Milling & Grains

Wheat cultivars respond differently to drought conditions at different growth stages, find researchers

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Drought damage, dwarf cereals, nitrogen application

By Nicola Cottam

Drought damages wheat in late stages of development, dwarf cereals winning the battle against fusarium crown rot, and nitrogen application lowers phenol concentrations.

FAO senior program officer: 'Countries have to determine or decide that agriculture is a priority'

FAO: Eco-friendly farming can bridge yield gaps

By Nicola Cottam

Smallholder farms can boost yields by as much as 130% with sustainable management techniques around irrigation and fertilizer use, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation


The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw Jones of Rothamsted Research.

The tonnage of home grown wheat that was milled this year was up 25% on the previous year

Commodity reports: DEFRA

DEFRA: We’ll see a gradual switch back to UK wheat

By Kacey Culliney

UK wheat production had a strong year that should spark a gradual shift back to local sourcing, says the Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as it published its latest cereal usage statistics.

Neither biotech nor environmental groups have welcomed the agreement

EU deal would allow member states to ban GM crops


The European Parliament and member states have agreed rules to allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, even when they are approved at EU level.

David Livingston says developing a winter-hardy oat variety, however, is a complex task that will require further research

Imaging technique could help develop hardier oat varieties

By Anna Bonar

Oat growers should be able to better understand freezing in oats and develop hardier varieties thanks to a novel imaging technique, says its developer David Livingston from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

More than 2,000 tonnes of EU quinoa will be marketed in 2015 - a scale-up driven by a need to cater to demand, says Wageningen UR

EU quinoa plays catch-up with demand

By Nicola Cottam

European growers are ramping up quinoa production as demand in the region outstrips supply from traditional South American sources.

Sprouted flours are ‘the next big thing” Baker Peter Reinhart predicts

Oldways Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers conference

Sprouted flours are ‘the next big thing,” baker Peter Reinhart predicts

By Elizabeth Crawford

Sprouted grain flour is gaining traction with food manufacturers and consumers alike thanks to its sweeter taste, longer shelf life, increased nutrient bioavailability and overall better baking experience, claims Peter Reinhart, a chef and cookbook author. 

While 76% of farmers are happy with the state of business, 45% think small farmers will disappear by 2019

Tough agriculture: Small producers to disappear?

By Nicola Cottam

Farmers globally believe small producers will ‘disappear’ from the agricultural landscape over the next five years, while those remaining will have to contend with tougher regulations and global water shortages, findings suggest.

Whole Grains Council food and nutrition director: “One thing that makes teff stand out among grains is its ability to grow well in both dry and waterlogged soil - a handy trait as we see more extremes in weather events in many parts of the world'

Market potential: Is teff worth a punt?

By Nicola Cottam

Ethiopian teff grain is highly nutritious and versatile, presenting huge potential as an alternative crop in developed countries, says the Whole Grain Council.


Plans to enhance the durability of durum wheat

By Nicola Cottam

Scientists and wheat breeders in Canada are working together on a 5-year project to make it easier and faster to develop new generations of resistant durum wheat.

'Unless farmers share experience and collaborate to address these key challenges the grains industry will face growing uncertainty over the quality and size of the UK harvest,' said Richard Laverick of HGCA.

Interview with Richard Laverick - head of regional development at HGCA

HGCA’s Monitor Farm programme set to expand

By Anna Bonar

The UK-wide programme run by the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) is set to expand this autumn adding eight more arable farms to its scheme.

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