Argentina's corn producers are asking the government to lift the cap on exports, saying they can boost output by up to 60 percent to take advantage of rising foreign demand due to the U.S. drought.
Growers could produce up to 31 million metric tons of corn in the 2012–2013 season if a 15 million-ton cap on exports is lifted, said the Argentine Association of Regional Consortia for Agricultural Experimentation. Production in the current 2011–2012 crop year is estimated at 19.3 million metric tons, according to the Buenos Aires Cereals Exchange. “This should be the corn year for Argentina,” said the association. “Should the government announce the entire lifting of corn export quotas, farmers would have enough confidence to increase their planting.”
Argentina increased its quota in July from 10.5 million metric tons.
extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
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