Values for both exports and futures are weakening in the wheat market with little bullish impetus foreseen towards the end of the calendar year.

Market Report: Smaller sunseed crop than expected

Global sunflower seed and cottonseed production will be lower than previously expected and this should help to reduce global oilseed production for 2015/16 to 531.0 million tonnes, according to the latest USDA ...

Weekly Review: Bullish sugar may have further upside

Fresh sugarcane Even after a rally that brought ICE sugar futures to their strongest levels in four years, a US analyst said the commodity has the potential to strengthen further.

Steady vine fruit sales for South Africa and Australia

Raisins; DFN; dried fruit; South Africa has seen steady sales of vine fruits this year with some buyers switching from Turkish raisins to South African Choice Thompsons. 

US pecan carry-in much higher than anticipated

Pecans; DFN; nuts; Young Pecan; The US carry-in volume of pecans into the 2015/16 season is much higher than anticipated earlier and this is indicative of a number of factors, such as a slower harvest, Young Pecan/National Pecan noted in a No...

Russia moves to restrict imports of Turkish agri-food

Russian agriculture minister  Alexander Tkachev SOURCE: Russia is to ‘strengthen controls’ on imports of Turkish agri-food products in the wake of the downing of one of its fighter jets in Syria earlier this week.

Iranian pistachio exports show slow start to new season

Pistachios; DFN; nuts; Iran; Iranian pistachio exports declined sharply this October from those of the same month in 2014, but industry sources are cautiously optimistic that the country should be able to achieve a decent overall volume ov...

Thailand to boost rice shipments to Iran

Thailand expects to sell 200,000 tonnes of rice to Iran, following a delegation visit to the Middle East, the country’s commerce ministry said on Thursday (November 26).

Cocoa farmers pessimistic of meeting Ivorian target

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers say they doubt the country can achieve its target for the 2015/16 main crop even though abundant recent rainfall should prov...

Germany’s BayWa snaps up UK grain trader

Germany’s BayWa Group is strengthening its grain trading operations in the UK with the acquisition of Somerset-based company Wessex Grain.

Huge increase in Indonesian biodiesel demand expected

Indonesia's biodiesel consumption is seen soaring to 7.9 million kilolitres next year from 1.1-1.2 kilolitres in 2015, an industry body said, adding t...

Resurgence in guar gum usage now looks possible

Guar reached its lowest price in five years yesterday (November 24), making guar gum the cheapest hydrocolloid on the market again, according to a May...

Egypt buys French, Russian and Romanian wheat

Egypt's state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC), bought 240,000 tonnes of French, Russian and Romanian wheat in a tende...

CBOT Review: Soybeans up in pre-holiday trade

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade were up nine to twelve cents per bushel on Wednesday, with speculators covering short positions ahead of...

ICE US Review: Sugar mostly lower on increased selling

ICE SUGAR closed mixed, but mostly lower, on Wednesday as a stronger US dollar and resulting weakness in the Brazilian real pressured prices. A strong...

Dryness to linger in Northern Brazil

Lower chance of rainfall in northern Brazil could continue impacting crops, outlined MDA Weather Services.

Lower Canadian grain output yields faster railway deliveries

A year ago Western Canadian short line railways were struggling to meet commitments, but this year’s smaller grain production has reduced the stress o...

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Canadian pulse production outlook moderately increased

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada raised pulse production expectations slightly in its latest supply and demand report , while lowering their ending stocks forec...

Indian sugar production ahead y-o-y

Crushing operations for the current 2015/16 are progressing at a faster pace than last year according to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA).

EU olive production to increase 30% from last year

The EU olive harvest will rebound by 30% year-on-year after last year’s was one of the worst in memory having been hit by unfavourable weather conditions in key...

China DDGS imports down 29%; corn imports low

China imported 660,193 tonnes of distillers' dried grains (DDGS) in October, up 460% from a year ago, but fell 29% from September according to official customs ...

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Analysis: ginger buyers hesitant in uncertain market

New crops of dried ginger due to come through over the next few months will give international spice dealers a much better idea of the likely market direction o...

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Agbiotech company makes strides with crop field trials

Over the past eighteen months, BioConsortia, a California and New Zealand-based agbiotech company, has made considerable progress in its field crop trials aroun...

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Analysis: Argentine grains poised for post-election boom

A potential change in government this weekend could trigger a turnaround for the Argentine grains market leading to larger supplies and unlocking trade restrict...


Adverse weather creates bullish tone for Madagascar cloves

The local cloves market in Madagascar has been bullish of late due to adverse weather, Gregoire Courme of French trader Aromatum reported today.

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Australians urged to increase nut intake

Research shows that Australian consumers are not eating enough nuts to fully benefit their health.


Fine weather bolsters Argentine raisin output

Raisin production for 2016 is estimated at normal levels of 32,000 tonnes, due to good weather conditions and a new USDA report gave a figure of 33,000 tonnes f...

Guar gum splash

Guar gum price direction is difficult to predict

India’s new crops of guar seed and gum are currently being harvested and sold in the market but the future direction of prices is difficult to gauge.