Soybeans affected by rise in U.S.-China tension

Soybean futures lost a little ground amid the rise in tension between the U.S. and China. May 22’s settle for the nearby contract was down over 11 cents from the start of the week. In the export market for the week ending May 14, [...]

Dollar consolidates after correcting off multiyear highs

In the second half of March, the U.S. dollar index spiked to its highest levels since late 2002. The index corrected lower in a six-session slide, finding support near its 20-day moving average. Despite some contrarian views, the dollar clearly remains the world’s preferred [...]

Brazil center-south sugarcane campaign nears end

Brazil’s 2019/20 center-south sugarcane crush campaign will end this month and the 2020/21 campaign will begin in April. For the current campaign, total crush bested last year’s pace at 582.9 MMT of cane through mid-March, up 3 percent YOY, per UNICA. With the sugar [...]

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 [...]

Soybean export sales slide lower

Net soybean export sales for the week of Feb. 13 were 494,277 MT, down 23 percent week over week. Reductions were minimal for the second week in a row. China’s soybean purchases fell to just 11,500 MT, and the country’s outstanding sales were only [...]

Weather may limit South American corn production

As of Jan. 23, the Argentine corn crop was 94.7 percent planted, up 3.8 points from the prior week and up 2 points YOY. Yield expectations for the current crop are about the same as last year’s, per Bolas de Cereales. For early corn, [...]

Benchmark OJ consolidates near 95.00

After breaking below retracement support above 98.00, Mar-20 OJ is finding additional short-term support around 94.95. The contract closed Thursday down by nearly 9 percent from its recent high a month prior, pressured by weather and crop updates for the U.S. and Brazil and [...]

A new milestone in sugarcane research

Led by Brazilian researchers, an international project has found sweet success in its efforts to assemble the most complete map of commercial sugarcane’s extensive genome. Their research offers genetic engineers a foundation to alter sugarcane for optimum production needs. Glaucia Mendes Souza, lead author [...]

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