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China, US fail to reach agreement in distiller grains dispute

China, the world’s top buyer of distiller’s dried grains (DDGs), has failed to settle a row with the U.S. on how to eliminate genetically altered content from a product worth $1.3 billion in trade so far this year, two industry sources said on Wednesday.

Experts say Cargill case highlights foreign regulatory influence in US

Major U.S. grain exporter Cargill Inc.’s lawsuit against Syngenta AG over losses stemming from China’s rejection of genetically modified corn demonstrates how U.S. markets are becoming increasingly subject to foreign rules, legal experts said on Tuesday.

As US farm cycle turns, tractor makers might suffer longer than farmers

Farm equipment makers insist the sales slump they face this year because of lower crop prices and farm incomes will be short-lived. Yet, there are signs the downturn might last longer than tractor and harvester makers, including Deere & Co., are letting on and the pain could persist long after corn, soybean and wheat prices rebound.

WASDE: Corn projection to top record

Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2014 to ’15 are up 10 million bushels with higher expected imports of hard red spring wheat from Canada. This reflects higher stocks in Canada as well as the strong shipment pace to date.

Big crop gets bigger

Big crop gets bigger

Wheat traded lower throughout last week. For the week ending Sept. 11, December Minneapolis lost 18.75 cents, December Chicago lost 25.75 cents and December Kansas City lost 22.25 cents.

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FAO: World food prices at near four-year low in August

World food prices in August hit their lowest since September 2010 as prices of all major food groups except meat fell, led by a sharp decline in dairy prices, the UN’s food agency says.

Harvest moving

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Finally, now that we’re into September, there’s some serious combing being done. Most crops are ripe but few are dry. Quality is an issue, with mildew the biggest concern.

Conditions increase pressures

Conditions increase pressures

Wheat traded lower last week. For the week ending Sept. 4, December Minneapolis lost 21.75 cents, December Chicago lost 33.25 cents and December Kansas City lost 22.5 cents.

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Oats harvest starts

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The first oats from the southern prairies are coming off OK. Weights are adequate to good — most is coming in between 240 and 260 grams per half liter (millers want a minimum of 240 grams) and yields are running between 100 and 130 bushels per acre. Quality seems fine.

Wheat issues lead grains

Wheat issues lead grains

Wheat started last week on the defense, but recovered to end the week with gains. When it was all said and done, wheat closed mixed. For the week ending Aug. 28, September Minneapolis lost 14.75 cents, September Chicago gained 4.5 cents and September Kansas City gained 1.5 cents.

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USDA raises 2014 beef, pork retail prices on drought, disease

Retail prices for many U.S. meats, already at record highs, continue to increase on a combination of drought and disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

Spring crops harvest underway

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Spring crops, specifically oats and barley, are starting to be taken off in southern areas. Quality and yields appear about normal. Oats have decent weights. Rain has been scarce since June and it’s been hot. A crop that looked to be above-average might now be about average.

Favorable weather pressures

Favorable weather pressures

Wheat traded back and forth last week. In the end, wheat ended mixed with hard wheat (Kansas City and Minneapolis) ending with strength, while the soft wheat (Chicago) slipped. For the week ending Aug. 21, September Minneapolis gained 3.75 cents, September Chicago dropped 5 cents and September Kansas City gained 2.25 cents.

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USDA report pressures markets

USDA report pressures markets

Wheat struggled last week as traders positioned themselves ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s August crop production report. Improving fundamentals added pressure. For the week ending Aug. 14, September Minneapolis lost 13 cents, September Chicago dropped 12 cents and September Kansas City gave back 21 cents.

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Pea harvest under way

Pea harvest is under way in the south, but not yet general. Few samples have made it to processors, but there doesn’t appear to be any reason to think quality will be an issue. Trade is just getting under way.

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