Warmer weather expected to benefit developing crops

Recent heavy rains from the southwestern to the northcentral Grain Belt replenished topsoil moisture ahead of a warmer and drier stretch of weather. Beneficial drying is expected across the southern areas, where soil moisture is adequate, as well. As soil moisture is already low [...]

Record world wheat supplies may impact export values

In the May WASDE, new-crop wheat production forecasts for the U.S. and EU were both slightly down from 2019/20. However, USDA forecasted 2020/21 world wheat production at a record 768.5 MMT (28.2 billion bushels), supported by sizeable crops in Australia, Canada, and Russia, and [...]

Southern Brazil to get rain, U.S. soils remain saturated

South and southwest Brazil have seen limited rains in recent months. While significant rain is expected in these areas over the next two weeks, it may not be enough to restore soil moisture to adequate levels. Nevertheless, any rain at this point will be [...]

Australian wildfires visible from space

Having burned through over 15.6 million acres, the Australian wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate. Fires have been particularly intense along Australia’s east coast, with New South Wales suffering severe damage and Victoria declaring a state of disaster. Coastal communities, where fires were fanned [...]

Mexico continues to be great trade partner for U.S.

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico grew over 32 percent from 2009 to 2018, per USDA. In 2018, Mexico was the top export destination for U.S. corn, dairy, poultry meat and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and more. Additionally, the country is in [...]

Fallout from USDA’s move out of Washington

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NAFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) have each lost between 50 and 75 percent of their staff since June 2019. That is when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue announced these two USDA agencies would be [...]

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