Almond blossom

US almond growers are just a few days away from completing the 2015 almond crop bloom, a flash bloom which has shown nearly perfect conditions at every level, Treehouse California Almonds observed in a report released today.

Market Report: Cocoa spikes over quality concerns

Cocoa prices have increased by more than 10% over the last two weeks on the back of quality issues in Ivory Coast, although port arrivals in the country have overtaken last year’s levels.Liffe cocoa for May del...

Market Report: Barley slips further as currency action weighs in

Movement in local currencies continue to push down export prices across the board, as the barley market also feels the strain of cheaper alternatives.

Russia looks to address farming 'credit crisis'

Russia is looking at ways to address a shortage of available credit for farmers ahead of the winter sowing season.

EU wheat exports stay ahead y-o-y

EU soft wheat exports licences topped 900,000 tonnes for the third time this season in the week ended February 24, as barley sales also extended their strong run of late, the latest European Commission data sho...

ICE US Review: Coffee sinks lower

ICE coffee futures continued to drift lower Thursday, testing the key support level of US$1.40 a pound in the May contract as rains continued to aid the coffee crop in Brazil amid a sliding real.There are ideas...

ICE Canada Review: Canola mixed as spreads adjusted

CANOLA contracts traded on the ICE Futures Canada platform were mixed at Thursday’s close, with losses in the nearby March contract and firmer tone in the more deferred months as the intermonth spreads saw some...

CBOT Review: Soybeans up with Brazilian logistics issues

Chicago soybean futures ended six to 16 cents US per bushel higher on Thursday, underpinned by ongoing worries about logistical problems moving soybeans to Brazilian ports and crush plants. If movement continue...

Weekly Review: Canola futures climb to 7-month high

ICE futures Canada canola contracts hit their highest levels in seven months during the week ended February 25, but ran into resistance to the upside ...

Analysis: How much longer will Russia keep food ban in place?

There is growing speculation among food and agricultural policy analysts that Russia could soon lift some or all of the sanctions imposed six months a...

Turkish sultana and raisin sales surging ahead

Sales of Turkish sultanas and raisins have continued to forge ahead with 233,429 tonnes of raw material registered between September 1 2014 and the en...

USDA highlights upturn in world pistachio output

Global pistachio production for 2014/15 is forecast at 608,000 tonnes, up 20% from the previous year as the US, Iran and Turkey enter the on-year of t...

Australian almond producers see crop as still on track for record levels

Australian almond producers believe this year’s harvest is still on track to be the country’s biggest crop ever.Harvesting has started in the major gr...

Ukraine: Still eyeing China to boost corn exports

As Ukraine’s position of corn exporter has strengthened over the last year, the Black Sea country continues to set its eyes on boosting trade with Chi...

How much soy is being hoarded by Argentine farmers?

In Argentina, a battle over export taxes has farmers defending their fields at night amid accusations that they’re hoarding crops to undermine the gov...

Gum Arabic faces upward pressure on lower than expected new crop yields

Global gum Arabic prices have been subjected to unexpected upward pressure after it was realised that the new crop in Kordofan, Sudan, was not as good...

Russia sees fall in land prices

Average agricultural land values in Russia have decreased by up to 41% on the back of its descending currency.

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Cold weather continues in the US

The current cold weather pattern is expected to remain in place across the central and eastern US over the next two weeks.

Vietnamese coffee trade slow after Tet

Sales of robusta coffee in Vietnam have yet to pick up after a long public holiday and prices are stuck near a three-week low.Slow trading in the first half of ...

Dryness building in northern palm areas

Dryness is increasing in palm areas of east central Sumatra, northern and south-eastern Malay Peninsula and north-eastern East Malaysia.

EU compound feed production down last year

Compound feed production in the EU fell to its lowest level since 2011 last year, according to the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (Fefac).

Mixed spices

Global spice prices still prone to upward pressure in 2015

A comprehensive report from Rotterdam trader Catz International indicates that a number of key spices look set for continued firm prices this year.

Interview: "Managing risk and reputation are key, now more than ever"

Commodities trading companies have increasingly moved to become vertically integrated in recent years, with many of them also having plantations and production ...

Iran: Searching for new trade partners

Iran is looking to strengthen its ties with new partners to boost the country’s agricultural trade while its trade deficit swelled by 3.7 million tonnes in 2014...

Ginger pile

Ginger market looks set for mostly firm trend this year

International dried ginger prices are expected to hold on the firm side over the coming weeks even with a number of new crop arrivals under way.


New peanut variety promises disease resistance and other benefits

A new Spanish peanut variety that contains high levels of healthful oleic acid has been released by USDA scientists and university cooperators.


QFN Trading poised for expected better pineapple crop

QFN Trading & Agency is cautiously optimistic that supply on pineapple is set to improve soon with Thailand expecting a better spring crop this year.

Shellac in raw form

Shellac producers respond to requests for food safety data

Global shellac manufacturers are collectively in the process of gathering data on the use of shellac E904 in food for toxicological studies.