The Midwestern region of the United States has experienced uncharacteristically hot weather in the last few weeks, which are a crucial time for crop farms. The region otherwise known as the Corn Belt has seen record temperatures reach over 105 Fahrenheit in recent weeks as reported by Reuters.
Drought conditions in the past week across the central United States have intensified, causing damage to crops in Missouri, Indiana and Southern Illinois. Some farmers are being forced into cutting stunted corn for silage, a low grade feed for cattle. The percentage of corn rated Good to Excellent dropped by 8% this week to just 40% and with the forecast of rain expected to miss the areas where it is most needed crop conditions look set stay at dangerously low levels.
The question now for corn crop is ‘just how low will stocks be?’, a stark contrast to initial expectations of a record harvest for 2012.
Corn prices closed at $6.72 per bushel and increased by 21.0% in June due to a substantial deterioration in crop conditions reports AGWeb.com. Fears of tight supplies have also left soybean prices higher, in June prices rose by around 13% just close at $15.13 per bushel.
Wheat stocks as of June 1, 2012 were estimated at 743 million bushels, a 14% decrease from a year prior leading to a 14.2% increase in price for this month at around $7.39 per bushel.
Hello again and welcome to our latest installment of Introducing, this week we are pleased to introduce Newson Gale to IMD 2012/13.
For 30 years Newson Gale has been protecting people and business assets from the dangers of static hazards which according to the Institute of Chemical Engineers cause at least two serious fires or explosions everyday worldwide. While their areas of expertise include chemical & petrochemical distribution and the manufacturing of paints & solvents they provide a vital service to the international milling industry in the handling and storage of combustible organic ingredients such as flour and sugar.
They have a plethora of locations worldwide for the purpose of distribution and also operate from their main offices in UK, the US and Germany. Newson Gale are probably best recognised for their advanced techniques in static grounding and spark protection and have developed several important products to achieve this.
The Earth-Rite FIBC system verifies the resistance and safe grounding of“Big-Bags” or “Super-Sacks” in combustible or flammable atmospheres. This advanced system ensures that resistance of the flexible container is within the correct parameters as specified by International Hazardous Area Static Control Codes of Practice according to Newson Gale. It is also capable of interlocking with filling/discharge machinery or control/alarm systems to prevent dangerous levels of accumulation of static electricity.
They are also responsible for the Earth-Rite Multipoint for specialized plant and equipment situated in combustible or flammable atmospheres, with several potentially isolated conductive components (such as dryers, filling and conveying systems and is also corrosion resistant and made of hygiene clean stainless steal.
Once again we are delighted to be welcoming such and important and prestigious enterprise to the International Milling. For more information on Newson Gale and its products please visit their profile page with IMD or visit www.newson-gale.co.uk.
If you interested in featuring as part of the IMD blog feel free to get in touch to discuss your options.
Until next time…
The CHOPIN Technologies team are one of the first to announce their attendance to IBA 2012. The trade show will be held at the new Trade Fair Center in Munich on September 16-21, 2012 and Chopin are inviting you to come find out about their products and services for the cereal industry at their booth B.5.440.
Those of you familiar with Chopin will most likely be aware of their diverse range of state of the art technologies, however for those who aren’t Chopin will promoting the following products at the show:
Infraneo Junior, a near infra-red analyzer specifically designed for the milling and baking industry, for instantaneous quality control of wheat and flours;
Mixolab, to study dough during mixing and baking, with what is currently the most innovative instrument for rheological analysis;
SDmatic, to control and monitor starch damage;
CT center, the new CHOPIN Technologies training center.
To find out more information about IBA Trade Show 2012 and to purchase tickets you should visit www.iba.de. If you are exhibiting at the event be sure to let us know here at IMD.
Nottingham based Chronos BTH is pleased to announce that they have supplied more of their CHRONO-WEIGH™ APW process weighers to an expansive milling complex in Egypt. With a reputation for providing precision and versatile throughput weighing solutions in the flour milling sector this will come as rewarding news to Chronos BTH nad future clients alike.
Seven (7) CHRONO-WEIGH™ APW process weighers, all of the latest 3 loadcell design, have been installed to provide a variety of roles as part of this exciting project. From first break weighing through to flour blending, these process weighers form an integral part of the weighing and packaging process equipment that has been installed by Chronos BTH.
The bulk intake weighing of grain into the mill will be provided by the CHRONO-BULK™ AW/VW weigher which is controlled by a PC456i controller. Downstream of the milling process a CHRONO-FILL™ K4.2 Carousel packing system with RV packer is providing high speed flour packing, at rates matched to the output of the mill.
The order was secured by Issam Baydoun based in Jordan owing to the various Chronos BTH manufacturing locations around the world from which the equipment has been supplied.
Chronos BTH state that all APW Weighers are designed for simple integration into new or existing mills and are capable of freestanding operation thus offering fantastic versatility. APWs can apparently also be interfaced with any mill control system.
Chronos BTH Limited incorporates Richard Simon Limited, Verville and Premier Tech Chronos – America for European spares, refurbishments, service, installation and commissioning.
The latest crop-stock reports coming out of India may make for interesting reading to a vast majority of our listed IMD companies as India Infoline reports that it may harvest a record crop this year.
Thanks to some good weather and a helping hand from its government the country’s farmers are likely to reap something in the region of 90.23 million metric tons of wheat in 2012. That is an increase from last year’s 86.87 million tons, according to the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization based in Rome.
While rice and course grains had got off to a slow start because of a scarcity of rain, a favorable monsoon last year boosted its cereal production to a record 232.1 million tons including milled rice, up 5.5 percent from a year earlier, it said.
