Ivorian main crop may come early

Steadily improving rainfall across Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions last week is boosting prospects for a strong mid-crop harvest, with some farmers on Tuesday even predicting an early start to next season's main crop.The world's top cocoa producer is ...

Global Grain North America: Falling feed prices benefits US livestock

Tumbling feed prices have helped generate a mini-revival for the livestock sector in the US, though consumption habits are not expected to return to record levels, according to delegates at Global Grain North A...

US wheat futures down again after brief short-covering bounce

All three US wheat futures markets posted sharp losses on Tuesday, May 26, and are more likely to keep drifting lower than to retest their nearby highs anytime soon, according to a wheat trader.

South Africa lifts corn output for 2015

South Africa has boosted its 2015 corn output to 9.84 million tonnes compared to previous estimates due to better-than-expected yield survey results in its biggest crop-producing province, a government agency s...

Russia proposes new wheat export tax

Russia’s agriculture ministry is proposing a new export tax on wheat shipments, which it claims is needed to protect domestic livestock farmers from rising feed costs.

ICE US Review: Softs down, watching currency markets

Coffee contracts on the ICE Futures US platform were down on Tuesday, with the weaker Brazilian currency accounting for some of the declines.The softer Brazilian real was encouraging origin selling from the cou...

ICE Canada Review: Canola up as Canadian dollar drops sharply

The ICE Futures Canada canola market ended higher on Tuesday, supported by a sharp drop in the value of the Canadian dollar, as it made canola more attractive to crushers and exporters.Worries about tight suppl...

CBOT Review: Grains sink lower

CORN futures on the Chicago Board of Trade ended lower Tuesday, due to favourable weather in the US Midwest and spillover pressure from wheat.Estimates peg US seeding as being 90 to 95% complete as of Sunday wh...

Canadian wheat bids rise with improving basis

Cash bids for Canadian wheat were stronger during the week ended May 22, as basis levels improved. A firmer tone in US wheat futures was also supporti...

Ukraine boosts grain harvest to 54.9 mln tonnes

The forecast for Ukraine's 2015 grain harvest has been increased to 54.9 million tonnes from 52.3 million, UkrAgroConsult revealed on Tuesday.The reas...

EU increases wheat yield forecast

The EU has marginally lifted its forecast for the soft wheat yield harvest for the second month in a row, indicating that growth conditions generally ...

Sunflowers off to good start in Canada

Manitoba’s sunflower crop is off to a good start this year, having largely missed out on any damage from adverse weather over the May long weekend.“We...

Uganda ships a fifth less coffee

Uganda's coffee exports fell 21% year-on-year to 264,065 60 kilo bags in April after heavy rains disrupted the drying of beans, industry regulator Uga...

IPC sees pepper prices holding strong over the last week

Global pepper prices continued to be stronger at most origins, except that for black pepper in Sarawak, the International Pepper Community (IPC) obser...

Canadian canola crush margins deteriorating

Canola crush margins continue to drift lower, and currently find themselves at some of their worst levels in over a year.

ConAgra Foods resolves peanut butter recall of 2007

ConAgra Foods has announced a negotiated resolution to the peanut butter recall of February 2007 and has declared that its Peter Pan brand of peanut b...

Global Grain North America: Black Sea grains still a threat to US market

Despite a year of political turmoil and uncertainties, the Black Sea grains market is still a force to be reckoned with, Matt Ammermann of FC Stone wa...

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EU wheat and barley export licences continue to rise

EU soft wheat export licences reached 647,000 tonnes for the week ended May 20, pushing total licences awarded for the 2014/15 marketing season past 29 million ...

Weekly Review: Great conditions weighing on corn/soy

Extremely good spring seeding conditions across much of the US Midwest has weighed on soybean and corn futures at the Chicago Board of Trade, and the nearby bia...

Palm oil reverses some of week's losses

Malaysian palm oil futures ended higher on Thursday, recovering from the morning session and snapping four straight days of losses as weak prices attracted buyi...

Weekly Review: Corn/soybean spread widens

The widening spread between corn and soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade should be supportive for corn but a bearish factor in soybeans as the two cro...

Cumin seed

Analysis: Spice industry looks to regain credibility after product recalls

The issue of food safety has become increasingly challenging for everyone in the supply chain over recent years and 2015 is shaping up to be a particularly tric...

Interview: Chinese demand remains key to global oilseed trade

Global trade and production in oilseeds hit record highs in the 2014/15 marketing year but factors such as political unrest in major producers, the falling pric...

Algeria: Dreams of reducing import bill still a long way off

The Algerian government is keen to boost the country’s agricultural exports and reduce its import bill, but after a disappointing cereals harvest in 2014 this v...

Celery seed

Rain reduces Indian celery seed arrivals

Indian new crop arrivals of celery seed have been hampered by rains in producing areas, according to a recent report from Mumbai trader Grover Sons.

Cashews

Guinea-Bissau apprehends cashew nut smugglers

Guinea-Bissau’s fresh campaign against rampant cashew nut smuggling over the country’s land border with neighbouring Senegal has yielded its first results.

Prunes

Russian prune buyers seen as active again

Russia has become an active buyer again in the South American prunes market, QFN Trading & Agency observed in a May 21 report.

Gum Arabic

Gum Arabic shows further price gains

Upturns in the price of Talha grades of gum Arabic are helping in turn to push up the price of the Hashab and Kordofan grade one products.