Bloomberg Ag & Energy Report, Daily Market Prices 8-27

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Updated: 8/27/2013 9:36 am
Farmers struggling to identify pests or weeds now have a little extra help, and it's at their fingertips. And some coffee markets showing some change.

Robusta coffee stockpiles could slump to a 13 year low. This comes as torrential rain in Indonesia disrupts supply. Indonesia is the worlds third largest producer of the beans.
But MDA Weather said that the country's seen twice the 30 year average since April which will both delay the harvesting and drying of the beans.
Robusta beans are cheaper and most often used in instant coffee. Meantime, there's still a surplus of Arabica beans.

Farmers struggling with pest or weed problems? There's now an app for that.

The plant diagnostic sample submission app was created by eight university labs. The app allows users to take and send digital photos to one of the participating labs. Then researchers will help identify plants, plant diseases, insect pests or other problems. The app is free at the itunes store, but if a lab handles samples for you there is a fee which varies from lab to lab.

More people are going organic. Organic sales have soared 10 percent last year from the year before, and the business is worth more than $31 billion dollars.

That's according to the Organic Trade Association which said that the demand stems from consumers wanting fresh, locally sourced, non-genetically modified, and preservative-free foods.
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