Owing to this, India will have a surplus of about 13 million tons available to export in the 2012-13 season that started in April, nearly doubling the average for the previous five-years, this includes wheat, corn and rice.
However there is concern over a lack of sufficient quality storage capacity surrounding this report by FAO.
Perendale Publishers has this week launched The Global Milling News, a brand new news-portal devoted entirely to milling. Now agriculturalists, millers, manufacturers and enthusiasts alike can all keep up to date with the latest milling and commodities news from around the world and even search for stories specific to their chosen field.
Thanks to its unique filter and categorization system The Global Milling News will gather over 4,000 stories a day from no less than 2,000 online feeds, which promises to make it the worlds most comprehensive and trusted news-site for the milling industry worldwide.
This continues the much heralded tradition of it’s associate publications such as GFMT, to the extent that even the logo on The Global Milling News page dates back to 1891 when the publication was first established.
Readers will also be able to subscribe to the Global Milling News RSS bringing the world of milling directly to your Google-Reader account or any similar platform they may use. Better still, as a dedicated follower of millinginternational you will be able to read and access all of the news from Global Milling News straight from here by simply scrolling down the right hand column.
We at IMD are very pleased to be associated with this thrilling new venture and consider this to be a great catalyst in discovering new and pioneering ways of connecting the international milling community.
For potential advertising opportunities please contact Darren Parris at Perendale Publishers Ltd.
New to IMD this week we welcome Centre for Management Technology (CMT) which is an international events organiser for a wide range of industry sectors, most notably to us in milling and commodities.
Now in their 29th year CMT has been hosting the industry elite from all across the world and continues to grow out of its bases in Singapore and Kuala Lumpar. This year some In fast changing business environments where knowledge obsolescence is a feature, CMT events offer the most effective opportunity to narrow the knowledge gaps.
In 2012 CMT has already been responsible for events such as Global Grain Asia, Commercial Farm Africa and Cassava Starch World among others. In October this year they host the Commercial Farm Asia event in Yangon which will feature expert speakers from the Myanmar Rubber Planters, Rice planters, SGS Group and many more who will be tackling the big issues in Asian farming in 2012.
Companies wishing to exhibit or sponsor at the event can do so by following this link. Or indeed if you simply wish to gather more information on the project you can do simply by visiting www.cmtevents.com.
We at IMD have already begun work on improving this already strong relationship with CMT and we look forward to seeing you at their events in the future.
A new service identifying the most relevant events for the milling industry (covering grain, flour, rice, feed and aquafeeds) worldwide. We identify companies in our International Milling Directory who are exhibiting and the products they have to offer so you can plan your attendance in advance.
If you are an event organiser and would like your event listed, click here to apply.
I hope everybody has had productive week and as the summer solstice rolled over so has our deadline for IMD admissions for the 2012/13 printed addition… well almost.
We have already seen such great enthusiasm in your participation for 2012/13 and even as I write this blog there are still so many of you registering with us so for those still thinking about it, stop thinking and start doing, remember it is free to join!
Once again there has been a tremendous amount of you who have contacted me regarding our equipment guides section which is filling up nicely. Thanks to the sheer scale of information we will be processing over the coming weeks, there will be some extra time available for those wishing to take part to submit art-work, etc.
The same applies to anybody wishing to benefit from a Company Profile page. Yesterday I posted some information on them and about the ways in which they could serve to expose your organisation, if you require more information on this I will be happy to receive your call or email.
We are now also taking applications for companies wishing to place adverts in IMD 2012/13, offering an extensive range of options to suit you. From quarter-page to full-page you can decide what size and and in what section you wish to place your advert, which will appear in print and online where it will stay for at least 5 years. Each new advert you place will be posted here on millinginternational and also in your profile page on the IMD website.
Anybody interested in advertising with IMD should contact me to discuss the most suitable option for you.
In the mean time let me take this opportunity to thank you for your participation so far in making IMD the most effective tool for connecting the world’s milling community. Publishing begins on Monday so be sure to take one last look at your print options for IMD 2012/13 over the next 48hours and enjoy your weekends!
Company Profile pages are fast becoming one of the most popular and successful methods in enhancing your exposure with IMD. Most of you will by now be aware of what they are and how they are of benefit to you. But for those that aren’t already in the loop let me outline what they are all about…
Placed within the Equipment Guides section, Company Profile pages are a blank canvass that extends across a double page spread. What you place on this canvas? Well that is entirely up to you. As you will see in the slideshow below we already have a wide and varying range of styles and methodologies in how our customers use this space.
For the most part those who have participated in the past have submitted 300 word articles about their companies and accompanied them with logos and miscellaneous pictures related to their organisations. Others have used the space to focus on a specific product and again with the help of some good photography or artwork they have proven to be more than just an advert.
Let’s not forget how IMD marketing benefits all work together in a continuous distribution flow exposing and promoting you further and wider than first impression might perceive, your company profile page won’t just be seen by our 8,072 current print subscribers. It will reach the 41,000 (approx.) online readers visiting hosting websites such as Slideshare and Issuu where the IMD is also available and even further still every new company profile page that we create is posted right here on millinginternational. And then there is of course the circa 300,000+ visitors expected on our www.internationalmilling.com expected throughout the year where you profile will be displayed.
When you choose to participate in a Company Profile page you will be in direct contact with our design team who will take on board any feedback you have throughout the design process, giving you the required amount of control in creating the page to your exact design and style specifications.
Interested? Take a look through the slideshow for inspiration on how you could stand out heads above your competitors, then get in touch with me to begin creating your masterpiece.
A Company Profile page in IMD is so much more than an advert.