India’s wheat planting area expected to surpass last year’s

INDIA – India, the world’s second-largest producer of wheat, expects wheat planting to surpass last year's 31 million hectares due to the improved water availability and better soil moisture. According to the officials, wheat planting had begun in irrigated parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and will pick up in other regions, including Punjab and…

Alberta Wheat Commission elects chairman of Canadian Wheat Research Coalition

CANADA – Alberta Wheat Commission has elected Terry Young, as the inaugural chairman of the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition, which was formed to facilitate long-term investments aimed at improving profitability in wheat farming. Reiter, director of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC), has been elected vice-chair, while Jefferies, a director at the Manitoba Wheat and…

Officials cut Aussie wheat hopes, but stand by export forecasts

AUSTRALIA - US officials stood by expectations for near-average Australian wheat exports this season, despite following other commentators in downgrading their estimate for the drought-hit harvest to a 10-year low. The US Department of Agriculture's Canberra bureau cut to 20.0m tonnes its estimate for the newly-started harvest, citing the "poor rainfall and high temperatures across…

Zim pays farmers US$400m for grain deliveries

ZIMBABWE - Government has so far paid close to $400 million to farmers after they delivered 1,1 million tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board. This comes after Treasury upped weekly disbursements to GMB to about $40 million to farmers every week to boost farmers' preparations for the 2017 /2018 summer cropping season. Agriculture,…

UK wheat harvest beats forecasts, easing ideas of supply squeeze

UK - The UK wheat harvest rebounded more than had been expected this year, official data showed, easing ideas of a squeeze on supplies which spurred calculations of the UK remaining a net importer of the grain. The UK, the European Union's third-ranked wheat grower, raised wheat production by 5.4% this year to 15.16m tonnes,…

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest. Growers will probably reap 16.74 million metric tons of corn in the 2016 to 2017 season, Lusani Ndou, a senior statistician at the Pretoria-based Crop Estimates Committee, said by…