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Ag Review: The Outlook for 2014

2014 Agripalooza The market, government and technology development will all three conspire to change things in the agrifood sector in 2014. It will be exciting for some and disappointing for others. 2014 Outlook for the Global Soybean Sector The U.S. and global soybean sectors have enjoyed record demand and high prices in the last few years. The outlook for 2013/14 looks like it will also be a banner year, unless U.S. and South American soybean production exceeds global demand. Global Fertilizer Markets in 2014 In 2013, fertilizer prices had to deal with weaker global grain prices and abundant supply in all three major nutrients. Although supply growth is flattening, 2014 won’t be any different with very limited upside to current...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.7475/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.0425/bushel, down $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $306.5/short ton, up $1 from yeste...

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