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Thursday 03/05/15

Blockades, Weak Real Dictate Brazil Soy Market
Uncertainty abounds across Brazil's soy market. Will the trucker blockades return and will the decline of the Brazilian real, which is making local farmers more competitive, continue?[Read Full Blog Post]
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Monday 03/02/15

Brazil's Soy Harvest 29% Complete
Brazilian soybean harvesting continues to lag but mainly because of late planting, not because of diesel shortages caused by the truckers' protest.[Read Full Blog Post]
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Thursday 02/26/15

Brazil Trucker Protest Continues Through Ninth Day
Brazilian truckers continued to block highways Thursday, hampering soy exports and harvesting efforts, in spite of an agreement between the government and trucker representatives. The Justice Ministry threatened fines for protestors Thursday.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:21PM CST 02/26/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Agroconsult Raises Brazil Soy View to 94.7 MMT
Brazilian farm consultancy raises local soy crop view on excellent conditions in south and Mato Grosso do Sul.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:29PM CST 02/26/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Brazil Truckers, Government Reach Agreement; Blockades Continue
Brazil's government and truckers reached an agreement to end an eight-day road blockade that has hindered soy harvesting and delivery. But protestors continued to block the passage of trucks across the agricultural interior Thursday morning.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:06AM CST 02/26/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/23/15

Truckers Block Mato Grosso Soy Routes
A trucker blockade of Mato Grosso soy routes enters its sixth day, raising exporter concerns about port deliveries and leaving farmers worried about diesel shortages as they harvest.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:57PM CST 02/23/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 02/20/15

Rains Hinder Brazil's Soybean Harvest
Brazil's soybean harvest slowed last week because of heavy rain. Field work is now 20% complete.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:20PM CST 02/20/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Dollar Bump Fails to Draw Soy Farms to Market
The Brazilian soybean market remains slow as well-capitalized farmers waited on forex moves.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:08PM CST 02/20/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 02/19/15

Brazil Set To Raise Ethanol Mix
Brazil is set to hike the percentage of ethanol in gasoline to 27% this month, reducing available stocks for export.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:22AM CST 02/19/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 02/13/15

Argentine Farms Look To Paraguay
Argentine soy farmers look at producing in Paraguay to free themselves from the difficulties of producing at home.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:11AM CST 02/13/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 02/12/15

Brazil's Antitrust Body Approves Cosan/ALL Deal
Cade, Brazil's antitrust body, Wednesday approved the deal to merge rail operator ALL with Cosan, Brazil's No. 1 sugar firm. The soybean industry is concerned the deal will create a bulk rail logistics monopoly at Santos port.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:11AM CST 02/12/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
Brazil's Ag Ministry Lowers Soy, 2nd Corn View
Brazil's Agriculture Ministry lowered its 2014-15 soybean view to 94.6 mmt on dry weather in the Center-West and dropped its second-crop corn number to 48.3 mmt on soy-crop delays.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:43AM CST 02/12/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 02/10/15

Brazil's Abiove Raises Soybean View to 92.3 MMT
Abiove raised its Brazilian soybean view to 92.3 mmt. While bucking the trend for lower estimates in recent weeks, the fact that Abiove started from such a low base made the hike less dramatic.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:48PM CST 02/10/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 02/09/15

Logistics Monopoly Concerns Brazil's Soy Industry
While Cosan's purchase of a controlling stake in ALL, Brazil's main rail operator, would be accompanied by much-needed investment in commodity rail transport capacity, Brazil's soy industry is concerned that the deal gives the sugar company a virtual monopoly for rail delivery at Santos port.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:11PM CST 02/09/15 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 
AgRural Slashes Brazil Soy View to 91.9 MMT
AgRural cut its Brazilian soybean forecast by 3 mmt, principally because of dryness in Mato Grosso and Goias.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:47AM CST 02/09/15 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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