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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
 

Monday 06/16/14

Corn Ethanol and Brazil
All sugarcane ethanol distilleries in Mato Grosso, Brazil's No. 1 grain state, have plans to add corn processing capacity over the next two years. But the outlook isn't for substantial growth in corn ethanol production in the medium to long term.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:34PM CDT 06/16/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 06/13/14

Soybeans Leads Brazilian Exports in 2014
Soybeans were the No. 1 Brazilian export in the first five months of the year, highlighting the importance of the grain to the world's seventh-largest economy.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:34PM CDT 06/13/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 06/11/14

Argentine Biodiesel Exports to Recover in 2014
Argentine biodiesel exports will recover in 2014 following tax breaks after sliding dramatically last year due to EU anti-dumping measures.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:46PM CDT 06/11/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 06/10/14

Brazil's Ag Ministry Raises Corn, Wheat View
Brazil's government raised its second-crop corn forecast to 45.7 mmt, bringing it in line with private estimates, and hiked its wheat view to 7.4 mmt.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:43PM CDT 06/10/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 06/09/14

Brazil to Raise Biofuel Percentage in Diesel
Brazil has announced it will raise the percentage of biofuel in diesel. Since the main source of biodiesel is soy oil, the industry estimates crushing will rise by 1.5% in 2014 on the move.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:21PM CDT 06/09/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 06/06/14

Brazil's Lack of Refuges
The practice of planting refuges next to Bt crops is far from universal on Brazilian farms. As a result, caterpillar resistance levels are already pretty high.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:01PM CDT 06/06/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 06/03/14

Brazil's Winter Soy
Traveling with the Rally da Safra crop tour last week, I got a sense of how problematic Brazilian second-crop soybean production has been this year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:21AM CDT 06/03/14 by Alastair Stewart | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 05/23/14

Brazil's Second-Crop Corn
The season for Brazil's second-crop corn started badly but the crop remains in fair shape.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:00PM CDT 05/23/14 | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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  • Brazilian Non-GM Soy Premiums Ebb
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