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Category: Cash Crop

Review of the 2017 crop season: Crop production often a tight margin business

inspection of rice plants

From June 4th to 7th about 50 international agricultural economists met in Beijing for the annual agri benchmark Cash Crop Conference which was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. All in all, crop production remains a tight margin business, some – mainly EU farms – even struggle to cover their cash and depreciation costs. Hence, reducing cost is of upmost importance for ma[more]

Category: Pig

Loose house sow keeping in piglet production


Based on agri benchmark Pig data different scenarios in regard of sow husbandry were calculated to learn about the economic effects of improving animal welfare in a typical piglet production farm in northern Germany. According to the requirements of the Animal Husbandry Ordinance, sows must be kept in groups for a period of more than four weeks after insemination until seven days before the calcu[more]

Category: Beef and Sheep

Can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remain profitable at the same time?

argentinian feedlot

Agriculture has been identified as a contributor to global GHG emissions. In beef production methane emissions from enteric fermentation of ruminants are in the focus. Production systems with relatively low productivity, as they are often found in developing and emerging countries, appear to have a particular high potential to reduce GHG emissions. Studies on mitigation of GHG often focus on tec[more]

Category: Organic

Organic boom goes on

arable stripes greening

Against 11 million hectares in 1999, organic agricultural land surfaces have more than quintupled to amount up to 57.8 million hectares in 2018 while the organic market sextupled from 15.2 billion US Dollars in 1999 to almost 90 billion US Dollars at the end of 2016. These are figures out of the latest global data on organic farming that were presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agricult[more]

Category: Fish

Small scale carp farms need more than region-marketing in order to thrive


The marketing of carp regions attracts many visitors. But agri benchmark Fish studies show that these initiatives have not an significant impact on small scale carp farms´ profitability yet. Carp farmers face many challenges: changed consumers’ preferences; price competition; value chain’s imbalances; poor willingness to adapt innovations; lack of farm successors; high fish losses [more]

Category: Pig

End of the dry spell: situation of the pig sector looks brighter

historical poster

After a few years of downturn in many countries, the year 2016 showed positive signs for the profitability of pig production in many countries. At the same time, the global trade of pork and side-products is expanding further. These were key results of the annual Pig Conference which was run jointly by the two networks agri benchmark Pig und InterPIG in Wageningen. Both networks agreed a long-term[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Profitable crop production in Russia, Ukraine and Argentina will boost output and exports; European producers ahead of serious changes in their cropping systems

wheat exports germany

From June 12th to 15th more than 50 international agricultural economists met in Berlin for the annual Cash Crop Conference; this year´s conference was managed by the agri benchmark headquarter team at the Thünen Institute, Braunschweig, Germany. During this conference, economic results for 2016 crop production and related outlook for 2017 and ahead were presented. The first key finding: Due[more]

Category: Organic

China and USA: Big and small in organic cereal production at the same time

wheat field

China and the USA are the biggest organic cereal producers worldwide in terms of area under cultivation. But it is worthwhile to take a closer look on this fact. It´s true, China and USA dispose over the largest surfaces for organic cereal production in hectares. But their respective shares in organic cereal areas were the smallest among the 10 largest organic cereal producing countries in 2014-2[more]

Category: Organic

European organic farming does not keep pace with growing demand


In the EU, the total value of the organic retail market doubled from 11.1 billion Euro in 2005 to 24 billion in 2014, the number of organic producers and processors grew by nearly 50 percent from 207,000 to 308,000 over the same period. Obviously, the market for organic products is growing faster than the production. Therefore, the question has been raised how to close the gap between demand and s[more]

Category: Fish

Danish RAS trout farms remain competitive thanks to productivity growth

Danish trout farm

The Danish trout sector is traditionally dominated by pond aquaculture. The tightening of environmental regulations in recent decades has led to an ongoing restructuring of the Danish trout farming: Larger farms using recirculating techniques internalize the costs of effluent discharge and enhance productivity. With an annual production in 2014 of 30,400 tonnes Denmark is one of the leading trout[more]

Category: Pig

agri benchmark Pig Report 2016: lots of pigs, lot of know-how


The first issue of the agri benchmark Pig Report 2016, compiled by the international expert network of agri benchmark Pig provides facts and figures on global pig production. Nowadays, consumers and politicians have a critical view on animal production in domestic and international markets. Against this background, independent and reliable information on production, consumption, economics and bur[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Economic pressure on global grain producers continues – Thai small holder based crop production very dynamic and competitive

hosts of CCC 16

Lower commodity prices put pressure on crop producers globally in 2015 – but currency devaluations against the US Dollar softened the blow for producers in some parts of the world. This was one of the key findings from this year’s annual agri benchmark Cash Crop Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, which was jointly organized by the Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT), the Thailand Research[more]

Category: Beef and Sheep

Beef and sheep farming with lower profitability - Spain is moving towards exports of beef and sheep

Global Forum BSC16

Compared with other meats and milk, beef and sheep results looked relatively favourable in the last years. With prices for the two red meats eventually decreasing in 2015, profitability worsened in most countries. This was one of the main conclusions of the agri benchmark Beef and Sheep Conference 2016 hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) and its public se[more]

Category: apple

Apple production costs are expected to rise due to minimum wage


Apple production is characterized by intensive labor use. Manual work is required for pruning, fruit thinning and harvest and usually carried out by rather low-paid unskilled seasonal workers. Although wages differ widely between the countries in the agri benchmark Horticulture network, the importance of hired labor costs is very similar at a level of about 25% of total costs. The introduction o[more]

Category: Cash Crop

Irrigation pays off for corn production

irrigation corn

Irrigation is commonly accepted as an important strategy to enhance productivity of crops. But besides legal and technical issues related to water access, irrigation requires substantial investments. Therefore, a close look is needed to answer the question whether it is interesting to invest in irrigation to produce corn.  Samuel Balieiro has analysed the overall effect of irrigation for cor[more]

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