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Autumn/Winter 2014


Aquaculture: Faster growth than pork

 

Politics & Markets


Brazil: Wanted – a crop transport revolution

After the World Cup football stadia were completed just in time, there are still many roads, railways and waterways to be built. If these can be opened for use in the coming years Brazil could markedly increase its exports and probably also reduce the price of these goods.

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Germany – France: Allies and opposites
Domestic farm support policies and processing sectors of both countries could hardly be more different. Despite this, the neighbours still stand shoulder-to-shoulder representing Europe in global trade.

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Agribusiness & Management

 

Aquaculture: Fish farms grow faster than pig sector

While the annual harvest from the international fishing industry has been constant for years at around 90 million tonnes, aquaculture output increases rapidly with annual growth now beating pig meat production.

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Research & Innovation

 

Pig management: How dangerous is PEDV?

The ways in which this virus disease spreads are still not fully understood and no vaccine is so far available. Stringent hygiene measures are needed as well as highest standards of vigilance  for imported livestock and feed components.

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DLG: New tractor test station

The DLG Test Center »Technology and Farm Inputs« has been measuring power and fuel consumption of tractors for more than ten years following the measuring principle of the DLG PowerMix test. The building of a new dynamometer test station will provide more applications and efficiency.

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Summer 2014


DLG Field Days
Valuable information for arable professionals

 

Politics & Markets

 

Fertilisers: World market moves influencing our prices
The trade flow on the world market is very clear for potash and phosphorus and, again, only a few countries dominate the market for nitrogen. This is why economic distortions or serious changes in consumption in these countries also affect the purchase price in Europe – in most cases immediately. As with cereals and oilseeds it can now be safely said that the world market has arrived for fertilisers in Europe.

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Sugar beet: The market post-quota
The 2016 sugar campaign will see the end of the EU market regime. But this doesn’t mean the end for sugar beet growing. Some expect a price war, others reckon with continued lucrative prices. When a new era starts from 2017, sugar beet might well have to re-establish its place in European crop rotations. But on the good beet growing areas there’s little chance that the crop will be squeezed out by oilseed rape, maize or any other main crop.

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Agribusiness

 

EU farmland: The costs country-by-country
Farmland prices in Denmark and Spain have reduced on average. In other EU countries the trend of continual increase in this respect goes on, although direct comparisons between the individual countries and precise analysis of the values involved remain difficult.

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Research & Innovation

 

Crop protection: Goodbye Europe
For almost every plant protection problem there is a solution: a situation that for many farmers certainly won’t last forever. For years now, the industry has been dramatically reducing investments for Europe.

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Spring 2014


Transatlantic free trade
More export opportunities?

 

Politics and Markets

 

Trade agreement: Ahoy Europe – here come the Canadians
The agreement on a free trade treaty reached by representatives of the EU and Canada has pleased politicians from both sides. But what’s it going to bring for European agriculture: more imports or more exports?
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Meat: The long road to self-sufficency
After Japan, Russia is the world’s largest meat importer, a situation Moscow is determined to change. For poultry meat, self-sufficiency is at least in sight. But progress is proving much harder for pork and beef – and not made any easier by dismantling of import barriers through Russia joining WTO.
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Ukraine: The advance of the agri-barons
Ukraine - once regarded as the granary of Europe – dreams of a comeback to top global performer in this respect. The conditions for such a return are outstanding. But this country has another side, one of corruption, lack of legal security, poor infrastructure and difficult access to capital, all of which limit the great natural opportunities.
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Agribusiness

 

Farm management: Decisions and the generation gap
The question of how decisions are made continually leads to inter-generation conflict within family firms. While it’s true that there can only ever be one boss, this should not mean that the competences from younger and older members should not be united and applied together for farm business development.
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Research and Innovation

 

Grain maize: Corncubs – fuel with a future
A new procedure in Austria enables the simultaneous and cost-efficient harvesting of grain maize and corncobs. In that the heating energy of cobs from 1 ha of grain maize is equivalent to 600 to 1000 l heating oil, the increased future use of this material in appropriate biomass furnaces offers an interesting alternative to wood fuel. This especially applies in rural areas where no long transport distances are involved.
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Terra preta: Soap bubble or soil saviour?
Who hasn’t dreamt of achieving top yields without fertiliser input? Black earth with 10 - 20% charcoal content - so-called »terra preta« promises just that. But there are still many hurdles to overcome before its application in practical farming.
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Winter 2013


Meat Production
Feed protein shortage in the long run

 

Politics and Markets

 

Feed protein stays scarce and dear

The past years saw an explosive expansion of protein feed availability. Despite this, protein seeds remained mainly scarce and dear. This situation will become more acute because demand continues to grow faster than production. Additionally, land for growing more protein crops is not available within the EU and this means it remains more productive and cheaper to import protein and produce more grain in Europe, exporting the surplus.

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Agribusiness

 

South Africa: Dairy Farming in a free market

Within seven years annual milk production from South African farms has increased by 20% to 2.6 bn litres in 2011. Average size of the country’s 2300 herds is 300 cows. Depending on region, dairy systems are either based on pure grazing or with TMR feeding. Dairy farms have to survive here without subsidies and there’s no quota system. South Africa is a net importer of milk products.

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Pig exports: Only the cost counts

Pig farming is a worldwide business that chooses its production areas where output is least costly. The price of transporting meat is so low that it’s an insignificant factor. Pig meat export is a mass market that cannot serve niche demands with their added value potential. Niche markets only work on a regional basis. This means the political introductions including increased animal welfare and freedom from antibiotics simply add to the costs of European producers.

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Portugal: Alqueva's water of live

The Alqueva dam in south Portugal should irrigate 120000 ha, helping eliminate the threat of drought in the sparsely populated Alentejo region and generating more prosperity through intensive agriculture. But the development is floundering due to the finance crisis. Wanted: more investors!

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Research & Innovation

 

30 years of GMO: A success story?

The great promises for human nutrition and the environment with which green genetic technology made its entrance 30 years ago have failed to materialise so far.  Instead, this technology was, and remains, the motor powering worldwide meat production. Gene technology nowadays mainly means the growing of soybeans as feed in North and South America.

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Autumn 2013


Technology Trends

Packed full with efficiency

Politics and Markets

Africa
Between hype and hunger

Africa impresses everyone with its high economic growth rates. At the same time the number of hungry people there remains greater than anywhere else in the world. But now the keyrole of agriculture on this continent is being gradually discovered.

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China
First soya now maize?

In the coming years China will consume more pork and will increase its own production in order to minimise imports. Soya and maize imports will rise as a result because home production of these crops is way behind demand and increasing only slowly. Imports of maize could definitely reach a level influencing world prices. – and benefiting European wheat growers.

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Agribusiness

In the Spotlight: Cooperatives

The EU Commission has its eye on cooperatives as a way of generating more »smart growth«. But what actually do cooperatives stand for nowadays? Do they represent a businessmodel or simply a traditional legal form? Nowadays when we think about cooperatives we increasingly come across big agribusinesses playing the international field.

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Research and Innovation

Tractors: More power – less pollution

The farm machinery sector booms. Over the last two years the number of new tractors registered worldwide hasn’t been as high for 30 years. The numbers are boosted through purchase of new tractors being brought forward before the next wave of mandatory exhaust emission reductions hikes prices. But manufacturers reckon this dynamic market for tractors will continue.

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Strip till – the open questions

Strip till: there’s hardly a cropping technique so avidly discussed. This is an approach that integrates the advantages of intensive soil cultivations with those of direct drilling. Experience is being gathered continuously here in Europe But more research is certainly needed.

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Summer 2013


World trade: The global players in food and feed supply

 

Politics and Markets

Core zones for crop production

Wheat, maize and oilseeds are grown in many parts of the world but the core areas tend to be in the northern hemisphere. But soybeans are different. Three-quarters of this crop’s growing area lies in the three countries USA, Brazil and Argentina. And half of the world’s grain maize area is to be found in the USA, Brazil and China. Such non-temperate regions conceal enormous risks for crop growing. The weather needs to fail just once and we teeter on the brink of global food production problems.


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Trade flows: Who supplies, who buys?

Trade flows have a great influence on global food supply. Various factors affect such flows: cost, gene technology and time of harvest. A total 550 m t agricultural produce  is annually traded over national borders. And because population density tends to develop most strongly where self-supply with grain and oilseeds is impossible, trade with agricultural wares will continue to increase.


