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Articles of Interest – Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Articles of Interest – Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Russian Wheat Exports Up 29% at 19.2 Mil MT in Marketing Year to Nov. 15
Black Sea Grain – 11/20/2018
Russian wheat exports between July 1 and November 15 reached 19.2 million mt, up 29% on the year, agriculture ministry data showed Monday. The higher year-on-year pace reflects an earlier-than-usual harvest as a result of hot and dry weather, which prompted farmers to begin threshing much earlier than expected to minimize heat and drought damage to crops. In addition, dry and hot weather resulted in lower wheat production.

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U.S. Ag Negotiator Talkes Trade Deals
Captial Press – 11/20/2018
Ambassador Gregg Doud arrived in Portland around midnight Nov. 17 after an exhausting 25-hour flight from Morocco in North Africa, where U.S. trade officials spent last week working to reopen U.S. beef exports into the country for the first time since 2003. “This is what we do in this job,” said Doud, who serves as chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. “It was a lot of arguing back and forth, a lot of heavy-duty conversation, but nonetheless we got it done.”

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NASA’s ‘Space Wheat’ is Helping Earthbound Farmers Grow Crops Quicker
Digital Trends – 11/20/2018
Could technology first used by NASA to grow plants on other planets also help farmers improve crop yield here on Earth? According to researchers at the U.K.’s John Innes Center and Australia’s University of Queensland the answer is “affirmative.” They are employing some of the speed breeding techniques pioneered by the U.S. aerospace program to breed more disease resistant, climate resilient, and nutritious crops. In the process, they hope to take one giant leap for humankind when it comes to creating new ways to feed the global population.

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World’s First Gene-Edited Wheat Harvested
Biofuels Digest – 11/20/2018
In Minnesota, Calyxt, Inc., a consumer-centric, food- and agriculture-focused company, completed the inaugural harvest of its high-fiber wheat product, the world’s first gene-edited, consumer-focused wheat product. The high-fiber wheat product is already the seventh Calyxt product that has been deemed non-regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including powdery mildew-resistant wheat, high-oleic soybeans, high-oleic / low-linoleic soybeans, improved quality alfalfa, cold storable potatoes and reduced browning potatoes. Calyxt’s high-fiber wheat was developed by using the Company’s proprietary gene-editing technology, TALEN, to produce a small and precise modification in the wheat genome.

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Syngenta Pulls Back on North American Hybrid Wheat
Successful Farming – 11/20/2018
Syngenta has invested nearly a decade and millions of dollars into hybrid wheat development in North America. Now, the company will scale back and refocus these efforts in both the U.S. and Canada. In an interview with Successful Farming, Carlos Iglesias, head of North America cereals for Syngenta, says the company had for years targeted 2021 for a commercial launch date of its new hybrid spring wheat lines, and winter wheat hybrid lines shortly thereafter. However, the company has determined that under current market conditions, wheat hybrids may not offer all the value that farmers, Syngenta wheat associates, and the company itself require to make the technology viable and sustainable.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates