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Global demand and consumption of agricultural crops for food, feed and fuel is increasing at a rapid pace. To satisfy the growing, worldwide demand for grain, two broad options are available: (1) the area under production can be increased, or (2) productivity can be improved on existing farmland.

Many scenarios for global climate change suggest an increase in aridity and the frequency of extreme events. Drought and water scarcity are therefore considered some of the greatest limitations to crop production increases outside the present-day agricultural areas.

In today's modern farming environment, nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and water use efficiency (WUE) are seen as essential management practices.

At a commemorative event held on 13 September 2003, Neville Crosse - the Chairman of the Omnia Group - used a quote by Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist: “Time is the friend of the wonderful company and the enemy of the mediocre”.

The past planting season was in many respects one of the most difficult in years. Firstly conditions before planting – during the soil preparation period – was very wet, which hampered primary soil tillage. The first rains fell relatively late and this put pressure on the planting process.

Proficiency testing is a crucial part of any laboratory's internal quality control system. Not only does it demonstrate (and evaluate) conformance, accuracy and precision, it also offers a platform for comparison with other laboratories.