Agricultural Trends for 2013

Commodity Classic began this week in Kissimmee, Florida - and nine agricultural trends for the coming year were discussed at the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum.

One trend is growing demand for what producers are growing. Bayer CropScience Vice President for Agricultural Commercial Operations David Hollinrake says U.S. producers need to increase food production by 70-percent to meet demand by 2050.

Another trend is that Ag's labor squeeze will prompt non-traditional talent searches. Hollinrake says farmers will have to go to non-traditional universities instead of ag universities to look for talent - as there has been a movement of urban youth to the farm to supply farm labor.

Biologics will be a new phase in agricultural technology - according to Bayer CropScience Research and Development Head David Nicholson.

Also - Hollinrake says herbicide-resistant weeds will continue to spread. He adds that traceability will increase. Farmers will have a CEO mentality - suggests Hollinrake - as they make decisions based on return on investment instead of lifestyle and relationship choice.

He also notes that precision farming will switch from data collection to decision making, crop technology will expand to enable plants to better endure abiotic stressors and growers will continue to pay more for seed.

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