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Indian Subcontinent Regional Analysis

Higher Cotton Production Expected; Prices Slowly Moving Up: The Cotton Advisory Board (CAB)’s estimate of India’s 2017/18 cotton production is 37.7 million bales (170 kg each), up 9.27 percent from 34.5 million bales in 2016/17.It is projected to be down in states that include Mahar...

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biofuel

Wrapping Things Up

It’s an annual tradition at this time to look back and assess where certain matters stand prior to the New Year. In that spirit, below is a summary regarding three topical issues. Tax Reform The congressional Republican majority, soon to be down one vote in the Senate (see below), reached...

Fracturing Food; Fracturing Politicians

Fracturing Food Major food processing companies (Unilever, Tysons, Campbell Soup Co., Nestlé, Dean Foods and Mars) have quit the Grocery Manufacturers Association, reportedly over its continued defense of the food products that have traditionally brought profits to the industry. Now the...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains farm-inputs

More Things to Keep You Up at Night

Soy complex prices eased a bit this week on better chances for precipitation across the driest parts of southern Brazil and Argentina over the next 10-14 days. Bob Kohlmeyer’s piece about La Nina and Argentine crop production (see Ag Perspectives, 14 December) explained the current situat...

biofuel

Wrapping Things Up

It’s an annual tradition at this time to look back and assess where certain matters stand prior to the New Year. In that spirit, below is a summary regarding three topical issues. Tax Reform The congressional Republican majority, soon to be down one vote in the Senate (see below), reached...

Fracturing Food; Fracturing Politicians

Fracturing Food Major food processing companies (Unilever, Tysons, Campbell Soup Co., Nestlé, Dean Foods and Mars) have quit the Grocery Manufacturers Association, reportedly over its continued defense of the food products that have traditionally brought profits to the industry. Now the...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains farm-inputs

More Things to Keep You Up at Night

Soy complex prices eased a bit this week on better chances for precipitation across the driest parts of southern Brazil and Argentina over the next 10-14 days. Bob Kohlmeyer’s piece about La Nina and Argentine crop production (see Ag Perspectives, 14 December) explained the current situat...

feed-grains wheat soy-oilseeds

Market Commentary

Markets were quietly steady overnight in light trading volume. They then started higher this morning on the heels of several export sales announcements, including the following: 257,000 MT of soybeans to China 126,000 MT of soybeans to unknown 134,000 MT of corn to Costa Rica 130,000 MT of sof...

Weather and Markets

Earlier this week, we were asked why grain and soy futures markets do not seem to be taking the lack of rainfall and resulting dryness in portions of Brazil and Argentina very seriously, especially with typical La Nina weather conditions likely to acerbate the situation in the weeks ahead. Our...

feed-grains wheat soy-oilseeds

Market Commentary

Markets were quietly steady overnight in light trading volume. They then started higher this morning on the heels of several export sales announcements, including the following: 257,000 MT of soybeans to China 126,000 MT of soybeans to unknown 134,000 MT of corn to Costa Rica 130,000 MT of sof...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains wheat

Closing Futures Prices

WPI provides a summary of the week’s futures price activity and the gains/losses experiences by grain, oilseed, and livestock markets. Additionally, today’s data from the CFTC points to changing views among managed money funds. Meanwhile, commercial traders’ positions are chan...

UN-ification Drives Sectoralism

India coalesced the developing nations in 2001 and forced the rich countries to accept the “Development” part in the WTO’s Doha Development Round. Now that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has figured out that development as pushed by India means the rich countries...

livestock

WASDE; GIPSA Rule Controversy to Enter 10th Year; NAFTA Proteins

WASDE and Hog Slaughter USDA’s December WASDE report was released this week, and it showed a drop of 180 million pounds in pork production compared with the November issue. This decline occurred despite an increase in carcass weights, evidenced by last week’s average slaughter weigh...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: Critical Weekend in Argentina; WASDE Report; etc.

Critical Weekend for Argentine Corn and Soybean Crops Weather forecasters are predicting some rainfall this weekend over much of Argentina’s soybean and corn growing areas as a front moves through. Because it is quite dry across much of the country and crops greatly need moisture, how wid...

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