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  • Mexico looking at Argentina and Brazil as an alternative for US corn
    on February 17, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Mexican politicians are saber rattling against the US agriculture sector, and it looks like Argentina is ready to fill the gap. In effect Mexico's agriculture minister said on Thursday he will lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn, part of a drive to lessen Mexico's U.S. dependence given uncertainty over President Donald Trump's trade policies. […]

  • Brazil forecasts record soy and corn harvests, on good climate conditions
    on February 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Conab, the Brazilian crop supply agency lifted its forecast for the second-season corn crop by some 2.5m tons, citing good weather. Conab forecast the Brazilian safrinha crop, which is sown after soybeans are harvested, up 44% year-on-year, to 58.59m tons. This compares to the 56.10m tons Cobab forecast in January. […]

  • US producer prices in January record highest gain in four years
    on February 16, 2017 at 7:40 am

    U.S. producer prices recorded their largest gain in more than four years in January amid increases in the cost of energy products, but a strong dollar continued to keep underlying inflation at the factory gate tame. […]

  • Brazil forced to import Robusta coffee: first time in decades
    on February 14, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Monday he has asked the country's Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) for authorization to open robusta coffee imports at near zero tariff, according to the ministry. […]

  • Uruguay's wool and lamb exports dropped 17% in twelve months
    on February 14, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Uruguay wool and lamb exports dropped 17% in dollars in the last twelve months compared to the year before. Of the US$ 265 million shipped overseas, China was the main client with 42% of that total, according to the latest Custom stats. […]

  • Argentina expects at least 15 million tons of wheat from the 2016/17 crop
    on February 13, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Argentine farmers are expected to harvest at least 15 million tons of wheat in the 2016/17 crop year versus 11.3 million in the previous season, Agriculture Minister Ricardo Buryaile said last week. Wheat planting in Argentina expanded dramatically when President Mauricio Macri eliminated export taxes soon after his December inauguration. […]

  • Cereal prices continue to rise despite improved supplies, says FAO
    on February 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

    The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1% increase from its revised December value and 16.4% above its 2016 January level. The FAO Sugar Price Index surged 9.9% in the month, driven by expectations of protracted supply tightness in Brazil, India and Thailand. […]

  • Crop destroying caterpillar rapidly spreading across Africa; maize production endangered
    on February 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    New research announced by scientists at CABI (Center for Agriculture and Bioscience Information) confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide. […]