October 02, 2015

02/10/2015: Soyatech news

Legumex Walker sells specialty crops division to the Scoular Company
Legumex Walker has agreed to sell its Specialty Crop Division to The Scoular Company for C$94 million plus the amount of net working capital at closing.
      
Australia's Heritage Feed in danger of closing due to lack of supply
Australia’s largest manufacturer of organic stockyard feed mill is in danger of closing due to the lack of organic grain supplies.

USDA awards 21 states grants to fund biofuel infrastructure upgrades
The USDA has announced that 21 states will be receiving grants that will fund the doubling of pumps offering intermediate blends of ethanol across the US.

      
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Brazil's agribusiness sector booming amid economic strife
Despite rampant inflation, loss of investment grade, and budget deficits, Brazil’s agricultural production is booming and export markets are widening.

India's summer-sown corn production to be cut 15 percent by drought
India's summer corn crop is estimated to be down by 15 percent year on year due to drought, and the decline could help strengthen global corn prices.

University of Adelaide launches new wheat research hub
The University of Adelaide has launched a new $11.4 million wheat research hub for the development of wheat varieties designed to thrive in Australia's climate. 


Grain is focus of Chinese tour of Australia
Indicating China's growing interest in Australian grain origination, a delegation of leaders from some of the country’s top corporations are touring and meeting with Australia’s grain farms, processing facilities and traders.


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We Have Heard: 
  • The Australian Department of Agriculture and Food’s MyCrop app now includes a variety selector, which includes information on old and new varieties of wheat and barley taken from sowing guides for Western Australia, according to Senior Research Officer, Sally Peltzer.
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  • A report published by ecologists Josiah Maine and Just Boyles on September 14 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, states that bats help protect corn from pests and fungal infections by eating corn earworm moths. When access to an Illinois corn field was blocked to bats, the corn within the field contained 56 percent more damaged kernels and 59 percent more corn earworm larvae compared to unblocked fields.       
  • Representatives of Mexico’s soybean traders, processors, and a dairy farm are touring the states of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota, with the goal of building relationships within the industry, and to observe how U.S. soybeans are grown and processed. The tour has been organized by the states’ soybean boards and Ag Processing Inc.
  • Abares, Australia’s official crop bureau, lifted its estimate for the country’s 2015/16 wheat exports on a July to June basis by 1.07 million tons to 17.52 million tons, representing a year on year increase of 1 million tons.

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