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Agriculture news & innovations: What to expect for in 2013

2012 will be remembered as the year of the big drought, which affected the price of commodities, especially corn and soybean. What can we expect for in 2013?

Agriculture news & innovations: What to expect for in 2013

As 2012 draws to an end, the agriculture world starts concluding the major events and turnovers that affected it over the last 12 months. This post will present some of these conclusions, alongside predictions for the year to come. 

I wish you a happy new year. 



2012: the year of the drought 

USA will remember this year as the year of the drought and the extreme weather conditions: 

Australia will remember 2012 as an eventful year, in which consumers increased the influence over the way farmers produce food: 


2013: The agri markets will remain volatile 

2013 commodities outlook: According to Rabobank, the agri markets will remain volatile, particularly in the grain and oilseed markets: 

The drought makes 2013 uncertainty particularly acute: 

Are the corn and soybean on their way to pre-drought price levels? 

USDA predicts decrease to 2012-13 citrus crop: 

Thailand is set to be the world's biggest rice exporter, as a result of the governmental plan to lift farm income. According to the USDA, Thailand will export 8 million tons of milled rice in 2012-2013: 


Debates about the future of agriculture & fertilizers: 

According to the British investor Jeremy Grantham, we are about to face shortage in phosphorous and potassium. In response, the world's phosphate reserves claim there are enough phosphates to produce fertilizers for the next 300-400 years 

Feeding 9 billion people without using fertilizers will lead to an irreparable damage to biodiversity: 

Photos by: Daniel Mandowsky, Haifa South America agronomist

Agriculture news & innovations: What to expect for in 2013

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