THESE ANCIENT AGRICULTURAL TECHNIQUES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK

The latest agricultural advances aren’t always high-tech. On farms around the world, growers are looking to the past for methods that can ensure soil health and bolster yields.

These techniques, such as integrated crop-livestock systems, soil terracing, and intercropping, were invented by long-ago farming societies to maintain fertility and soil structure or increase harvests. For many farmers, simpler methods can be as valuable today as they were in the past.


US-China soybean brinkmanship has echoes of the past

In the Hollywood melodrama Rebel Without A Cause, the film’s hero Jimmie – played by James Dean – is challenged to a game of "Chickie Run" to end a dispute with Buzz, the leader of a local gang.

A form of game theory, the challenge involves both angst-ridden teenagers driving cars at speed towards a cliff edge with one simple rule: the first one to bail out of his vehicle is a “chickie”.

The winner proves his masculinity and wins the prize – inevitably that's a girl.

The film has parallels with the ongoing trade dispute between China and the US, and not least of all because it involves chickens.


OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET

The blueberry harvest is about to start in the southern hemisphere. In some countries, the pickers are already working, but the volumes are still limited. European importers are looking forward to the new overseas season. Due to the warm summer, the European campaign has finished early and there is a threat of a small gap in the supply. What are the overseas prospects? And what is the current situation in the world market?


Zimbabwe millers halt operations due to wheat shortage-

Six milling companies in Zimbabwe were forced to suspend operations on Sept. 13 due to the government’s failure to pay for wheat that is held up in Mozambique, according to Tafadzwa Musarrara, chairperson of the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ), who spoke with reporters on Thursday.


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