Global wheat yields will decrease amid global warming, the Guardian newspaper said this week, which drew its conclusions from a recent study published in Nature Climate Change.
Researchers found that wheat yields would decrease 6% for every 1 degree Centigrade increase in temperature. The Guardian concludes the world's weather will warm by 2 degrees C, with some forecasts saying up to 5 degrees.
Using USDA's latest global wheat production forecast, a 6% drop in yield would cut global production by about 1.6 billion bushels.
The 53 scientists involved in the study were from all over the world and their tests applied 30 years of historical climate data to 30 wheat-producing locations.
Egypt to Import Less Wheat in 2015 – Newspaper
Egypt expects to import 4 million to 5 million metric tons of wheat in 2015, down from 6 million in 2014, the president of Egypt's Agricultural Professions Syndicate told Daily News Egypt.
Egypt is the largest importer of wheat, but has been trying to produce more of its own grain.
The Syndicate's Abdel-Salam Gomaa told the Daily News that increased domestic production and decreased usage will mean Egypt will import less wheat in 2015. He also forecast the country's production at 10 million metric tons, up from 9 million in 2014.
China approves imports of GMO corn, soy varieties – Reuters
China this week approved for import Syngenta's Viptera GMO corn and a DuPont Pioneer GMO soybean variety, Reuters said this week, quoting the seed companies.
The approvals should smooth crop export sales to China, which were disrupted in the past year as some corn shipments were rejected because they contained the GMO trait. The rejections also applied to shipments of distillers dried grains, a feed byproduct of ethanol production.