Agriculture News from Week 19


New Zealand

There seems to be reasons to be optimistic about where agriculture is heading, says Guy Trafford. Except for a tone-deaf MPI. The next focus will be the election campaigns

This week has certainly brought a bit more cheer into the world of agriculture. For large parts of the country rain has finally fallen (here included) - although the accompanying snow has lowered temperatures rather dramatically. Meat schedules have also been largely static with even a couple of small lifts.

Farmers likely to feel effects of drought throughout winter

While the drought in Nelson-Tasman has been broken, for some farmers the effects of the dry weather may be felt until springtime. The lateness of the drought, combined with the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown, has meant many farmers are short on feed for their livestock as they head into winter.

Farmers adapting to online stock sales

The Covid-19 crisis is accelerating moves towards holding livestock sales online. Nearly 2000 farmers have signed up to buy and sell animals through virtual saleyard, Bidr, a subsidiary of PGG Wrightson, during the lockdown, PGG Wrightson general manager of livestock Peter Moore said.


New sensor technology to add value for pulse growers

RESEARCHERS hope a joint project between Agriculture Victoria and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) will allow farmers to value add their pulse crops. Work is being done by Agriculture Victoria to develop new sensor technologies that will be able to be used on-farm to allow better segregations of pulses.

Australia-Indonesia trade pact to take effect July 5

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - A free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia is set to take effect July 5 following the May 7 announcement that Indonesia has completed its domestic ratification process. Simon Birmingham, Australia's minister for trade, tourism and investment, said the landmark trade deal, known as the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), will enhance export opportunities and deliver significant benefits for Australian farmers, businesses and investors.

Positive results with biofungicide

WITH more and more regulatory scrutiny on fungicide products the agriculture sector is desperately looking at different means of controlling damage fungal disease outbreaks. Research out of Europe and North America, conducted on grapes, has seen some promising breakthroughs with the development of a biological form of fungicide that achieves good control of botrytis.

South America

Argentina 2020/21 wheat planting seen at 6.7 mln hectares - exchange

BUENOS AIRES, May 4 (Reuters) - Argentina's soon-to-be-planted 2020/21 wheat growing area is expected at 6.7 million hectares, 1.5% more than in the previous season thanks in part to favorable expected crop weather, the Bahia Blanca Grains Exchange said on Monday.Argentina is a leading world wheat exporter and the port city of Bahia Blanca is located in the south of Buenos Aires province, the country's main wheat-growing region.

Global Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture Industry (2020 to 2026) - Developing Countries to Offer Significant Growth Opportunities

Dublin, May 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture Market by Technology (Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Predictive Analytics), Offering (Software, Hardware, AI-as-a-Service, and Services), Application, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2026" report has been added to's offering.

Cabandié: 'We all have to move toward more sustainable practices'

Upon taking office in early December, Alberto Fernández decided to shake up the structure of the national government. Among the changes was a move to upgrade the environment portfolio to a ministry, an area previously relegated to a secretariat by former president Mauricio Macri, the Peronist leader's predecessor.

Food Updates

ADM addresses food insecurity, first responder support

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, US - Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) is tackling food insecurity, hunger relief and supporting first responders with an $800,000 donation. "These are unprecedented times, and ADM is committed to doing our part to help address the tremendous need around the world right now," said Juan Luciano, chairman and chief executive officer of ADM.

New patents for wheat involve shelf life, gluten levels

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, US - The US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded four patents to Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. Two of the patents relate to extending the shelf life of whole wheat by minimizing hydrolytic and oxidative rancidity. Arcadia Biosciences also received notices of allowance for two additional patents that extend earlier claims surrounding the extended shelf life of wheat and reduced gluten grains.

Ingredion launches sugar substitute made from erythritol

Ingredion has launched Erysta, the company's new sweetener made from an erythritol polyol that has undergone a fermentation process, according to Food Ingredients First. The sugar alcohol is 70% as sweet as sugar and can be found naturally in some fruits and vegetables.