Monday, April 4th 2011 - 06:44 UTC

Paraguay’s 2010/11 soy bean crop could reach 8.4 million tons

In 2001, the area planted with soybeans in Paraguay was 1.350.000 hectares

Paraguay’s 2010/11 soy bean crop covers 2.830.000 hectares (twice the area ten years ago) and the expected yield is between 2.900 and 3.100 kilos per hectare according to the latest satellite pictures in hands of the Paraguayan Chamber of Grains and Oilseed Exporters, Capeco.
So far the record yield dates back to 2003 with a national average of 2.915 kilos.

Monday, April 4th 2011 - 04:19 UTC

FAO alerts on three pesticides and industrial chemicals

Gramoxone Super containing paraquat dichloride is used to control weeds in cotton, rice and maize

United Nations chemical experts have recommended that two pesticides - endosulfan and azinphos methyl - and one severely hazardous pesticide formulation - Gramoxone Super - be included in the Rotterdam Convention's Prior Informed Consent procedure.

Sunday, March 27th 2011 - 05:13 UTC

Paraguayan economy expands an all time record of 15.3% in 2010

The farming sector is crucial for the landlocked country’s economy

Boosted by agriculture Paraguay's economy grew an all time record of 15,3% in 2010, following on a 3.8% contraction in 2009, according to the latest release from the Central bank.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011 - 08:19 UTC

Argentina’s 2010/11 harvest estimated at over 100 million tons

Wheat had the best performance soaring from 8 million to 14.7 million tons

Argentina’s 2010/2011 grains and oilseeds harvest is estimated to have reached 100.46 million tons, which is above last year’s according to the latest technical report from the Ministry of Agriculture released this week.

Monday, March 21st 2011 - 22:17 UTC

US farmers concerned with Mercosur expanding farm exports to Colombia

Andres Espinosa, Senior Advisor to the Colombian Minister of Agriculture

United States farmers have called on the US government to approve the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama because Mercosur countries are taking a bigger share of US agriculture exports to those countries.

Monday, March 21st 2011 - 21:41 UTC

EU farm ministers support strong CAP with “proportional financial resources”

Europe's agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos

European Union agriculture ministers at the weekend rejected capping subsidies to Europe's biggest farms but compromised on a fairer share-out of funds between farmers in Eastern and Western Europe.

Friday, March 18th 2011 - 18:51 UTC

Brazil planning to increase grain crop to 190 million tons in next decade

Agriculture minister Wagner Rossi says Brazil has 120m hectares of degraded soil can be recovered

Brazil stands on the brink of becoming an agricultural superpower and is one of the few countries in the world with the climate, technology, farming practices and the sheer quantity of land to be able to satisfy the surging global appetite for food in the coming decades.

Friday, March 11th 2011 - 00:53 UTC

Decline of bees’ colonies threatens pollination, essential for growing more crops

Scientists are warning that without profound changes to the way human-beings manage the planet declines in pollinators needed to feed a growing global population are likely to continue.

More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe.

Tuesday, March 8th 2011 - 00:08 UTC

Irish farmers occupy EU offices in Dublin to protest trade talks with Mercosur

John Bryan, president of the Irish Farmers' Association

Irish farmers occupied Monday afternoon the offices of the European Commission in Dublin, over fears of a multibillion-Euro threat to the livestock industry from Mercosur.

Saturday, March 5th 2011 - 03:29 UTC

USDA downplays upbeat forecasts of Argentine soybean harvest

Insufficient water at the right moment is partly to blame

US Department of Agriculture attaches in Buenos Aires have warned against upbeat forecasts for Argentina's soybean harvest, saying many farms missed out on crop-reviving rainfall.


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