest from the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cuban media. Representing the soybean, corn, wheat, poultry, potato, rice, sorghum and barley industries, the 20 conference participants met with Cuban government officials and farmers on Nov. 8 to 10, 2018. While about 30 percent of Cuba’s 42,000 square miles of land area is currently used for farming, Cuban farmers do not have access to the latest technologies, equipment and inputs to reach their yield potential.
Farmers Work to Secure Club Wheat Breeding Funding
Capital Press – 11/23/2018
Kimberly Garland Campbell is the only club wheat breeder in the world. That’s important because club wheat is a key subclass of soft white wheat, grown primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The region’s industry blends and sells a blend of soft white wheat and club wheat, as Western white wheat, to customers in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore. “Most people in the world really don’t know what club wheat is,” said Campbell, plant research geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Pullman, Wash. “So that’s why, I think, I’m the only one.”
Plant ‘Speed Breeding’ Could Lead to Climate Change Resistant Crops
Brinkwire – 11/25/2018
Plants capable of surviving disease, drought and climate change will be made possible by ‘speed-breeding’, scientists have claimed. The technique, first developed by Nasa, subjects crops to 22 hours a day of LED light to promote rapid growth in plants. It speeds up their breeding cycle and allows for far greater yields of the plant.
Niche Wheats Are On the Way
Successful Farming – 11/20/2018
Last winter, Paul Sproule read an article regarding niche wheats being developed by Arcadia Biosciences, a Davis, California, agricultural biotechnology firm. “When I researched it, I got excited. I got on an airplane and went to California,” says the Grand Forks, North Dakota, farmer. “It was an opportunity to share our story of North Dakota agriculture, wheat production practices, and the technology that we embrace on our farm.”
‘Wheatinar’ Offers Status of Wheat Crop Across the Plains
High Plains Journal – 11/26/2018
Sometimes there can be such a thing as too much of a good thing. Such is the case with the fall precipitation events that have delayed harvest across much of the Plains and consequently delayed winter wheat planting. This was the lead topic of conversation during the online Wheatinar, hosted by Oklahoma State University, Nov. 16. The Wheatinar is a webinar conference where wheat Extension experts from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska have the opportunity to compare crop notes and update farmers who tune in.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates