Grain Production Actually on the Up… But so is Consumption.

Now I know the subject of grain production in 2012 has generally been approached with sighs and groans but we here at IMD HQ have received a release from the WorldWatch Organisation that has made for very interesting reading.

Despite climactic problems in pretty much every farming region across the world this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has suggested that the Global grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4 billion tons in 2012.

This comes as stark contrast to the early indications which had seen fears of a low quality grain harvest grow. In fact according to the report this is an increase of 1% from 2011 levels and that’s not all. The production of grain for animal feed is growing the fastest- a 2.1% increase from 2011.

According to the International Grains Council 571 million tons were used last year for human consumption, with India consuming a grand 89 million tons.

However it is no secret that fierce drought in the Great Plains of USA have severely altered estimates on Maize production this year where it is most productive (in 2011 it was expected to reach a record 345million tonnes). This has led to a huge deficit expected for 2012/13 – 13% to be precise – and FAO have warned that with increased production also comes increased consumption.

“The relationship between food security, grain production, and climate change is especially important in 2012,” said Danielle Nierenberg, a Worldwatch senior researcher and Nourishing the Planet project director. “The recent drought affecting the United States and the rest of the world show the need to reduce price volatility, move away from fossil fuel-based agriculture, and recognize the importance of women farmers to increase resilience to climate change.”

If you would like to learn more about the Nourishing the Planet Project please click on the link above, you can also visit the blog at blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet.

Late Harvest Not Worth the Weight?

POOR specific weights stand out in provisional results from the HGCA Cereal Quality Survey for 2012 reports Farmers Guardian (FG). Wheat average specific weight figures are down considerably on those seen in recent seasons.

According to the report the average specific weight for harvest to date is considerably lower than in recent seasons, at 71.9kg/hl against 78.7kg/hl in 2011 and a three-year average of 77.5kg/hl.

Average specific weights in the South East are 72.1kg/hl, were down 6.8 per cent on the three-year average and in the East 72.2kg/hl, that deficit is 7.4 per cent – some of the lowest on record since 1977.

The average Hagberg Falling Number (HFN) for harvest to date is 267 seconds, compared with 269 in 2011, which has been lower than average so far. But,”has been within acceptable levels” according to HGCA market specialist Charlotte Garbutt.

However FG has suggested that early results show protein levels are slightly higher, although there is a bias towards quality wheats (59 per cent of the wheat samples included in the provisional results came from NABIM groups 1 and 2).

Average protein content for harvest to date is 12.7 per cent, compared with 12 per cent for final 2011 results and the three- year average of 11.8 per cent.

The results indicate that 26 per cent of the 4,032 NABIM group 1 and 2 samples received met a medium quality bread wheat specification (74kg/hl specific weight, 180 HFN, 12.5 per cent protein) but only 4 per cent of group 1 samples met full bread milling specifications.

Mrs Garbutt said, “The overriding reason for such a low achievement of full specification is the specific weight quality criteria.

“Only 17 per cent of all NABIM group 1 samples collected for 2012 to date have achieved 76kg/hl, compared to 92 per cent last year.”

According to FG the provisional 2012 estimates for barley show a lower specific weight and poorer screenings compared to a year ago but nitrogen content levels are better.

www.farmersguardian.com

www.hgca.com

IMD21 Company Focus (i): Vigan Engineering S.A.

Hello and welcome to what I suppose you could call a new series of our introductions to those of you listed with IMD for 2012/13 and who are appearing in IMD21.

This week we introduce a company returning once again to IMD where for another year they will enjoy international exposure to millers and milling service-providers across the globe.

Always on the move, VIGAN Engineering S.A. designs and manufactures harbour equipment and more particularly ship loaders and unloaders.

They lead the way in mobile portable grain pumps (120 to 270 tons/hour) that are particularly flexible with a wide range of accessories available allowing cargo handling in many different working configurations. For higher capacity requirements (200 to 800 tons/hour) VIGAN offer their own pneumatic Continuous Ship Unloaders on gantry called “NIV”. Self-propelled on tires or rails, they can be powered by diesel engine or electrical motors and each machine is bespoke designed based on the customers needs.

VIGAN’s range of equipment stretches beyond pumps though. Their catalogue also includes a mechanical CSU called “SIMPORTER” designed to meet very high discharging rates up to 1,500 metric tons/hour. It is particularly suitable for large bulk carriers. The twin-belt SIMPORTER technology offers major benefits: efficiency, cost-effectiveness (minimum energy consumption, reduced operational and maintenance cost) and environment-friendly qualities such as minimum noise, dust control, and no product breakage.

