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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bulb fields cover 25,000 hectares of Dutch farmland - DutchNews.nl

Bulb fields cover 25,000 hectares of Dutch farmland - DutchNews.nl: Some 25,000 hectares of land in the Netherlands is now dedicated to bulb production, a rise of 75% over the past 30 years, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.

While production has gone down some 10% in traditional bulb growing areas north of The Hague, there has been an increase in the provinces of Drenthe, Flevoland and Overijssel.

U.S. Farmland Values Drop For 28th Consecutive Month

U.S. Farmland Values Drop For 28th Consecutive Month: U.S. farmland prices have continued their spiral downwards for a 28th successive month owing to� drought concerns.The US farmland price index has been recorded at 20.2 by researchers at Creighton University. This price index comes in much lower than the 29.8 that was reported last month, and worryingly below the 50.0 point which is indicative of a neutral market.

U.S., Cuba enhance agricultural business relationships

U.S., Cuba enhance agricultural business relationships: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several measures that will foster further collaboration between the U.S. and Cuban agriculture sectors as the secretary was part of the presidential delegation to Cuba today.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cuba's Ministry of Agriculture developed a memorandum of understanding to increase bilateral cooperation in agriculture, recognizing the mutual interest of both countries in advancing agricultural technologies, agricultural productivity, food security and sustainable natural resource management.

Planting Preview 2016: Crop Confusion in Delta as Planting Nears | Agweb.com

Planting Preview 2016: Crop Confusion in Delta as Planting Nears | Agweb.com: Farming is always a gamble, but when it comes to planting intentions in 2016, there’s no clear pony to pick. For the Delta states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, expect midnight decisions as producers make crop selections in relative commodity darkness. In short, producers are forced to fire blind.

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center

Wake Up Call Allendale Advisory Center: Grain markets are higher with three weather systems forecast to move across the Midwest. Trade is talking of planting delays. Outside markets are quiet with the US Dollar higher and crude oil unchanged.

Wheat crop conditions improved in Kansas and Texas by 1% from last week. The Oklahoma wheat good to excellent rating dropped from 67% last week to 63% this week. Kansas wheat is 20% jointed compared to 7% average. The maturity of the Kansas crop has traders concerned about recent cold weather and the fluctuation to temperatures in the forecast later this week.