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Europe and world hunger

There are 870 m chronically undernourished people in the world today. Among accepted reasons for this global hunger is the high level of meat consumption in wealthy countries as well as the use of food plants for bioenergy production. Also discussed in this context is the intensity of agricultural production in Europe. In three scenarios the effects of changes in consumption patterns, in bioenergy policies, and in agricultural productivity are investigated.


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Agribusiness

Soya imports: Demonised, but without alternatives

There’s increasing opposition to soybean imports in the EU. Reasons given are the clearing of rain forests and lack of availability of GM-free ware. Cultivation of legumes in Europe could reduce dependency on protein feeds from overseas. But the cost would be high.  


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Research and Innovation

What has "fracking" to do with farming?
Fracking has greatly upset price relationships between the various fuels in the USA. This has put the entire US ethanol programme in question and in turn will affect grain prices around the world. Prices for crude oil are also under pressure – and this indirectly affects all farming inputs.


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Spring 2013


Wheat research: 20 t within 20 years?

 

Politics & Markets

The deadly myth of Bt cotton

To blame all the problems of India’s small-scale farmers on Bt cotton is too one-sided. While it’s true that not everyone can profit from the use of genetically modified plants, the  Göttingenstudy shows there are more winners than losers in this respect and that, in the long term, gene technology can help small-scale farmers improve their living standards.

 

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Croatia – the EU's 28th country

On July 1 Croatia is to join the EU as 28th member country. It still looks like the country’s agriculture isn’t too ready for competition within the common market. Many small-scale farmers could lose their livelihoods. But the brothers Mirko and DrazenŠtefovic have made their farming business fit for the future. They also hope that, with EU accession, agricultural policies in Croatia will become more predictable.

 

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Agribusiness

Biogas in EU Agriculture

Biogas is currently the only established fermentation technology efficiently capable of utilising residual and waste agricultural material as well as energy crops. Even where biogas plants in the EU all operate under very different conditions, sinking payments for energy supply into the networks in Italy, complicated permission processes in Poland and quota models in Britain, there’s still a good possibility that installed EU performance of over 6000 MW is possible by 2020.

 

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Research & Innovation

More wheat equals moisture plus investment

Drought in the last growing season means that Kazakhstan has ended up with less than 1t/ha average wheat yield, the Russians with under 2t/ha.  From a worldwide point of view even »good year« harvests of over 4 t/ha tend to be the exception. Climate is only one of the reasons. Just as important is the intensity of cropping.  But to increase this means investing more capital. And that only pays when world market prices rise.

 

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Wheat: Is 20 t/ha possible?

The highest national average yield of wheat nowadays is achieved in Britain with around 8t/ha - although the yield potential there already lies at 15t/ha.  British researchers aim to increase this potential to 20t through breeding plants for more efficient photosynthesis und better nitrogen utilisation.


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Autumn/Winter 2012


Animal Production: Forward thinking – profitable progress

Politics & Markets

Animal feed: The real costs of replacing soya

Protein production from peas, field beans or lupins is often mentioned as an alternative to imported soya. But the legume crops need a lot of growing space in Europe meaning the advantages are less than they first appear. In fact in many areas just as much, or even more, protein per hectare is produced by wheat and oilseed rape.

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Bioenergy: Will the winning trend continue?

Biogas, wind and solar energy plants have experienced enormous growth rates in Germany over the last years. The result: nearly 20 % of energy consumption is now supplied from regenerative sources. But are the very ambitious future targets in this field realistic?  

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Agribusiness

Pig production: Too many hurdles in Eastern Europe

Pervading bureaucracy in Lithuania, livestock epidemics in Russia and Poland’s depleted pig population: problems are the main talking points wherever pig production in Eastern Europe is discussed. The solutions being sought in the respective countries were theme of this year’s European Pig Producer (EPP) congress in Lithuania.

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Belgium: Dairying in a divided country

Pervading bureaucracy in Lithuania, livestock epidemics in Russia and Poland’s depleted pig population: problems are the main talking points wherever pig production in Eastern Europe is discussed. The solutions being sought in the respective countries were theme of this year’s European Pig Producer (EPP) congress in Lithuania.
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Research & Innovation

China: Knowledge, technologie, productivity

Productivity of agriculture must be increased on a worldwide basis. Comparisons    conducted on a demonstration farm in northeastern China highlight the potential in this direction ready in modern technology and ”western“ management. But people remain the key factor for sustainable success in this respect so that technical possibilities can be optimally exploited.

