Global corn production is now expected to be at 833 million metric tons for the 2012–2013 harvest year, down from August's prediction of 838 million metric tons and 2011–2012's 875 million metric tons, according to the International Grains Council. The latest drop comes from a drop in the EU's corn production, now expected to come in at 55 million metric tons compared to an August prediction of 59.9 million metric tons.
Hot and dry weather damaged Europe crops even more than estimated, shrinking an already reduced global harvest from its July forecast of a record 917 million metric tons. This added to the worst U.S. drought in over 50 years, which has caused corn prices to rise 49 percent since mid-June on the Chicago Board of Trade, reaching a record $8.49 per bushel on August 10. “Demand is likely to fall given tight supplies and high prices, with both feed and industrial use expected to decline,” said the International Grains Council.
World wheat output was also revised down, at 657 million metric tons from 662 million metric tons in August, as dry weather harmed crops in the Black Sea region. Farmers harvested a record 696 million metric tons in 2011. In contrast, global production of soybeans could reach 256 million metric tons in the 2012–2013 season, up 8 percent from 2011–2012.
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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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