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U.S. sees progress on China trade deal’s ag provisions

China makes first U.S. hard red wheat buy since 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — The U.S. and China have made progress in implementing the agriculture-related provisions of their Phase One trade deal that took effect on Feb. 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday. In a joint statement, they listed a number of steps taken that should help […] Read more

Grain price slump attracts bargain-hunting by importers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hamburg | Reuters — The collapse in grain prices caused by concern about the global impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus has generated some bargain-buying by importing countries, traders said on Tuesday. But they said the extent was still limited and there were no signs importers were making especially large purchases to expand stocks. “We are […] Read more


Pulse weekly outlook: Bids underpin Manitoba edible bean area

Province's soybean acres expected to fall

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — Solid prices should keep Manitoba farmers growing edible beans in 2020, although soybean area will likely drop, according to a provincial specialist. Disappointing harvest weather in 2019 hurt yields and cut into harvested area for edible beans in both Manitoba and across the border in the United States. As a result, prices heading […] Read more

Argentine farmers strike to protest export tax hike

Reading Time: 2 minutes Buenos Aires | Reuters — Argentine farmers began a four-day sales strike on Monday to protest the government’s hike of export taxes for soybeans and their byproducts, though shipments were not impacted in the major global food exporter. Three of the South American country’s four main rural associations announced the strike last week in frustration […] Read more


Fund traders still bearish on canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — Fund traders remained heavily on the short side in canola futures during the week ended Tuesday, according to the latest commitment of traders (CoT) report from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The net managed money short position in ICE Futures canola came in Tuesday at 62,709 contracts (1,100 long/73,809 short), which […] Read more



U.S. grains: Soybeans bounce on chance of Argentina export limits

Coronavirus fears remain anchor on commodities prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures on Wednesday extended a rebound from a sharp drop earlier this week as investors anticipated changes to Argentine export taxes that could reduce export competition from the major soy supplier. Corn and wheat futures eased on pressure from a firmer dollar, which creates headwinds for U.S. exports, and […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Coronavirus, other factors grip markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — As fears of a worldwide pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus increase, markets, including the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), are seen to have been taking a beating. “The perception is, it’s going to get worse, that trade is going to struggle,” said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at Fort McHenry, Ill., analogizing […] Read more


Argentina ag ministry suspends registration of exports

Reading Time: < 1 minute Buenos Aires | Reuters — Argentina’s ministry of agriculture suspended on Wednesday the registration of agricultural exports until further notice, it said in a statement, a move that traders said likely foreshadowed a steep increase in grains export tariffs. “When they close the registration, it’s because something is coming,” said agricultural consultant Nestor Roulet, secretary […] Read more

Peach grower awarded US$265 million in dicamba drift suit

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters — A Missouri jury’s US$265 million award to peach grower Bill Bader in his lawsuit against herbicide providers Bayer and BASF has raised the stakes for the two companies as at least 140 similar cases head to U.S. courts later this year. A jury in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, handed Bader, […] Read more