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Summer 2012


Biofuels: An entire industry under threat

 

Politics & Markets

Biofuels: Do the sustainability sums add up?

Destruction of rainforests, biofuel blending quotas,fuel taxes – biofuels are currently the theme in hundreds of  discussions. At least one report even claims that the fuels from palms, soybeans – and from rapeseed too - are more climate-harmful than conventional mineral oil products. The controversy over biofuel and its environmental protection role sharpens in tone and could put the future of the whole sector in question.

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Agribusiness

Israel: Dairy management for record results

 

Continually growing population, scarce water resources and limited land force Israeli farmers to produce efficiently. The result is a great passion for innovation and high animal performance. The Israelis believe that the genetic potential of their cows is not yet exhausted and that there is still potential for improvement in management and utilisation of data.

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Group housing for sows: Another EU deadline missed by many

 

From January 1, 2013 all pregnant sows throughout the EU should be loose housed in groups. Already it’s pretty obvious that this will not work out as planned. Reasons, apart from the costs involved in reequipping, include the difficulties faced by farmers in getting timely planning approval. Despite this, pig breeders are advised to keep active in planning and preparations for the transition so that possible sanctions might be avoided.

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Research & Innovation

Bioplastics: Real alternative or wrong packaging?

 

Despite very rapid market growth, bioplastic represents only a small proportion of worldwide plastic sales so far.  And although Europe represents the most attractive market for bioplastic, production here doesn't play a great role. This means that, without political support, production capacity will rather continue to expand in South America and Asia especially. Additionally, plastics manufactured from renewable raw materials - but not degradable - have the greatest growth potential. But these are not any better than conventional plastics in terms of ease of disposal.  And even the disposal of degradable bioplastic has to be improved if this is to take full use of its advantages in ecological balance and resource savings.

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Fungicides: What ban on azoles would mean for farming

 

Few fungicides have proven so robust over the years as the azoles. But now new approval requirementsunder the »cut off« criteria place this group in the spotlight. Azoles are suspected of affecting human hormonal balance.But losing this fungicide group completely in Europe would lead to serious yield penalties with wheat, oilseeds and sugar beet.

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Spring 2012


Farmings's role: Food for everyone
Politics & Markets

Who's going to feed the world?
Since the end of October in 2011 seven billion people now live on Earth. Can we feed them all? It’s a huge challenge. But there’s a realistic chance that we can manage, although not necessarily through increasing harvests in Europe or North America. Instead, the extremely rapid shift of worldwide agricultural production into the developing countries has shown that farming there is capable of meeting the challenge by producing for their respective increased demands.

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Career: The right skills for the job

It’s been a long time since job opportunities for agricultural graduates have been so good. Despite this, applicants should consider early-on the when and how regarding entry into their career of choice. Apart from the required studies there are many additional factors significantly influencing any appointment decisions by businesses. A clear personal picture of one’s own aims and of the inputs looked for by employer as well as employee helps towards future success for both.

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Agribusiness

Increase in milking automation planned

The surveyeddairy farmers from 20 countries share a common ambition: reduction of milking time. This is because higher efficiency in milking offers all their businesses cost advantages that can be decisive. In the selection of milking technology automatic systems and carousels appear to be gaining market share while the old favourite, the herringbone parlour, loses influence.

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Research & Innovation

Research: Less chemistry, more crop breeding

New plant protection substances are urgently required. Worldwide, research investment increases but the companies involved prefer to invest outside Europe and rather in plant breeding than in plant protection. Increasingly fewer new active ingredients can be expected while gene technological solutions are socially unacceptable in Europe which means this continent’s importance in worldwide crop production falls behind in relative terms.


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Antibiotics: More questions than answers

An apparent wide variation in the use of veterinary antimicrobial agents between countries was observed in a survey. The differences could not be explained through the animal species demographics alone. Further analyses of use per species, age group, dosage, animal husbandry methods and country of slaughter are required to identify the factors underlying the observed differences.

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Winter 2011


EU greening policy: Clearing the fog


Politics & Markets

Planning a greener Europe

With its CAP recommendations for 2014 – 2020 the EU Commission attempts to address many demands and requirements. The most difficult: How to redistribute support funds between member countries and establishing new environment protection strategies.