Besides unloading equipment, VIGAN’s mechanical shiploaders (rail-mounted, on tires or stationary)are suitable for almost any kind of bulk products (with a density from 0.2 to 1.8) on any kind of barge or vessel based on requirements (up to 1,200tonnes/hour)

VIGAN also provide a seemingly infinite wisdom of other harbour equipment based on more than 30 years experience. They now offer services in design projects such as mobile hoppers/bagging lines and quay conveyors, but also in turnkey port terminals delivery from engineering to commissioning, this includes silos & other storage.

We here at IMD HQ wish VIGAN every success this year and I would like to thank them for choosing IMD once again.

If you would like your company to feature as part of ‘Company Focus’ please feel free to get in touch.

Until next time!

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

What we’ve been up to.. (September 11-18, 2012.)

Hello again to our dedicated subscribers and listed companies. To say it’s been an eventful month for IMD would be an understatement as gargantuan as Red Dwarf himself (well perhaps not that big but it has been pretty hectic).

As mentioned in my previous post the first draft of IMD21 was sent to the printers last week (September 7, 2012) and I am pleased to announce that it has since been put to press. This means that 8,000 printed copies of IMD21 will soon be sent out to those of you who have ordered yours for 2012/13.

Don’t forget you can still order a copy of IMD21 simply by visiting www.internationalmilling.com and clicking the relevant link, or indeed you can visit our publishers homepage at www.perendale.com.

Some of you have since contacted me with new artwork and materials for IMD21, unfortunately the deadline for this did pass some time ago for the printed edition. However for those of you who feel like you might have missed the boat, there is still plenty of opportunity to promote yourselves via our online editions (these can be found on Issuu, Scribd and Docstock) or right here at MillingInternational. So keep in touch, don’t forget that thanks to our continuous innovation we can take your products further through online advertising.

After the busy two months leading up to the printing of IMD21 there seemed no better way to celebrate than enjoying a wonderful day in London with the London & South-East Millers Society (LSEMS). Accompanied by several of my colleagues I got the chance to meet some important figures from the UK milling community, of which I am now pleased to be a member.

I should say a big thank you to Tony Evers (Secretary for LSEMS) for inviting us along and for the staff a Luc’s Brasserie for catering the event.

Now though, the planning begins for IMD22 and the hard work starts right here. In the coming weeks I will be holding a number of meetings with my fellow colleagues and designers on how we continue the progression of the industries most comprehensive directory. With this in mind I would love to hear your feedback or input!

Until next time!
Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

 

 

 

Today we will mostly be…

Visiting London with the London and South East Milling Society! I am pleased to have been invited by Tony Evers who is Secretary for the association that brings together millers and milling service providers from the region affectionately as ‘England’s Garden’.

We will be visiting the Bank of England Museum in London’s financial district before attending a dinner in local brasserie. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of our valued listed clients with IMD and I am personally relishing the chance to meet some of you for the first time… Not to mention a much needed break after a hectic month at IMD HQ!

I will be accompanied by Darren Parris (International Sales & Marketing Manager), Tuti Tan (Distribution Manager) and Alice Neal who is our Associate Editor for GFMT, IAF and of course The IMD.

If you are attending today we look forward to meeting you!

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

 

The International Milling Directory 2012/13

It is with an enormous sense of pride that I announce that IMD 2012/13 has reached its completion. It has been sent to the the printers for its first proof where once approved 8,000 copies will be printed and distributed to the global-milling community.

Dedicated subscribers and advertisers can get an exclusive glimpse now on our Issuu page before the printed edition is released.

Don’t forget, you are what makes the IMD the most comprehensive and revered directory for international milling and so I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our advertisers and readers for their participation and continued commitment to connecting millers, manufacturers and service providers across the world.

On a personal note, as this is my first IMD since being appointed Coordinator earlier this year I would also like to thank our marketing and our design teams respectively for their hard work.

Don’t forget you will be able to order your printed edition of the IMD 2012/13 online at www.internationalmilling.com and of course it will be made available at many of the worlds leading exhibitions and trade shows where we look forward to seeing you all.

Until the next time, thank you for your continued interest I hope you enjoy The International Milling Directory 2012/13.

