The Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu has said the government wants farmers to reduce corn plantings next year, as growing stockpiles are posing an increasing problem for Beijing.

Ukraine wheat crop forecast raised

Ukrainian weather forecasters have revised up their forecast for Ukraine's 2015 wheat crop to 24.5 million tonnes from 23.5 mln tonnes."We have increased our estimates for this year's wheat harvest to 24.5 mln ...

Ivorian cocoa arrivals still lag

Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast reached around 1,546,000 tonnes by June 28 since the start of the season on October 1, exporters estimated on Monday, down from 1,587,000 tonnes in the same per...

EU sunflower harvest to drop in 2015/16

The EU-28 was forecast to harvest 10% less sunflower seed next season, according to the latest estimates by EU industry association Coceral.

Analysis: Speculation helps fuel latest escalation in vanilla prices

International vanilla prices have surged higher in recent months and look set to remain prone to increases due to intense speculation at origin and views that Madagascar’s latest crop is only of an average size...

Market Report: Weather worries not impacting wheat export prices

World wheat export prices remained under pressure over the last month, weighed by slack nearby demand and expectations for another season of abundant global availabilities. However the focus on potential weathe...

Brazil coffee traders await new crop beans

Brazil's physical coffee markets were relatively calm this week as traders struggled to secure remaining 2014/15 arabica lots while awaiting the arrival of new crop in hinterland warehouses in coming weeks.Harv...

Weekly Review: Cocoa prices spike before retreat

Cocoa futures ended higher for the week after a wild session which saw prices hitting near the USD3,300 per tonne mark before retreating back to their recently-established range.“Cocoa seems to want to go highe...

ICE Canada Review: Canola corrects lower

CANOLA contracts traded on the ICE Futures Canada were down on Friday, seeing some speculative profit-taking to end the week following the recent run-...

ICE US Review: Sugar ends higher

ICE sugar futures ended higher Friday, with traders buying contracts on reports of reasonable demand while some exited out of the front-month contract...

CBOT Review: Grains, oilseeds supported by soggy outlook

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade closed stronger Friday amid forecasts of rain in the US Midwest, which would further drench already wet ...

Pepper prices seen as edging higher in some origins

Pepper prices in India, Sarawak and Sri Lanka increased by up to 3% in the week to June 26, while prices in other origins were reported to be stable, ...

European rapeseed output view cut

Analysts have been cutting their estimates for EU rapeseed production in the 2015/16 marketing year due to unfavourable conditions, although output is...

EU wheat crop may be smaller than thought

Forecast EU wheat production in 2015/16 will be 1.2 million tonnes lower than previously expected, according to the International Grains Council (IGC)...

Market Report: Outlook remains positive for rapeseed and canola prices

Growing concerns over dryness in Europe and Canada, as well as lower production outlooks in other major exporters like the Black Sea region and Austra...

ICE Canada Review: Canola still pointed higher

CANOLA contracts traded on the ICE Futures Canada were up again on Thursday, rising to levels not seen in nearly two years.Forecasts calling for hot t...

ICE US Review: Sugar meets resistance, ends mixed

ICE sugar futures ended mostly higher Thursday, with the nearby July contract enjoying slight support from Brazilian ethanol demands, while the more d...

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Poor emergence could lower 2015 Canadian corn acreage

Some of Manitoba’s corn crops experienced poor plant stands and emergence this spring due to unfavourable weather, which could result in lower acreage as some f...

Cameroonian cocoa shipments up by a quarter

Cameroon's cocoa exports rose nearly 27% year-on-year between the start of the cocoa season last August and May this year, to total 188,383 tonnes, the National...

New olive oil agreement set for 2017

Members of the International Olive Council (IOC) have agreed on a new treaty at an EU-led meeting, which if ratified would open the door to consumer countries s...

ADM suspends production at German biodiesel plant

US agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is temporarily halting production at its biodiesel plant in Leer, Germany because of uncertainty about the fu...

Analysis: Commodity price falls a threat for developing nations

Recent falls in world agricultural commodity prices are likely to pose serious problems for some developing and emerging economy countries, according to Agra Eu...

World peanut industry set for plentiful supply

The global peanut industry looks assured of ample supply this year, Anupam Jindel, president of edible nuts and peanuts at Olam International, told FOODNEWS ear...

South Africa: 2016 corn plantings to grow on higher prices

South African farmers are expected to plant more corn next season due to the current high prices, which have been boosted by this year’s drought-hit crop.

World pepper market presents a dangerous 'cocktail'

The international pepper market continues to surprise all participants this season, Catz International observed in a June 16 report.

New funding from Almond Board of California

The Almond Board of California (ABC) has announced a USD2.5 million commitment to independent, third-party research into next-generation farming practices.

Turkey should have just enough vine fruit for demand

This year a number of issues have affected the new Turkish sultana and raisin crop.

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.