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Aiming high for biofuel's future

The EU has big ambitions for biofuel. By 2020 10% of transport requirements is to be supplied through renewable energy. And to meet sustainability targets CO2 reductions involved will have to rise from today’s aim of 35% to 60% in just seven years! Urgently needed from now on is increased public acceptance for still higher bioethanol blends in petrol.


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Producing beef in Australia

Its huge annual output of meat, with 65% of all beef produced shipped abroad, means Australia is the world’s second largest exporter of beef after Brazil. Whether the subcontinent can maintain its position globally in this sector depends on feed costs and the weather, not forgetting the crucial currency exchange rates.


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Agribusiness


Livestock handling skills pay-off

The interaction of stockperson and farm animal influences the well-being of livestock and the possibility of their performing well. This is a relationship that can often be improved and there’s now a training programme developed in the Netherlands that can help.


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Updating farming's image

Straightforward campaigns explaining the details of farming are not enough to establish contact with consumers and communicate to them a positive picture of agriculture. In most cases there’s absolutely no interest in the naked facts. Instead, it’s far more important for the farmer to establish trust and to built up personal contacts, be it through direct marketing, tourism or involvement in local communities.


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Research & Innovation

Self-defence for plants

Particularly in oilseed rape production, pesticides nowadays struggle to control crop pests. But new GM methods now offer alternative possibilities for destroying selected pests without endangering beneficial insects.


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Autumn 2011


Agritechnica: Biggest farm machinery market worldwide

 

Politics & Markets

 

China 1: Land reform + mechanisation = self-sufficiency

New technology and new legislation for farmland: this could be the efficiency formula for Chinese agriculture in the coming decades. Efficiency is necessary, because everywhere there are signs of limitations to growth.

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China 2: The new entrepreneurs

China produces its own wheat and rice - for the human population. Maize and soybeans are imported - for the pigs. Main reason: animal production expansion is at full speed.

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China 3: Striving for more soya, maize and milk

China will chose its own way ahead - with or without advice based on European agricultural development. But offering our know-how and constructive assistance in this process could contribute towards optimal use of the limited resource farmland in China.

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Foreign farmland demand

When all the important agricultural imports and exports in food, feed and energy are considered, the EU has a farmland area requirement outwith its own borders of around 14.4 m ha. This represents the agricultural land area of Romania or 290 m2 per EU citizen.

 

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Agribusiness

 

Agricultural markets: Between finance and feelings

What counts is now! Important for market decisions is that these must be made in absolute detachment from earlier decisions. Feelings are of no importance here because price development for agricultural commodities depends on concrete factors. The main one is the supply situation. Because of the time span in agricultural production this cannot be rapidly adjusted. The result: marked fluctuations in price.

 

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Research and Innovation

 

Crop production: Giving the plant what it really needs

In recent years precision farming technology has encouraged development of a number of interesting production techniques towards optimal crop plant growth whilst sustainably protecting soil, moisture reserves and, not least, the farmer's wallet. There's no doubt that the final touches in such techniques are still missing. However, there are research projects occupied with further development in this respect and farm mechanisation progress to this end Is not standing still either. In the final analysis, however, it requires, as always, a few courageous pioneering farmers to develop the new systems in the field and prepare them for general application.

 

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Smart Farming: A new formula for success

Promising a lot, sold at high prices and producing little - precision farming has a bad name with many farmers. While the technology has made enormous advances in the last years, in most cases there’s still not the promised added value for the practical farmer.  In future, smart farming will take into more consideration crop production factors from many sources in order to place into the farmer’s hand reliable management decision aids.

 

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Summer 2011


Grain prices: Investor influence shakes the markets
Politics & Markets

North Africa: Europe's ag-partners in crisis

North Africa and the Middle East are not only popular holiday destinations. They are also very important customers for European agricultural produce. The exceptionally high population growth rate and the limited reserves of agriculturally productive land make these countries growth markets for the future.

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Investors' interest in agricultural commodities

Not only the producers, processors and consumers influence farm commodity prices. Investors and speculators from other sectors enter and influence the market via stock exchange funds which allow their capital onto the market. In this way, managers of hedge funds, index funds and ETFs all play a role in determining the price of agricultural commodities. 

