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Agri View: Weather is Important for Crop Outlook

Dan Agri View, Cotton, Grain

Everett Griner talks about the crop outlook for 2017 factoring in the weather in today’s Agri View. Weather is Important for Crop Outlook Market analysts were predicting another tough year for cotton and grain farmers back in early April. In storage supplies of all crops was above average and early planting intentions from the March survey was higher than expected. …

Wheat Geneticist Presented with Innovator of the Year Award

Brian German Grain, Technology

During the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards ceremony last week, Jorge Dubcovsky was named as one of the 2017 Innovators of the Year by University of California, Davis, Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. Dubcovsky is a professor of plant sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher.  His most recent breakthrough has greatly accelerated the study of gene function in …


Wheat Industry Looks for New NAFTA Opportunities, But Priority Remains Do No Harm

Dan Grain, Industry News Release, Trade

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) urge caution as the Trump Administration officially submitted to Congress its notice of intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The U.S. wheat industry welcomes the opportunity for improving the framework for cross border wheat trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but would …

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Cargill: Grain Glut to Last

Dan Grain, Industry News Release

Cargill expects international grain markets to remain oversupplied. The company’s CEO told Reuters recently that the oversupply will remain “for a long time” due to bountiful harvests and an increase of crops in storage. Global corn, wheat and soybean inventories have increased over the last four years in the longest stretch of gains since the late 1990s, according to the …

Building a Reliable, Low-Cost Device to Measure Moisture in Grain Bags

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 0 Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a new way for farmers in developing areas of the world to determine the moisture content of their stored grain. Such determinations can help prevent losses due to insects, spoilage and mold growth that can render grain unfit for consumption. Unlike in the West, farmers in underdeveloped countries use large bags rather …

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Ozone Pollution Damages China Rice Production

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 2 Comments

Yield Losses Could Endanger Global Food Security By Pat Bailey, UC Davis News High levels of surface ozone are damaging rice yields at an alarming rate in China, the world’s largest agricultural producer and one of its most polluted nations, report researchers at the University of California, Davis, and in China. For the first time, the research team identified a …

General Mills wheat research

General Mills to Commercialize Organic Perennial Wheat

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 0 Comments

General Mills and Cascadian Farm announced last week the two will work with the Land Institute to commercialize organic Kernza, a perennial grain and wild relative of annual wheat. The intermediate wheatgrass grows deep roots that show promise to increase soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention and enhance surrounding wildlife habitat, according to General Mills.

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USDA Seeks Sorghum Board Nominating Organizations

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from sorghum associations and farm organizations interested in nominating sorghum producers to the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Board. Applications are due by March 17, 2017.


U.S. Grains Council Calls China Actions on DDGS Restricting

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 0 Comments

The U.S. Grains Council says China is attempting to restrict access to the U.S. dried distillers grain market by subjecting U.S. DDGS to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the move. The announcement came just ten days after the Chinese government increased tariffs on imported U.S. ethanol from five to …

Helping Arizona Wheat Growers Maximize Resources

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 0 Comments

By Dennis O’Brien, USDA Agriculture Research Service Maximizing yields while using as little water and fertilizer as possible is a top priority for Arizona wheat growers. Challenged by diminishing water supplies and rising fertilizer costs, growers know the exact amounts of water and fertilizer to use is critical. Using too much is not only costly, but can become useless as …

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GIPSA Reduces Fees for Weighing and Inspection Services

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 8 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration is reducing inspection and weighing service fees by five percent beginning January 1, 2017. The reduction will remain in effect until further notice. “Due to the continuation of high grain exports, The Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) operating reserve exceeds 4 ½ months of operating expenses.  FGIS also reviewed …

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USDA Awards $3.4 Million for Research to Increase Wheat Yields

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 2 Comments

University of California, Davis to receive almost $2 Million for research projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the award of $3.4 million for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. The seven projects are funded through NIFA’s new International Wheat …

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Wheat Growers Welcome Actions on China Trade

Dan Grain, Industry News Release 0 Comments

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome two trade dispute actions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) challenging Chinese government policies that distort the wheat market and harm wheat growers throughout the rest of the world. USW and NAWG are encouraged to see the U.S. government take such a strong position on trade enforcement, …