Anonymous asked: How will wheat farmers in Australia adapt?
Well, there are several options. Most include increasing subsidies for losses, removing subsidies that incentivize growing wheat, changing water consumption habits, adopting GMO to increase yields, invest in new storage technologies to extend post-harvest shelf-life.
Ultimately, farmers around the world face a significant shifts in the types of crops they can grow. So, it seems as thought wheat will grow more hardily in other countries. It’ll be worse in Australia. They could simply start to switch out their crops to something more local and import cheaper wheat.
Those are, of course, the basics. I’ll have to defer you to some free resources by the experts:
Wholesale prices on the East Coast for turkeys are up 26 percent this year to a record $1.18. The sweltering summer killed some turkeys and slowed weight gain for others. The two main commodities that go into a turkey are feed corn and soybeans. Prices for both have gone up sharply in the last year.
The U.S. is reaping its smallest corn harvest in three years after a drought damaged what was a record crop as recently as July, driving annual prices to an all-time high and curbing an expansion in global food supplies. The USDA probably will cut its corn forecast for a fourth consecutive month after yields were curbed by the hottest summer since 1955 in the Midwest, the main growing region. Farmers contended with extreme growing conditions this season. Average temperatures in the Midwest were as much as 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in July, and some farms from Illinois to Indiana were the driest ever that month. [WSJ ; BusinessWeek]
The first harvest of rice of 2011 for the residents of Maria Socorro and Baludbud Barangays in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte. Usually, they’d be harvesting their 2nd yield by September, but increasing frequency of strong rains and floods washed out their crops in January. Absence of post-harvest facilities add to the problem; since the grains are left to dry on roads—uneven and easily blown away by passing vehicles and wind—wastage is as high as 30 percent.
WICHITA | The industry trade group Kansas Wheat says the state’s winter wheat harvest has moved as far north as Ottawa County.
The group reported in its latest harvest report Thursday that farmers brought in 10,000 bushels of wheat in Ottawa County before a rain shower Thursday morning stopped harvest for the day.
Meanwhile, severe drought and a late-season hailstorm have wreaked havoc in Grant County.
Justin Lueck of United Prairie Ag in Ulysses told the group that it expected just 20 percent of a normal harvest at its nine locations. Yields have ranged from five to 25 bushels per acre, with test weights of about 60 pounds per bushel.
Farmer Scott Van Allen said yields in Sumner County have been better than expected. His crop averaged 35 bushels per acre.
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