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U.S. sells record amount of corn to China as tensions rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters – Chinese buyers booked their single biggest-ever purchase of U.S. corn, extending their flurry of large U.S. purchases even as tensions between Washington and Beijing rise. The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday that private exporters sold 1.937 million tonnes of corn to China for delivery in the 2020/21 marketing year. That topped the […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Large corn, soybean crops expected

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) continues to watch growing conditions in key regions of the United States, as record yields are expected for corn crops. “Corn is pretty much made,” said Terry Reilly of Futures International in Chicago, Ill. “Conditions have improved significantly, and nobody sees any major problems.” Trade participants expect […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Weather the key for soybeans, corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade fell off nearby highs over the past week, with shifting weather forecasts directing the flow of money in the markets. “Ninety per cent of our price influence in a supply-side driven market during the growing season will be weather,” said analyst Sean Lusk […] Read more

Green Plains sues ADM, alleging ethanol market manipulation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Green Plains Inc., one of the biggest U.S. ethanol producers, sued Archer Daniels Midland on Tuesday, accusing the global grain trader of manipulating the price of the biofuel to profit from its positions in the derivatives market. Green Plains filed the proposed class action with the U.S. District Court of Nebraska, […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Trade looks to weather for support

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have been supported by dry growing conditions in key regions of the United States, but remain largely rangebound. “It’s been hot and dry, but it’s tough to pin your hopes on a bull market because sooner or later it will rain,” said Scott Capinegro of Barrington […] Read more

U.S. farming body, Zambian firm partner aim to boost crop yields

Country rebuilding drought-battered ag sector

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lusaka | Reuters — A U.S. non-profit organization has launched a US$40 million joint venture with one of Zambia’s top farm suppliers to boost crop yields and food security as farmers struggle to access finance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the local company said on Sunday. The chairman of African Green Resources (AGR), Zuneid Yousuf, said […] Read more


Feed weekly outlook: Cheaper corn to temper rising barley bids

Lack of farmer selling a factor in bids

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Rising feed barley prices in Western Canada may be nearing their upper limit, as end users look to add more cheaper corn to their rations. “The higher that barley and wheat get, the more attractive corn gets,” said Mike Fleischhauer of Eagle Commodities in Lethbridge. “If barley and wheat go any higher, we’ll […] Read more



CBOT weekly outlook: Ag commodities steady

Slack demand for biofuel has dragged on corn

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Crop commodity values on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) have largely stabilized as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed in several U.S. states. “We’ve been playing this virus for a few months now,” said Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities in Barrington, Ill. COVID-19-related lockdown measures decimated demand for ethanol, which put considerable pressure on […] Read more

Sudden death syndrome is expected to worsen in southwestern Ontario soybeans and root rot could also be a serious concern this year if the conditions at planting time are wet.

Soybean and corn disease threats in Eastern Canada

Growers will need to use all their experience, best management practices and new tools to successfully combat disease in 2020

Reading Time: 4 minutes Another crop season is upon us and certain disease threats stand out in soybeans and corn in Eastern Canada. “SDS (sudden death syndrome) is expected to worsen in southwestern Ontario soybeans and root rot could be a serious concern this year if the conditions at planting time are wet,” notes Dr. Owen Wally, research scientist […] Read more