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

 

UK Farmers A-Maized by Wet Weather

The weather strikes again this time with rain putting a dampener on the UK maize harvest according to experts. Farmers Weekly has reported that the harvesting schedule for most farmers across the UK has been put back by up to four weeks already, and the rain looks set to continue as autumn sets in.

It all seems a little too familiar t last year’s harvest where poor weather again affected harvesting in the UK, not to mention the severe and catastrophic drought across the Atlantic ocean. Richard Camplin of Limagrain UK said, “If we get warm, persistent weather it will give the cobs a chance to mature and for growers to harvest mid- to late October. However, if we get prolonged periods of rain in October, it could lead to problems getting machinery on the field.”

And continued, “”Two bad years for maize could lead those on the margins of growing maize to consider other things, such as whole-crop, but people shouldn’t be hasty if they are thinking about moving away from maize.”

It has been well documented that the trade price of maize, cereals and grains has been inflated as a result of the varying extremes in weather for 2012, but more-strict quality control means that farmers and millers have been under added pressure against the elements.

Neil Groom of Grainseed has described this ‘mixed-bag’ of crops as having lots of variation occurring even within fields. “We have seen a wide range of crops from normal to very poor, and that can be in the same fields.

He has also suggested that the heavy moisture has and will continue to enhance the risk of diseases and severe conditions in the fields, he said “Poor soil management has also been evident this year, whether due to compaction or inadequate drainage in the soil. The rain has also caused leaching of nitrogen, leaving the crops hungry in many cases.”

And continued,  “Eyespot has been an issue throughout the South West and West coast. If eyespot has moved on to your crop within the last week, get out there and put a fungicide on. It needs to be put on at least one month prior to harvest,” he said.

www.fwi.co.uk

IMD 2012/13 Update

Hello to all our dedicated readers and listed IMD companies. It was with a whirlwind of activity that the submissions deadline closed for IMD 2012/13 just over a week ago. Firstly allow me thank all of you who managed to update your details and get your advertisement artwork in on time even if it was at the last minute! And also a massive thank you should go to those who had completed their registrations and adverts long before the deadline.

Secondly please let me apologize for my apparent silence over the past few days, as I am sure you will understand I have been working closely on the production process in the design office, which is a place where I can not even reach you our dedicated subscribers. However I shall use this brief escape to fill you in on what has been happening in IMD HQ since the deadline closed…

Production has reached an incredibly advanced stage and we are now only days away from sending our first draft to the printers. This is a very exciting time for all of us as it will give us the opportunity to see a whole year of hard work put into print, especially me due to it being my first IMD printed edition.

As you are aware the equipment guides section that proved s popular last year has more than doubled in size for IMD 2012/13 and so has the workload for our designers! I am pleased to inform you however that this process is very close to completion so those of you who have completed forms will be receiving a proof of your guide shortly.

As soon as proof pages become available you will be able to get a taste for IMD 2012/13 exclusively here at millinginternational.

As always stay tuned for updates et al.

Until next time!

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

 

GRAPAS 2012, Thailand Parts VII & VIII

Capping off this week’s GRAPAS 2012 series we bring you a double-header of expertise from the distinguished (and it Part VII very sharply dressed) speakers that attended the event in Thailand earlier this year.

First up in Part VII we are introduced to Jean-Claude Poncet of Vibrafloor, a French organization that specializes in, you’ve guessed it, vibrating floors.


In Part VIII Chanchai Rukthanannond delivers his closing speech bringing the curtain down on another fantastic show for 2012. As Chairman of the Thai Rice Millers Association Mr Rukthanannond was delighted to have welcomed so many experts and industry leaders to GRAPAS 2012.

Media supporter and Director for Perendale Publishers Limited Roger Gilbert has since said, “It was a pleasure to be involved in the event and having such a diverse selection of speakers all of whom were very interesting made it really successful.

 

GRAPAS 2012, Thailand Part VI

Good morning subscribers and valued listed IMD companies. I am sure that you are all busy getting everything together to make your IMD profile the best it can be for 2012/2013. Well take a break, have a sit down and enjoy the wisdom of Dennis Peukert of Amandus Kahl who discusses Hydrothermal Treatment of Feed in this edition of GRAPAS 2012.
Amandus Kahl is a German milling technology firm with a specialization in just about everything there is from mixers & grinders to weighing equipment, for whom Dennis is an Area Manager in the international market.