Corn market feels pressure from uncertain demand

Harvest of the U.S. corn crop has begun. Production remains a little uncertain, with just 29 percent of this year’s crop at maturity as of Sep. 22, about two weeks behind the average pace of development. So far, it appears the weather will be [...]

Taiwan pledges to buy corn, soybeans

Earlier this week, Taiwan committed to purchasing a few billion dollars of U.S. corn, corn co-products, and soybeans over the next two years. Reuters reported that Taiwan agreed to buy $2.2 billion corn and soybeans from Illinois, and World-Grain.com reported Taiwan agreed to purchase [...]

How far out are pending trade agreements?

U.S.-Japan: On Monday, Sep. 16, President Trump informed Congress that he had reached an initial trade deal with Japan. The president noted his intent to sign an agreement before the end of September with a key goal being “more fair and reciprocal trade” between [...]

July’s AJC imports lowest since 2011

The U.S. imported just 20.2 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of apple juice in July, a notably small volume for the last month of the marketing year and the lowest for any month since 13.1 million SSE gallon in November 2011. Despite the drop in [...]

2018/19 soybean exports should beat August forecast

The U.S. exported 873,260 MT of soybeans during the week ending Aug. 22, down 26 percent from the previous week but still more than a third above the necessary weekly average for the rest of August. Cumulative exports totaled 45.0 MMT (1.65 billion bushels). [...]

A currency front in the U.S.-China trade war

Nearly two years after Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) began investigating China over IP concerns and 11 months after the bulk of tariffs went into effect, President Trump announced a tariff of 10 percent on some US$300 billion of Chinese exports—upping the [...]

U.S. may expand 2018/19 Mexican sugar import quota

Official estimates peg October-May imports of Mexican sugar at 596,739 metric tons raw value (MTRV), down 17.5 percent from the 723,704 MTRV imported during the same months of 2017/18. Year-to-date imports are down 19.6 percent from the average of the three market years that [...]