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Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor


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Is a Global Invasion of Crop Pests Coming?   

Greetings! We’ve had an amazing warm spell in the Chicago area that looks like could stick around for at least another week.

According to USDA, the Corn Belt forecast calls for dry conditions that should continue to promote corn and soy development and well as winter wheat planting. Conditions are especially good across the Upper Midwest, where above normal temps are expected to continue.

Coming on the heels of the 9th wettest summer on record for the US, continued rain last week led to minor improvements in drought conditions from the Southwest, through the Southern Plains, and into the Midwest. A near-complete lack of precipitation means drought continues largely unabated through California and along the West Coast.

US Drought Monitor

In news this week… a new study led by the University of Exeter says many of the world's most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends continue.

More than one-in-10 pest types can already be found in around half the countries that grow their host crops. If this spread advances at its current rate, scientists fear that a significant proportion of global crop-producing countries will be overwhelmed by pests within the next 30 years.

The study identifies the pests likely to be the most invasive in coming years, including:

  • Three species of root knot nematode whose larvae infect the roots of thousands of different plant species
  • Blumeria graminis, a fungus that causes powdery mildew on wheat and other cereals
  • Citrus tristeza virus (given its name meaning 'sadness' in Portuguese and Spanish by farmers in the 1930s) which had reached 105 of 145 countries growing citrus by 2000.

Click here to read more about the onslaught of pests (there is a cool map too!)

Last week, I attend Fall NAMA (National Agri Marketing Association) in Chicago where Bob Langert, McDonald’s VP, Global Sustainability, spoke to the group about McDonald’s efforts surrounding sustainability, with a focus on beef.

Langert shared that McDonald’s has five beef brands that are worth over a billion dollars annually:

  • Big Mac - $3.9 Billion
  • Double Cheeseburger – $2.3 Billion
  • Cheeseburger - $2.2 Billion
  • Quarter Pounder - $2.0 Billion
  • McDouble - $1.9 Billion

To see my interview with Bob, click here.

Have a great week!


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