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New book: land deals and the state

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The Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa.
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Russian hopes for 2014 grains crop optimistic

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SovEcon termed "optimistic" Russia's chances of achieving in 2014 roughly the same grains harvest as this year, despite farmers' surprising investors with a late spurt in plantings of winter crop.

Nikolay Fyodorov, Russia's agriculture minister, on Wednesday said: "We plan for farmers to harvest at least 90m tonnes of grains, including 50m tonnes of wheat."

A harvest at that level would be in line with the result from the current harvest, of which growers are in the final stages, with some 92.8m tonnes reaped so far, bunker weight, including 53.8m tonnes of wheat, from 94% of the intended area.

Bunker weight figures, taken before drying and cleaning, are typically 5-7% above the final estimate.

'A bit optimistic'

However, Mr Fyodorov added: "We are optimists," and found agreement by Andrey Sizov Jr, managing director at influential analysis group SovEcon, who said that ideas of a 90m-tonne grains harvest appear "a bit optimistic".

"Assuming close-to-average weather and rates of winterkill, I would expect something more like 85m tonnes," with wheat output "a bit lower than 50m tonnes", Mr Sizov told Agrimoney.com.

And there was a good change the harvest could be smaller still, given the unusually wet weather conditions which have forced farmers to plant much of their winter grains crop late.

'Big question mark'

Farmers have surprised many observers with the extent to which they have managed to catch-up on winter plantings, with 14.4m hectares planted as of Monday, below the 16.4m hectares initially targeted, but defying early expectations that some 3m hectares could be lost to the damp autumn.

In fact, growers will sow some 14.7m-14.8m hectares with winter grains, Mr Fyodorov said, although Mr Sizov said that this figure too looked optimistic, given that the planting window has closed in all but southerly areas.

Even so, the extent of the crop planted unusually late in the growing window has meant there is "a big question mark over the next crop", Mr Sizov said.

Although satellite imagery shows crops planted early, before the rains, are in good condition, the later-sown fields may not be in ideal condition to brave the winter.

"The risk of higher-than-usual winterkill losses is significant," he said.

Wheat vs corn

The rapid late spurt in plantings has been fuelled in part by unusually warm and dry weather, following the rainy spell, but also by the incentive offered by elevated prices, which have sidestepped the declines seen in Europe and the US in the last month.

Russian wheat prices have been supported by a dent to quality from harvest-time rains, and are "high compared with other crops, such as sunflowers or corn", alternatives for spring plantings, Mr Sizov said.

Russia's wheat values are closely watched by merchants because of the country's typical status – although not in 2013-14 – as a rich source of competitively-priced supplies, which often set the pace for international markets.


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Agritech firm promising growth in crop yields

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Middle East's Investments in African Farmlands Are Rooted in Food Security Fears - Knowledge@Wharton

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A growing world population, greater demands from an increasingly prosperous Asian middle class, and recent weather-related issues are all driving up global food costs.
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