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President’s cattle call finds expected marks in U.S.

Trump suggests killing trade pacts with unnamed cattle-exporting nations

U.S. President Donald Trump’s remarks Tuesday about imports of live cattle into the United States resonated predictably among that country’s various cattle producer groups. At a White House event Tuesday, flanked by U.S. farm and ranch leaders and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for a multi-billion-dollar COVID-19-related farm aid announcement, Trump said he “read yesterday where […] Read more

China hits Australia with barley tariff

Duty to last for five years; China may turn to Canada, other exporters

Beijing/Sydney | Reuters — China added to tensions with Australia on Monday by announcing anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties totalling 80.5 per cent on Australian barley imports from Tuesday (May 19), which is expected to all but halt a billion-dollar trade between them. China’s ministry of commerce said it had confirmed dumping by Australia and significant […] Read more


U.S. grains: CBOT wheat hits lowest since March

Soybeans, corn firm as oil rallies

Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. wheat futures fell to their lowest in more than two months on Monday, pressured by sluggish demand on the export front and some much-needed rain in the U.S. Plains, traders said. Soybean futures were higher, supported by gains in the crude oil market as well as strong demand from China. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat ends week down four per cent

Soybean, corn futures firm

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday and recorded their biggest weekly slide in a month, dragged down by rising global stockpiles and improving crop prospects in Europe that signal strong competition for export business, analysts said. Soybean and corn futures closed modestly higher in rangebound trade. Chicago Board of Trade July […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat nears two-month low on export competition

Corn, soybean futures also sag

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures slid to a near two-month low on Wednesday, testing psychological support at the $5-per-bushel mark, pressured by forecasts for rising global grain supplies and strong export competition, analysts said. Soybean and corn futures also declined as a speedy U.S. planting pace supported expectations for large harvests. Traders shrugged […] Read more

Australia requests China trade talks over beef, barley

Sydney | Reuters — Australia’s trade minister is seeking urgent talks with his Chinese counterpart after key agriculture exports were hit with suspensions and tariff threats, but said Australia will continue to push for an inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak. Trade minister Simon Birmingham requested a telephone call with Chinese commerce minister Zhong Shan after […] Read more


U.S. grains: Corn up despite USDA forecast for ballooning stocks

Soybeans drift lower; wheat weaker on improving crop weather

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago corn ended higher on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast U.S. corn stockpiles would top 3.3 billion bushels by the end of the 2020-21 marketing year, a 33-year high that nonetheless fell below an average of trade expectations. USDA’s forecast for 2019-20 corn ending stocks, at 2.098 billion […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans up on export demand

USDA data awaited

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures firmed on Monday, reaching a 3-1/2 week high on fresh export sales to top global buyer China, traders said. Corn and wheat futures drifted lower as traders adjusted positions a day ahead of a monthly supply/demand report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in which analysts expect the […] Read more