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India, second-biggest wheat grower, reaping smallest crop since 2008

India, second-biggest wheat grower, reaping smallest crop since 2008 | WHEAT | Scoop.it

India is probably heading for the smallest wheat harvest in seven years after rains and hail ravaged farms, forcing bread and pizza makers to boost imports.

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Drought reduces South Africa's wheat crop to smallest in 8 years

Drought reduces South Africa's wheat crop to smallest in 8 years | WHEAT | Scoop.it
drought that has probably reduced South Africa’s corn crop for 2015 to the smallest in eight years is also putting at least half the country’s wheat harvest at risk, the largest grain farmers’ lobby
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The New Wave of Wheat: Increasing Resistant Starch to Improve Health Benefits

The New Wave of Wheat: Increasing Resistant Starch to Improve Health Benefits | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Bread and pasta are mealtime favorites and household staples for many, but carbohydrates may also present a problem for many who struggle with health issues brought on by obesity.  With this in mind, researchers are developing wheat that has positive health implications.

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India: Punjab’s share of wheat in central pool dips 20%

India: Punjab’s share of wheat in central pool dips 20% | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Due to inclement weather in the region since February that caused extensive damage to the wheat crop, Punjab’s share in wheat procured by agencies has dipped by around 20% over the last year. This year, 93.16 lakh tonnes has been procured, a dip of 23.25 lakh tonnes over last year’s 116.4 lakh tonnes.
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Characterizing Wheat Straw for Bio-Fuel Applications

Characterizing Wheat Straw for Bio-Fuel Applications | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Biomass like wheat straw is an inexpensive natural biopolymer found in abundance. It is rich in cellulose and hemicellulose, which can be transformed into bio-fuel.
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Bread Trumping Rice on Menus Sparks Indonesia Wheat-Buying Surge

Bread Trumping Rice on Menus Sparks Indonesia Wheat-Buying Surge | WHEAT | Scoop.it
For an increasing number of Indonesians, rice and noodles are no longer at the top of the menu. Bread is becoming a new food staple.
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Wheat: The Second Most Political Commodity In The World

Wheat: The Second Most Political Commodity In The World | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Some commodities or raw materials are different from others. They have special, unique characteristics or utilities that separate them from others. There are two staples that are truly political in every way - crude oil and w
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China wheat yield shows significant improvement over 100 years

China wheat yield shows significant improvement over 100 years | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Average wheat yields in China have gone from less than a tonne per hectare, to five tonnes, since 1945.
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India: Wheat crop loss in Haryana massive

India:  Wheat crop loss in Haryana massive | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Farmers in Haryana are seeing their worst time ever in recent history with a special survey by the state government showing that wheat crop in almost one lakh acres suffering near 100% loss because of the rain and hailstorm.
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Tainted Russian wheat resurfaces in Egypt

Tainted Russian wheat resurfaces in Egypt | WHEAT | Scoop.it

The Russian wheat crisis resurfaced in Egypt on April 1, when 25,000 tons of it were discovered en route to being used in government-subsidized bread production.

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India: Rain continues to hamper wheat harvesting in Punjab, Haryana

India: Rain continues to hamper wheat harvesting in Punjab, Haryana | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Unseasonal rain continued to hamper wheat harvesting in Punjab and Haryana with farmers saying that they will not be able to recuperate from the loss.
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Iran expects bumper wheat crop this year

Iran expects bumper wheat crop this year | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Iran expects to harvest more than 11 million tonnes of wheat in the new crop year, helping bring down imports by 20%, Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati says. 
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India/Haryana: Wheat lying in the open at Jhajjar grain market

India/Haryana: Wheat lying in the open at Jhajjar grain market | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Heavy arrivals of wheat coupled with slow pace of lifting at the local grain market has made the farmers a worried lot following bad and unpredictable weather conditions.
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Problem with insufficient adequate wheat storage capacities in India repeats every year during the harvest and procurement time ... 

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Key Russian Wheat Export Region Hit by Lack of Rain

Key Russian Wheat Export Region Hit by Lack of Rain | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Farmers in Russia's Rostov region, one of the most important for wheat exports, face flat or lower wheat yields this year due to a lack of rain last autumn and the current hot weather may worsen the situation without more rain in the coming weeks.
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Sensory properties, another criteria for wheat breeding

Sensory properties, another criteria for wheat breeding | WHEAT | Scoop.it
A new study from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) suggests that bread from certain spelt wheat varieties have differentiated sensory properties that could be considered for future breeding works.
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India: Wheat procurement up at 26.47 million tonnes; hailstorm, rains hit quality

India: Wheat procurement up at 26.47 million tonnes; hailstorm, rains hit quality | WHEAT | Scoop.it
More than 80 per cent of the wheat is procured under relaxed specifications, which is either shriveled or there is loss of luster.
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Western Canadian Wheat Growers still going strong

Western Canadian Wheat Growers still going strong | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The de-monopolization of the CWB is sure to remain a high point in WCWG memory for a long time to come. “That certainly is the big policy achievement of the Wheat Growers over our history,” Rutter told me.
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Ireland leads the world in wheat yields

Ireland leads the world in wheat yields | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Irish wheat yields are on average the highest in the world, driven by higher rainfall, mild winters and long cool summer days that help grain filling.
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India: Wheat crop in 2nd-biggest grower dropping most since 2003

India: Wheat crop in 2nd-biggest grower dropping most since 2003 | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The harvest will probably drop 8.3% to 87.9 million tons from a record 95.9 million tons a year earlier, says Rajnikant Rai of ITC
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Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping

Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping | WHEAT | Scoop.it

A team of scientists in Aleppo won an award for their efforts to preserve plant diversity.


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Cause of wheat resistance to scab discovered

Cause of wheat resistance to scab discovered | WHEAT | Scoop.it
A nasty disease that can wreak havoc on wheat crops has been identified by scientists, allowing plant breeders to develop better varieties with higher yields for farmers.
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Interstellar-like blight could ravage Earth's wheat

Interstellar-like blight could ravage Earth's wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Researchers find virus that’s spurred on by rising greenhouse gases. A new study on barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), a wheat and cereal crop disease, shows that this fictional dystopia carries more than a few grains of truth. Researchers made this discovery by relying on a basic prediction for climate change.


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India: Tardy progress in wheat procurement

India: Tardy progress in wheat procurement | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Procurement in first 20 days of 2015-16 crop season is 62% lower than in year-go period; unseasonal rains may force lowering of full-season target
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Canada: Investor ​G3 Global Grain Group to take over wheat board

Canada: Investor ​G3 Global Grain Group to take over wheat board | WHEAT | Scoop.it
G3 Global Grain Group, a partnership between multinational agribusiness firm Bunge and a Saudi investment group, will invest $250 million to become the new majority owner of the CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board.
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Wheat work: Researchers seek drought-resistant grain

The No. 1 problem for wheat farmers in the High Plains is drought.
But Texas A&M AgriLife Extension researcher Shuyu Liu and others are working to develop strains of the grain that are more resistant to high temperatures, as well as pests, such as mites.

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