Rural Vancouver, British Columbia.
Photo by michael_swan @ FlickrCC.
AEM and Rosagromash reported new monthly numbers of year-to-date combine and tractor sales for the U.S., Canada and Russia.
As you can see, the first graph represents the total tractor sales for each of the countries, and the second is total self-propelled combine unit sales numbers.
YTD tractor sales for September for the U.S. are up 12.1 percent. Russia’s total tractor sales were down 9.4 percent YTD August. And Canada’s tractor total sales were up 8.9 percent YTD September over 2012. In all three countries, the units sold were primarily 2 wheel drive units versus 4 wheel drive units.
The U.S. combine sales were up 16.4 percent YTD September over 2012. Canada’s combine sales were down 1.4 percent YTD September over 2012 figures, according to AEM. And Russia’s combine total sales were down 41.7 percent over 2012 YTD August, according to Rosagromash.
One might expect sales are peaking here in the U.S., if grain commodity prices remain lower due to global competition, decreased exports, and a possible reduction of the ethanol mandate — as farm profit margins could decrease in the near term.
Below, are today’s three chosen agricultural-related news picks.
1) Canadian Prairie Crops Bursting at the seams this Season: By Jennifer Graham. “the highest all-wheat yield in the last 10 years was about 42 bushels per acre and this year it is expected to be about 49 bushels per acre. … Mr. Townsend said estimates are that the six major grains in Western Canada – wheat, oats, barley, rye, flax and canola – could produce 61.4 million tonnes this year. The previous nine-year average was about 47.7 million tonnes…”
2) Surplus Grains in the UK: “It is not just milling wheat which the UK (unlike most other countries) faces a surplus of. In oats too, the country has an unusually large surplus which is confronting farmers, and traders, with what Robert Leachman, oats trader at Gleadell, says is a ‘serious situation’ on how to find homes for the grain…”
3) Palmer Amaranth Super-weeds: By Kurt Lawton. “Before you run that combine through every acre of your fields, I’d highly recommend reading “Resistant Palmer amaranth hits the Midwest.” This weed is a game changer, and if left unchecked without multiple herbicide modes of control, you can literally lose a field in three years’ time.”
BONUS: Carole King — A Natural Woman’s Idaho property is for sale. (Photo above.)
This news post was written and compiled by K. McDonald.
● Bill Reinert, national manager of advanced technology for Toyota, spoke in Boulder recently about Peak Oil, when it is expected to peak, and about the future of cars. (Daily Camera)
● Demand for edible oils is climbing to a record as drought damages crops across South America, leaving buyers with the smallest stockpiles in three decades. (BusinessWeek)
● Farmers must spend more on herbicides as effectiveness fades … “I’ve gone from budgeting $45 an acre just two years ago to spending more than $100 an acre now to control weeds,” said Mississippi farmer John McKee, who grows corn, cotton and soybeans on his 3,300-acre farm in the Delta. (USA Today)
● A decade ago, Iowa’s 22 million acres were evenly divided between corn and soybeans. But this year, 14.6 million acres will be planted for corn, while soybean plantings, which were 11 million acres a decade ago, will be just 8.8 million acres this year. (DesMoines Register)
● Jim Rogers: “Someday it’s going to be that America will be producing tens of thousands of agriculture graduates, as we did once upon a time, and there are not going to be many MBAs.” (Yahoo finance)
● Contrary to popular belief, ”food miles”, or the distance food has travelled before we buy it, is a poor indicator of our food’s total greenhouse gas emissions, or ”carbon footprint”. (SMH)
● Scientists unlock indigenous secret to sustainable agriculture in the Amazon’s savannas (Mongabay)
● DuPont opened a $40 million plant genetics research facility in Johnston, Iowa this month. (4-traders)
● The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins (environment360)
● Live From the Cutting Room Floor (Mark Bittman – NYTs)
● University of Calcutta has developed the nation’s first genetically engineered(GE) drought resistant rice variety, a top Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) official said … According to ICAR, India can now develop variety of drought tolerant wheat, rice and maize. (Outlook India)
● Thirty-five people, aged 18 to 30, from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom are spending five to seven months on farms in Canada learning and living agriculture as part of the AgriVenture Global international exchange program. (The StarPhoenix)
● There were two recent Food/Ag Room-for-Debates: