Corn and soybean prices are at all-time highs globally, according to a recent World Bank report, causing global food prices to increase by 10 percent and creating severe budget challenges in the Middle East and Africa.
The World Bank said the ongoing drought and dry summers in the U.S., Russia and India are the major cause, resulting in $300-per-metric-ton corn — twice the price of 2010. Soybeans have doubled to more than $600 per metric ton in five years. The World Bank's report is similar to that of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, which said in August that rising grain, corn and sugar prices drove up its food price index by 6 percent.
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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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