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Chinese officials, Trump agree to tariff rollbacks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Beijing/Washington | Reuters — The United States and China cooled their trade war on Friday, announcing a “phase one” agreement that reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for increased Chinese purchases of U.S. farm goods. Chinese officials offered no specific details on the amount of U.S. agricultural goods Beijing had agreed to buy, a key […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: WASDE yields mixed results

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — World agriculture supply and demand estimates (WASDE) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have turned out largely bullish for wheat values, bearish for corn and neutral for soybeans on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). The report, released Tuesday, lowered U.S. wheat stocks by 40 million bushels to total 947 million tonnes, […] Read more


StatsCan shows corn, soy output down across board

Reading Time: 2 minutes Despite increases in Ontario’s harvested acres for both soybeans and corn, the province’s production of both crops in 2019 followed the rest of Canada’s lower in Statistics Canada’s latest estimates. StatsCan’s November estimates for production of principal field crops, released Friday, dropped Canada’s production of soybeans to six million tonnes, down 18.5 per cent from […] Read more



A small change in temperature could cause more diseases and affect yields in more Canadian crops.

A new horizon for genome editing of crops

The goal is to enhance food security and environmental sustainability — everywhere

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the realm of food production, most people are unaware of just how far agriculture has come. Consider how many plants used for food thousands of years ago are still being used today, but are virtually unrecognizable. By the mid-1900s, selective breeding had become more scientific than ever, but it still required upwards of 15 […] Read more

U.S. books latest end to soy harvest in a decade

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm —The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in its oilseed crops outlook issued Wednesday, said the country’s 2019 soybean harvest will wind up the latest in 10 years. As of Sunday, the overall U.S. soybean harvest stood at 85 per cent complete, according to USDA’s weekly crop progress report. The pace was two points behind […] Read more


Statistics from the SCN Coalition indicate SCN resistance in Ontario fields is breaking down.

Soybean cyst nematode isn’t getting better

The latest numbers confirm what we already feared

Reading Time: 4 minutes How much more can be said about soybean cyst nematode that hasn’t been discussed or debated already? It the worst yield-robbing disease in soybeans. Its key resistance gene, PI 88788, has broken down both in Canada and across the U.S. Midwest. Once it is in your soil, there is no means of removing it, so […] Read more

U.S. corn exports falter, soybean business could meet same fate

Reading Time: 4 minutes Fort Collins | Reuters – It is no secret that overseas demand for U.S. corn has been downright terrible as of late, and relief does not seem likely in the immediate term as purchase commitments remain dismal. Forward sales for U.S. soybeans are nothing to brag about either, but soy exporters have enjoyed more success recently than […] Read more


Brazil farmers push traders to end Amazon soy moratorium

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sao Paulo | Reuters – Brazilian farmers plan to start a campaign next week to end a ban by trading firms on buying soybeans from parts of the Amazon rainforest cleared after 2008, leaders from a major farmer group told Reuters, citing support from President Jair Bolsonaro. The push to end traders’ voluntary “soy moratorium” — one […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola bids return to being range-bound

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – Until the New Year expect canola bids to remain range-bound much like it was during the summer, according to one Winnipeg-based analyst. “Canola going C$10 lower isn’t out of the question,” commented David Derwin, commodity portfolio manager with PI Financial. Below normal temperatures on the Prairies coupled with rain and snow have provided […] Read more