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“Ich liebe Maize in France”

Already trilingual, the Maize in France website will from now on be also available in German.

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Maize Day in Poland

Working with local entities such as the PZPK in Poland allows the F.N.P.S.M.S. to keep organising specific events and promoting the advantages of Western genetics.

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Crop Inspection 2020

In France, maize seed production involves observing a series of strict specifications, whose proper implementation is carefully monitored through on-site crop inspections. Valérie Brochet, Head of the F.N.P.S.M.S., summarises the report on the 2020 inspection, which she coordinated.

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World Maize Prices Rise

World maize prices have been rising since mid-summer. The trend is due to the unfavourable weather that damaged crops in many production regions, as well as to a very dynamic world demand.

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Grain, Feed, and Seed, Maize Production in Europe

Maize planted area increased strongly in the spring of 2020 throughout Europe. Although harvests are still ongoing, the first production estimates can already be outlined.

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Seed Maize Irrigation: Paying Attention Every Step of the Way

Seed Maize Irrigation: Paying Attention Every Step of the Way The French production sector offers a wide variety of growing conditions for seed maize, which is generally grown on irrigated land. Producers have a good command of the irrigation methods. However, the parental lines’ inherent sensitivity to water stress and the specific production itinerary of seed maize are factors that one must consider in order to get the optimum yield and required seed quality. Seed Maize Irrigation: Paying Attention Every Step of the Way (titre) Although the general make-up of maize hybrid crops in terms of water-stress exposure is not much different from that of their parental lines, each development stage presents specific characteristics that influence the plant’s behaviour ...

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The 2020/21 Production Campaign Starts Well for Maize Crops

The 2020/21 Production Campaign Starts off Well for Maize Crops (titre) While the beginning of spring was challenging at times, growth conditions are relatively favourable to maize crops in most of the major production regions. In Brazil, late-stage crop conditions for safrinha maize (second harvest, mostly destined for export) have been particularly good in Mato Grosso, the country’s main production state, which may offset yield reductions in the southern states caused by prolonged drought in first-quarter 2020. In the EU,...

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Maize – Leading Crop in the 2020 European Rotations

Maize, Leading Crop in the 2020 European Rotations. Seed Production Programme up for 2021 Plantings Maize has confirmed once again as a top choice with the European producers during the 2020 plantings. Its areas have increased in most European countries, both for grain and feed. EU-level maize areas should stand at 15,1 million hectares this year (up 2 percent). The trend is due to the difficult plantings in the autumn/winter of 2019. Thus grain maize has become an alternative to rapeseed in its own right, as well as to straw cereals, in several countries. Feed maize is also trending up, countering feed deficits in many countries, after several years of drought-stricken harvests. Planting conditions were dry in...

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Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Maize Prices down

A significant share of the U.S. maize production goes to the ethanol industry. However, ethanol prices are closely linked to petrol prices, which are currently plummeting. The sharp decline of fuel demand brought about by the Covid-19 has therefore resulted in a fall of maize prices.

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Maize Production Watch

At the end of March, France’s 2020 maize production programme was estimated up 16 percent compared to the previous year. The increase is also expected in the main EU countries competing on the maize market, as well as in the non-EU member countries, where the trend is clearly upwards. See the detailed estimates.

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