Beware the Ides of March: Late, wet start for 2019 planting?

January and February saw substantial snowfall accumulation across the northern Central Plains, raising concerns about the volume of the spring thaw. The storm during Mar. 9-10 brought additional snowfall and blizzard conditions across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Another event is forecast [...]

Weather continues to support bullish trend in Oceania dairy prices

Results from Mar. 5 GDT auction showed continued resilience for the bullish trajectory of prices out of New Zealand. Across dairy ingredients, prices were up on average 3.3 percent, with particular strength in fat-containing products. Two core export commodities of Fonterra, anhydrous milkfat and whole [...]

West African weather more favorable for midcrop cocoa

Major West African cocoa origins seem to have dodged what some had thought would be a harsher Harmattan season; instead, Ivory Coast and Ghana have seen the sort of mix of sunshine and rains that typically supports higher bean production. In this case, 2018/19 [...]

Could dry weather pressure Brazil’s soybean, corn, and cane crops?

With January among the wetter months for Brazil, rains in the weeks ahead will be key to crop development. With Brazil’s growing role as an exporter of corn and soybeans, the trade will be watching the rains closely. Below-average rains have been observed and [...]

Strong U.S. cane crops still possible despite challenging weather

Even after the end of Hawaii cane cultivation and some adverse weather in recent months, U.S. cane sugar output could still hit USDA’s forecast of 4.04 million STRV, a 19-year high. Despite poor rains, Florida could reach a two- or three-year high on high [...]

California winemakers expect 2018 to be excellent vintage

California grape growers continue to harvest wine and table grapes; picking will last into next month. Raisin grape harvest is complete, and fruit is being sun dried. Vineyards this season benefited from good rain volume in February, and bloom lasted longer than usual due [...]

Livestock affected due to Hurricane Florence

Two million chickens died due to flooding in North Carolina after the storm dumped some 36 inches of rain. Multiple slaughter facilities were shut down, and numerous livestock died. North Carolina is home to 8.9 million swine, 12 percent of the total U.S. herd, [...]