Wed Jun 17, 2015 01:32 PM CDT A lack of consensus over how farmers will react to low grain prices and credit restrictions means local analysts can't agree on whether the Brazilian soybean crop area will rise or fall in 2015-16.
Mon Jun 15, 2015 02:57 PM CDT Brazilian farmers will use less fertilizer on their soybean and corn crops in 2015-16, the first drop in NPK use in six years. Meanwhile, an import bottleneck may cause fertilizer prices to rise in the second half of the year.
Wed Jun 10, 2015 09:29 AM CDT Brazil authorities hope the U.S. will announce a lifting of a ban on its fresh beef shipments to coincide with an official visit by President Dilma Rousseff at the end of the month.
Wed Jun 3, 2015 10:28 AM CDT Brazil's government announced a 20% increase in official farm credit for the upcoming 2015-16 season, which came as a pleasant surprise to farmers who thought the budget would be the same as last year at best. The increased funding may help bolster soybean area next year.
Mon Jun 1, 2015 12:46 PM CDT Sales of Brazil's 2014-15 soybean crop remain behind schedule but forward sales of the 2015-16 crop have accelerated, according to AgRural. Meanwhile, farmers have heavily sold their second-crop corn this season.
Wed May 27, 2015 02:11 PM CDT Brazil's government has eased its grip on fuel prices, offering ethanol producers some relief, but the outlook for the industry still doesn't look that bright as uncertainties abound.
Thu May 21, 2015 11:11 AM CDT China and Brazil revived plans to build a railroad connecting Brazil's soybean fields to a Pacific port in Peru. However, Brazilian farm leaders are skeptical the route will ever carry soybeans.
Wed May 20, 2015 11:34 AM CDT Argentina's government propose an Intacta seed registry as a way to curb illegal business and resolve the impasse over soybean testing by exporters, crushers and elevators.
Mon May 4, 2015 09:19 AM CDT Argentine farm groups and crushers are objecting to Monsanto's initiative to get grain purchasers to charge royalties on Intacta soybeans during the acquisition from farmers.