INTRODUCTION: Trends in the making
By Peter Darbishire
We continue with our quest for emerging issues and timely information.
During the busy fall months, while growers are frantically trying to harvest
their fields and fill their bins and contracts, we continue with our quest for
emerging issues and timely information.
As often happens during this process, there is one individual who mentions
something that makes you think, 'wouldn't that be interesting if it were to
On its own, it is just one person's opinion.
Yet once spoken, you begin to notice that same sentiment creeping in to casual
conversations. It might be a prediction of sorts, cited by an organization executive,
a politician or a media pundit. And once repeated several times over, it is
no longer just one personÕs opinion, but possibly a trend in the making.
Such is the case with an observation made late in 2006, that with the demand
for biomass for the emerging biofuels sector, the agri-food industry might find
itself in a battle for food and feed. On one hand, it has a rather chilling
effect on exporters and the livestock feed industry. On the other hand, it shows
considerable promise for cash-strapped growers hoping to benefit from tighter
supplies and corresponding higher prices.
Many of the stories in this issue reflect this notion of Great Expectations
in the agri-food industry, with numerous features focussing on pulse crop production:
from dealing with diseases, weed control, managing fertility and marketing your
At Top Crop Manager, we try to reflect the needs and interests of our
readers, especially now as we ring in another new year. Faster than we realize,
it will be time again for a new planting season with the potential for growth
New opportunities are in front of us and while anything new tends to shake
our comfort level, the trick is to see opportunity where others view only barriers
And that is more than just one person's opinion! Enjoy.
Peter Darbishire, publisher and editor
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