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Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Egypt is reportedly looking at the possibility of establishing a wheat hedging program to better protect against the volatility of international wheat prices. The finance ministry is said to be taking a very close look at how such a system could work. The difficulty for Egypt is that margin calls on futures may prove to be an insurmountable complication. Most grain importers there do not currently hedge their needs directly in futures, although they may do so with their suppliers, as hedging is considered to be more of a risk than an advantage. Morocco has now decided to eliminate the import duty altogether on soft wheat during November-December 2018. It will then be reinstated at the 3...

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Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.7975/bushel, down $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.6125/bushel, up $0.0875 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soybeans closed at $15.38/bushel, up $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soymeal closed at $484.2/short ton, down $4.5 f...

New Trade Agenda; Walk the Meat Talk

New Trade Agenda Tomorrow will present the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing in preparation for writing a new Farm Bill and the first two topics are trade, and horticulture. It will be the first hearing for newly confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Trade Alexis Taylor. The line...

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Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/AFRICA – MEA REGION Egyptian government officials said the “dollar crisis” has now been corrected and that foreign payments are being made by banks and delayed goods are clearing customs. Extra efforts have been made to r...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 23 Corn closed at $6.7975/bushel, down $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Wheat closed at $7.6125/bushel, up $0.0875 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soybeans closed at $15.38/bushel, up $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 23 Soymeal closed at $484.2/short ton, down $4.5 f...

New Trade Agenda; Walk the Meat Talk

New Trade Agenda Tomorrow will present the Senate Agriculture Committee’s first hearing in preparation for writing a new Farm Bill and the first two topics are trade, and horticulture. It will be the first hearing for newly confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Trade Alexis Taylor. The line...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA/AFRICA – MEA REGION Egyptian government officials said the “dollar crisis” has now been corrected and that foreign payments are being made by banks and delayed goods are clearing customs. Extra efforts have been made to r...

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Parsing the Data

Brazil’s meat processors are expressing angst that their country’s boosted corn exports to China this year will drive up domestic feed costs to what they describe as an “overpriced” level. The number of Chinese bidders for imported corn is large as the Middle Kingdom&rsq...

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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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