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Monday, February 22, 2016

Farmland erosion could be a growing concern - Journal-Courier - myjournalcourier.com

Farmland erosion could be a growing concern - Journal-Courier - myjournalcourier.com: Erosion could become a growing problem for farmers in coming years, according to a soil expert.

University of Illinois Extension educator and soil specialist Duane Friend said December’s rainfall was the second highest total on record in Illinois, which led to a lot of farmland erosion. The statewide average was 6.7 inches of rain, which was four inches above the normal amount for December.

Minnesota farmland prices slip after years of increases | The News Tribune

Minnesota farmland prices slip after years of increases | The News Tribune: Many crop growers in Minnesota could see their profits squeezed in 2016.

Farmland prices in Minnesota continue to slip after more than a decade of increases. And prices for corn and soybeans are staying relatively low.

One in five dairy farms in Britain could close this year | Metro News

One in five dairy farms in Britain could close this year | Metro News: The number of dairy farms in Britain have plummeted to 10,500 compared to the 21,000 that existed 10�years ago.

Agriculture's potential not being realized in Africa | World Agroforestry Centre

Agriculture's potential not being realized in Africa | World Agroforestry Centre: With the price of oil and metals declining fast, there is “an opportunity for Africa to recreate itself in agriculture and agro-allied industries,” says an article in Footprint2Africa.

For example, West African nations supply two-thirds of the world’s cocoa with C�te d’Ivoire leading production, followed by Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Togo. The article quotes the World Agroforestry Centre as saying that Ghana, Nigeria and C�te d’Ivoire grow some of the best quality cocoa in the world.

A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture (Growing heavy) — High Country News

A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture (Growing heavy) — High Country News: On a hot summer afternoon, California farmer Chris Hurd barrels down a country road through the Central Valley city of Firebaugh, his dog Frank riding in the truck bed. He lurches to a stop in front of Oro Loma Elementary School, which was built in the 1950s to accommodate an influx of farmers’ and farmworkers’ children. “All three of my sons went here,” Hurd says, as we walk through overgrown weeds toward the shuttered building, closed in 2010. “I was on the school board, the grass was green, kids were running around. Now it’s a pile of rubble.”

Australia turns to agriculture as mining boom cools - BBC News

Australia turns to agriculture as mining boom cools - BBC News: It is an early start for the workers at the Oakey Beef exports factory in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Everyone's hard at work, with only the clangs of the sharp knives of the meat slicers to break up the monotony.
It is a scene straight out of a futuristic film: dozens of men, in pristine white lab coats and hats, on a production line, hacking away at massive chunks of raw meat hanging in front of them.
Some of the workers here have been on this factory floor for close to two decades - fathers and sons, generations of families who have worked here. The factory has become an integral part of this town's life.

Farmers in Fringe Areas Consider Alternative Crops | Agweb.com

Farmers in Fringe Areas Consider Alternative Crops | Agweb.com: Corn, soybeans, and wheat might give up some acres this spring to a host of alternative crops, including sunflowers and peas,�in the fringe areas of the Corn Belt.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher on short covering. Outside markets are higher as traders start the week with a risk on attitude. The US Dollar and crude oil gain in value this morning.

Weather conditions around the world are creating headwinds to grains as Argentina, Brazil and South Africa receive rain. Brazil’s port loadings may see some delay from rain this week.

Join us in our next webinar February 23rd at 8:00 PM CST. Register. Allendale's Rich Nelson will give a look at the factors that may impact US acreage, and some early thoughts on how the acreage numbers could fall ahead of our annual planting intentions survey.

China imports of DDGs during January were four times as much as a year ago. Sorghum imports during January were nearly 1 million tonnes.