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Agribusiness

Russia rediscovers rapeseed

Biodiesel in Western Europe could well be increasingly produced from (summer) rapeseed grown in Russia. Good prices have encouraged expansion of the growing area, although total amounts produced are still comparatively low.

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Pig prices: Who pays most? The European picture

In the EU’s most important pig production countries the respective corrected quotations for slaughter pig prices are sometimes very different from one another. The reasons for this include the respective currency exchange rates, export conditions and environment protection requirements. So despite higher prices in some countries, producer earnings there may still leave much to be desired.

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Dairy market: How much power has Fonterra?
The largest New Zealand dairy Fonterra is one of the biggest players in the world milk market. With two different strategies it is possible to identify clear evidence of market power being exerted by Fronterra in a series of customer countries. But where the EU and Australia are established as competitors in the respective customer countries the trade advantages for Fonterra are not so marked.

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Spring 2011


 

Protein problem - Europe seeks non-GM substitutes

 

Politics & Markets:

 

Protein: The bean everything depends on

There are plenty livestock farmers who would be very happy to feed their animals with GM-free protein. But worldwide it’s the GM varieties of soybeans that are expanding fast. Whereas in dairy cattle feeding the substitution of soymeal with homegrown rapeseed meal or legumes is possible, only a maximum of half the soya ingredients can be replaced in pig feed, usually through field beans or protein peas. Nowadays even these protein sources are becoming less available and therefore dearer. And soya from European cultivations is a very long way from covering demand.


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Agribusiness

 

Diversification: The plans and the pitfalls

Every farming business that wants to be still successful twenty years ahead must grow. There’s no such thing as general advice for all farms. Growth can be very diverse. It may take place through an increase in absolute size of business (specialisation in more hectares, more animals), through the addition of new farm enterprises (diversification), through the establishment of niche enterprises or through developing improved working efficiency on the basis of existing production factors. Every farmer must decide alone how the farm business growth is to take place.

 
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Research and Innovation

 

Wheat from the laboratory

Although classical breeding methods have already achieved much, trials involving application of genetic engineering indicate there’s a way to go before the yield potential of wheat is fully exploited. There’s also room for improvement in resistance against fusarium and other funguses. Unlike the Europeans, Americans set great store in GM wheat varieties, particularly as this could result in the crop being once again more attractive when competing with maize.

 

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Biofuels: Whatever happened to BtL and Co?

 

Expectations for second-generation biofuel are considerable. After all, this concept could help defuse the »plate or tank controversy“ through higher fuel production efficiency from a wide range of non-food sources. While this makes the end products such as biomethane, BtL and cellulosic ethanol attractive, a USDA report on the current development situation indicates that production is far more complicated and expensive than first thought.

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DLG: Shaping the future

 

The survival of mankind depends on modern agriculture. Despite this, effective agricultural production doesn’t fit with consumer perceptions. So what’s needed is a rational dialogue with the general public to ensure acceptable long term progress. This is a target the DLG has aimed for since its inception 125 years ago in order to shape the international future in a businesslike and responsible manner.

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Autumn 2010


 

Modern Animal Production: Moving into the future

 

Politics & Markets:

 

Russia: meat exports are the ultimate target

Russia’s livestock production is striving to emerge from its long depression. The country aims for rebuilding livestock numbers and improving animal performance – an important target supported by custom duties and subsidies and one that has to be achieved as rapidly as possible. Self-sufficiency in poultry may be possible within the next years. With the pig sector, this could take a little longer. But investment in these areas is considerably more interesting than in the milk production branch.


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Biofuel: More income from the blending trend?

In the beginning, biodiesel was a European development and bioethanol belonged to the US and Brazil. But while these lands remain the most important markets many other countries are stepping onto the biofuel stage and planning more natural power.


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Agribusiness

 

Snapshot Survey: Successor dilemma in milk production

European milk producers have a relatively optimistic view of the future and are continuing to invest in their businesses with land purchase and the building of biogas plants having a role in this respect. At the same time many smaller farms are planning to exit milk production  - one common reason being lack of successor for the business.

 
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National challenges for Europe's pig producers

Animal welfare laws, use of antibiotics, shortage of capital: European pig farmers face very different challenges in their respective countries to ensure competitive production with a reliable future for their businesses.


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EuroTier Focus


Welcome to EuroTier!

Innovations and trends: Gold and Silver medals

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