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Down Under Limits

Major wheat exporters have a tremendous opportunity if they can take their advantage. India was thought to be in the catbird seat. Production was going to be up 1.6 percent but the exportabe surplus would be up 200 percent, until it wasn’t. Dry heat shrunk the crop and now there are export restrictions. Australia for once escaped its frequent drought conditions and produced a respectable crop. Exports will be up from 11.7 percent of world share last year to 13.7 percent this year, but under its potential. The Aussies blame a lack of truck drivers, clogged ports, and limited rail capacity, the latter bid up by steadier coal and iron ore export supplies.  Worse for Australia’s future potential, fertilizer is imported and exp...

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