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FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 22 November)

Update for 22 November 2019: All other routes/offers updated through the day's close.  Note: Due to client request, WPI has added data for corn prices FOB France, Russia, and a general Black Sea price.   Freight Comments for 21 November 2019: Jay O’Neil, O’Neil Commodity...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 22 November)

Data Updated Through: 22 November 2019 Note: Due to client request, WPI has started including rates for 60,000 MT vessels from Russia and Ukraine to Egypt.  Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 21 November 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting Many analysts have been using the term &ldq...

softs feed-grains

A Faint Light from Golden Rice

As someone who has for many years pursued a deep interest in the business and economics of agriculture and food, one of the greatest frustrations and disappointments is the organized, systematic opposition to nearly all the scientific and technical advances in food and agricultural production d...

Alignments Against Phase One; Coal Fired Electric Cars; Market Openings

Alignments Against Phase One The markets reacted today to negative news about the state of the U.S. – China trade war. Craig Allen, President of U.S.-China Business Council said he is pessimistic, suggesting that Xi Jinping does not trust Donald Trump and any phase one agreement will be b...

GMO versus GHG; State versus Commercial

GMO versus GHG Vietnam has delayed its decision to ban glyphosate into 2021 but Thailand has maintained its ban, which is adversely impacting U.S. commodity shipments with any residues. American officials are pressing their Thai counterparts to use science-based standards, but it is unclear how...

Trouble Targeting

USDA has targeted select foreign markets for increased attention this year, including sending trade missions to solicit sales. The success to date has been mixed. In part this is due to head winds such as the high value of the dollar and slower economic growth in countries impacted by the trade...

feed-grains

WASDE Corn

USDA Estimates: U.S. corn outlook is for lower production, reduced use, and smaller ending stocks.  Corn production is forecast at 13.661 billion bushels, down 118 million from last month on a 1.4-bushel reduction in yield to 167.0 bushels per acre.  The season-average corn price rece...

USMCA Trouble; Thai Troubles; Farmers versus the Facts

USMCA Trouble U.S. House Ways & Means trade subcommittee member Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey) says he is leaning toward voting against USMCA because the Mexicans are not doing enough meaningful labor reform. Organized labor in the U.S. has taken a strong line, demanding actions by Mexico tha...

Argentine Election Impacts; Technological Sovereignty; Your Survey Answer; Food Trends

Argentina Election Impacts Argentines went to the voting booths for a general election yesterday (27 October) that was deemed fateful for agriculture. As the public opinion polls predicted, Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won and will become President and Vice...

wheat feed-grains soy-oilseeds

Food Demand Present and Future

In recent years, a number of agricultural futurists have expressed concern about the ability of the world to increase the food supply enough to feed the world’s population in 2050. The world population currently is about 7.3 billion people, and although the rate at which population is gro...

Canadian Ag Policy, Eh?; Korean Example at OECD

Canadian Ag Policy, Eh? After winning a plurality of seats but not a majority, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party will have to govern as a coalition and no one expects much to happen, especially in rural western Canada. Western Canada, where the Conservatives control politics, is agriculture...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Black Sea Miracle

The return of the Black Sea region as the breadbasket of the world is really a story about productivity gain. Over a decade (2008 to 2017), both China and Indonesia increased their total crop output by around 25 percent, but they did this in part by expanding their cropped areas by 10.7 percent...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 22 November)

Update for 22 November 2019: All other routes/offers updated through the day's close.  Note: Due to client request, WPI has added data for corn prices FOB France, Russia, and a general Black Sea price.   Freight Comments for 21 November 2019: Jay O’Neil, O’Neil Commodity...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 22 November)

Data Updated Through: 22 November 2019 Note: Due to client request, WPI has started including rates for 60,000 MT vessels from Russia and Ukraine to Egypt.  Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 21 November 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting Many analysts have been using the term &ldq...

softs feed-grains

A Faint Light from Golden Rice

As someone who has for many years pursued a deep interest in the business and economics of agriculture and food, one of the greatest frustrations and disappointments is the organized, systematic opposition to nearly all the scientific and technical advances in food and agricultural production d...

Alignments Against Phase One; Coal Fired Electric Cars; Market Openings

Alignments Against Phase One The markets reacted today to negative news about the state of the U.S. – China trade war. Craig Allen, President of U.S.-China Business Council said he is pessimistic, suggesting that Xi Jinping does not trust Donald Trump and any phase one agreement will be b...

GMO versus GHG; State versus Commercial

GMO versus GHG Vietnam has delayed its decision to ban glyphosate into 2021 but Thailand has maintained its ban, which is adversely impacting U.S. commodity shipments with any residues. American officials are pressing their Thai counterparts to use science-based standards, but it is unclear how...

Trouble Targeting

USDA has targeted select foreign markets for increased attention this year, including sending trade missions to solicit sales. The success to date has been mixed. In part this is due to head winds such as the high value of the dollar and slower economic growth in countries impacted by the trade...

feed-grains

WASDE Corn

USDA Estimates: U.S. corn outlook is for lower production, reduced use, and smaller ending stocks.  Corn production is forecast at 13.661 billion bushels, down 118 million from last month on a 1.4-bushel reduction in yield to 167.0 bushels per acre.  The season-average corn price rece...

USMCA Trouble; Thai Troubles; Farmers versus the Facts

USMCA Trouble U.S. House Ways & Means trade subcommittee member Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey) says he is leaning toward voting against USMCA because the Mexicans are not doing enough meaningful labor reform. Organized labor in the U.S. has taken a strong line, demanding actions by Mexico tha...

Argentine Election Impacts; Technological Sovereignty; Your Survey Answer; Food Trends

Argentina Election Impacts Argentines went to the voting booths for a general election yesterday (27 October) that was deemed fateful for agriculture. As the public opinion polls predicted, Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won and will become President and Vice...

wheat feed-grains soy-oilseeds

Food Demand Present and Future

In recent years, a number of agricultural futurists have expressed concern about the ability of the world to increase the food supply enough to feed the world’s population in 2050. The world population currently is about 7.3 billion people, and although the rate at which population is gro...

Canadian Ag Policy, Eh?; Korean Example at OECD

Canadian Ag Policy, Eh? After winning a plurality of seats but not a majority, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party will have to govern as a coalition and no one expects much to happen, especially in rural western Canada. Western Canada, where the Conservatives control politics, is agriculture...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Black Sea Miracle

The return of the Black Sea region as the breadbasket of the world is really a story about productivity gain. Over a decade (2008 to 2017), both China and Indonesia increased their total crop output by around 25 percent, but they did this in part by expanding their cropped areas by 10.7 percent...

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