Articles of Interest – Thursday, February 22, 2018
February 23, 2018
Asia-Pacific Imports of High-Protein Wheat Likely to Drop as Regional Output Grows
Successful Farming – 2/22/2018
The Asia-Pacific is this year likely to import less of the high-protein wheat use to churn out food such as noodles and pizza as growers in the region ramp up output, traders said. Australia, the world’s No.4 wheat exporter, has harvested larger volumes of protein-rich hard wheat in the 2017/18 crop
year, while the amount of land dedicated to growing wheat in China is expected to be the biggest in five years, with traders saying high-quality grain will make up an increasing chunk of that.
South Asia Dominates Ukrainian Wheat Exports So Far 2017/18
Successful Farming – 2/21/2018
The countries of Southeast Asia have become the major buyers of Ukrainian wheat in the first
seven months of the current season, importing around a third of the total volume, UkrAgroConsult said on Wednesday. Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia took larger supplies, the consultancy said. “This region absorbed more than 29 percent of Ukrainian wheat exports in July-January 2017/18 or 3.53 million tonnes,” it said in a statement.
Resistance Genes Offer Protection For Wheat Against Powdery Mildew
Grain Central – 2/21/2018
A decent wheat harvest requires robust wheat. However, wheat crops are often infected by fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. For several years now, researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland have been investigating a wheat gene that confers resistance to powdery mildew.
Anatomy of a Grain Trade
CHS – 2/21/2018
The global grain trading business is risky. Avalanches and mudslides can stop trains in their tracks. Striking union workers can halt grain loading at port. Freezing sea spray and high swells can delay ocean vessels for days. Commodity prices and costs shift constantly. While those situations may be beyond a grain company’s control, there are countless other factors that a team of CHS experts successfully manages 365 days a year — always focused on efficiency, safety and profitability.
Farmer Suicide Rate is Concerning, but Resources for Solutions Are Available
Kansas Wheat – 2/21/2018
American farmers may have a higher rate of suicide than veterans. While comparing these numbers from two separately conducted studies from two different entities isn’t conclusive, the trends that have emerged are alarming. According to the CDC, individuals in the farming, fishing and forestry occupational group are statistically more likely to commit suicide than any other. The farmers’ rate of suicide is 84.5 suicide deaths out of 100,000. The most vulnerable veteran demographic (18-29 year old males) has a rate of 85.64 suicide deaths per 100,000, while veterans as a whole have a rate of 35.3 per 100,000. This is a problem. It’s widespread. We can’t be silent about it. It’s a rough time economically in agriculture. There’s no doubt about it, everyone is feeling it. Within the past three years, farm income levels have hit their lowest point since 1985.
Source: U.S. Wheat Associates