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Maize situation in South Africa - continue exporting or keep for own market?

Maize situation in South Africa - continue exporting or keep for own market? | MAIZE | Scoop.it
South Africa could face a maize shortage soon and might have to import the grain at a time of growing global scarcity.

Wessel Lemmer, an economist at Grain SA, said if maize exports continued at the current rate, it might be necessary to import the grain for both feed and food by the end of April next year.

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US slashes corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears

US slashes corn production forecast as drought raises crisis fears | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The US government slashed its forecast for drought-hit corn production by 17% on Friday, raising fears of a new global food crisis and sending some commodity prices to record levels...
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US: Seeking hardier breeds for drought, climate change

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought.
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Uganda Develops New Maize Variety

Jinja, Uganda — National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) is developing a new maize specy that is resistant to pests and can stand harsh weather conditions.

This is still under evaluation to see whether it will yield good returns to farmers.

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Has Zambia capacity to ‘weigh’ GMOs?

Has Zambia capacity to ‘weigh’ GMOs? | MAIZE | Scoop.it

ZAMBIA, like any other Sub-Saharan African (SSA) country, has been grappling with the need to increase productivity for most of its crops and develop crop resistance to drought and diseases.

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Making sense of the maize warnings

Making sense of the maize warnings | MAIZE | Scoop.it

It’s not so long since agricultural commodities markets were an area of specialist knowledge shared only by a few hundred experts across the world. Since the food price spike of 2008, however, interest has gone global and news stories continue to examine future forecasts.

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Asia's feed mills caught short by costly corn

* With corn at record, Asia to see higher meat prices* Australia almost out of feed wheat* Most Asian buyers short on grain supplies* Ample rice to ease impact of red-hot corn pricesBy Naveen Thuk...
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South Africa’s Corn Harvest Forecast to Rise 7% This Year by UN

South Africa’s corn harvest is forecast to climb 7 percent this year after planting increased, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said.

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Argentine Corn Growers Urge End of Export Cap to Boost Crop 60%

Corn producers in Argentina are urging the government to lift a cap on exports and pledging to boost output by as much as 60 percent should the government free them to tap rising foreign demand for the grain.
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U.S. Drought Set to Cut World Corn Supply by 60 Million Tons

The global corn market may see 60 million metric tons “disappearing” as drought cuts the U.S. harvest, said Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd.

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Ukraine’s Corn Harvest May Be as Low as 20 Million Tons

Ukraine’s corn crop may be between 20 million and 22 million metric tons after drought hurt yields in the country’s south, the national weather forecaster said.
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Ukraine firm sees corn quarantine deal with China by year end | Reuters

BEIJING, July 19 (Reuters) - Ukraine expects to sign a corn quarantine agreement with Beijing by the end of the year, paving the way for exports of the grain to China, said UkrLandFarming (ULF), a major Ukrainian farm company.

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Corn extends gains as US drought expands, eyes $8 | Reuters

Corn extends gains as US drought expands, eyes $8 | Reuters | MAIZE | Scoop.it

CHICAGO, July 17 (Reuters) - Corn futures extended gains on Tuesday, zeroing in on an all-time peak near $8 set last summer as a U.S. drought expanded, dimming harvest prospects in the world's top exporter of the grain.

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Drought slashes EU maize crop, adds to global squeeze

PARIS (Reuters) - Hot, dry weather in eastern and southern European Union countries has severely hit prospects for this year's EU maize harvest, adding pressure to a world market already reeling from huge...
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Armyworm resistance in Bt corn - LSU research | Corn content from Delta Farm Press

Armyworm resistance in Bt corn - LSU research | Corn content from Delta Farm Press | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Farmers can plant Bt corn to get protection from an important pest of corn, the fall armyworm. But LSU AgCenter entomologist Fangneng Huang said populations of the pest in some areas have developed resistance to one type of Bt corn.

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Mexico makes biggest US corn buy in decades as crop shrinks

CHICAGO, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Mexico raided the U.S. corn market by making the biggest one-day purchase in over two decades this week, the first clear sign of global anxiety over the decimated U.S. crop.

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Vietnam goes ahead with GMO development plan

Vietnam goes ahead with GMO development plan | MAIZE | Scoop.it

After 2 years of growing genetically modified maize species MON 89034, NK603 and Bt11, GA21 in different ecological zones, the Agricultural Institute of Genetics stated that it has not found out any danger of GMP to the environment and that GMP has some advantages that non-GMP do not have.

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China to build agricultural research facility in Mali

China to build agricultural research facility in Mali | MAIZE | Scoop.it

[COTONOU, BENIN] China plans to build a centre for agricultural research and technological demonstration near Bamako, Mali, to carry out experiments and technical training, and to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture in the country, according to an agreement between the two governments announced last month (11 July).

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Climate change may force India to import corn

Climate change may force India to import corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists have claimed that India and China, Asia's largest corn producers, will experience severe dry conditions due to climate change, prompting them to import corn from Tanzania which would face comparatively wet weather.
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IGC cuts sharply 2012/13 world maize crop outlook

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - The International Grains Council on Thursday cut sharply its forecast for the world maize crop in 2012/13, citing the worst U.S. drought since 1956, and saw stocks of the commodity falling to a six-year low by the end of the season.

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U.S. Corn Crop Forecast 13% Below USDA Estimate by Cekander

U.S. Corn Crop Forecast 13% Below USDA Estimate by Cekander | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Newedge USA LLC, the third-largest U.S. futures brokerage, cut its estimate for the nation’s corn production after conditions deteriorated for a seventh straight week in the world’s largest grower. Futures pared losses.
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China Seen Cutting U.S. Corn Imports on Higher Prices

China, the world’s second-biggest corn user, may import fewer shipments from the U.S. than forecast due to rising costs since the worst drought in decades hit the top grower, a state-owned researcher in the Asian country said.

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Kenya: KARI working on maize suitable for climate change

New maize varieties, specifically developed to resist emerging diseases and adapt to climate change will soon be available in Kenyan market.

Foreign scientists and their counterparts at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) in Kakamega are developing the varieties for all maize ecological zones in Kenya.

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India's 2011/12 corn exports may rise to 3.5 mln tonnes-USGC

MUMBAI, July 19 (Reuters) - Corn exports from India could hit a record 3.5 million tonnes in the 2011/12 marketing year to September, spurred by higher global prices and a bumper harvest, the India representative of a major U.S. grains export association said on Thursday.

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Team discovers how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation | Science Codex

Team discovers how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation | Science Codex | MAIZE | Scoop.it
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.— A new study answers a question that has baffled researchers for more than 15 years: How does the western corn rootworm – an insect that thrives on corn but dies on soybeans – persist in fields that alternate between corn and...
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