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Friday 08/29/14

Brazil Congress Votes On Greater Trucker Flexibility
Brazil's Congress will vote on new, more flexible rules governing truckers' hours, which could cut the country's sky-high transport costs.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:13PM CDT 08/29/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 08/28/14

Brazil's Rising Soy Costs
Brazil needs to control rising soybean production costs or it risks opening the door to new players in Africa and Asia.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:44PM CDT 08/28/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 08/27/14

For Brazil, Fertilizer Self-Sufficiency Remains a Distant Dream
Brazil's plans for self-sufficiency in fertilizers have been quietly shelved amid the lack of viable projects, flat prices and harder times at state-linked fertilizer firms.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:38AM CDT 08/27/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 08/21/14

Brazilian Cotton Area to Slide on Prices
A recent slide in cotton prices will lead to a 12% reduction in planted area come the 2014-15 season, estimates the local cotton planters' association.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:43PM CDT 08/21/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 08/20/14

Brazil's Industry Raises Soybean Export View Amid High Premiums
Brazil's crushing association raises 2014 soybean export view once again as shippers draw out stocks with high premiums.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:56AM CDT 08/20/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 08/18/14

Brazil Commission to Discuss Second-Crop Soy Ban
A commission of Brazil's Agriculture Ministry will discuss whether to ban the practice of double-cropping soybeans following the sharp growth in area this season.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:33PM CDT 08/18/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 08/15/14

Brazil's SLC Agricola Slows Expansion, Tightens Belts
With the prospect of low soybean, corn and cotton prices for the coming season, SLC Agricola will slow growth and look to reduce costs.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:23AM CDT 08/15/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 08/14/14

Argentina to Plant Less Corn, Maintain Soy
With the economy in pieces and inflation rife, farmers are looking to play safe in the upcoming 2014-15 season. That means planting soybeans.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:40AM CDT 08/14/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 07/14/14

Brazil's Soybean Market Firm
Brazilian soybean prices have remained firm, despite the recent sell-off in Chicago, amid firm export demand from China and stockpiling among farmers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:17AM CDT 07/14/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 07/02/14

Brazilian Soybean Exports Slip in June
Brazilian soybean exports dropped in June but remain ahead of the year before.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:17AM CDT 07/02/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 07/01/14

Argentine Soy Farmers in a Tough Spot
Argentine farmers are faced with a difficult decision. Do they sell soybean stocks in the face of declining prices, or hold on in anticipation of a devaluation and as protection against economic crisis?[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:15AM CDT 07/01/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/25/14

Brazil Cuts Tariffs on Wheat Imports
Brazil announced it is waiving the 10% import tariff on 1 million metric tons (mmt) of wheat coming from outside the Mercosur trade bloc to hold domestic prices down.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:32AM CDT 06/25/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 06/24/14

Rains Slow Brazil's Mato Grosso Corn Harvest
Humidity sets field work back a couple of weeks.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:20PM CDT 06/24/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/23/14

Brazilian Non-GM Soy Premiums Ebb
Interest among Brazilian farmers in non-GM soybeans has been on the rise in recent years, but a more flexible approach to GM beans in Europe has reduced premiums for conventional beans this year, and planted area will likely decline.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:00PM CDT 06/23/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/18/14

Argentine Debt Default and Farmers
A U.S. Supreme Court decision potentially puts Argentina on course for default on its sovereign debt at the end of the month. In the short term, such a move would cause farmers to sell as little grain as possible and potentially further limit access to credit. On the other hand, in a better-case scenario, it could hasten the devaluation that many farmers are anticipating.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:04PM CDT 06/18/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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