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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.

WASDE: Wheat, corn up

Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2014 to '15 are up, with an increase in forecast hard red winter wheat production as well as smaller increases for soft red winter, hard red spring and durum.

Green peas hurting

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The first field of green peas is reported to have been combined in southwest Saskatchewan, although the bulk of the harvest will not start until mid-August.

Strength on weather concerns

Strength on weather concerns

Wheat traded with good strength last week, ending with solid gains. For the week ending Aug. 8, September Minneapolis gained 18.5 cents, September Chicago was up 27.25 cents and September Kansas City gained 13.5 cents.

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EU experts to debate Russia’s ban on European food on Aug. 14

Senior agricultural experts from all 28 European Union countries will hold an emergency meeting next Thursday to analyze the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports, the European Commission said on Friday.

Russia says food bans to have no impact on grain exports

Moscow’s bans on various food imports from the U.S. and the European Union will have no impact on Russia’s grain exports, agriculture minister Nikolai Fyodorov said on Thursday.

FAO: World food prices hit six-month low in July

Global food prices hit a six-month low in July, led mainly by sharp declines in grains, oilseeds and dairy, which balanced out rising meat and firm sugar prices, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

Russia bans Western food imports in Ukraine sanctions retaliation

Moscow imposed a total ban on imports of many Western foods on Thursday in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger-than-expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days.

Average farm prices down from June

The July All Farm Products Index is 108 percent of its 2011 base, down 3.6 percent from the June index, but up 0.9 percent from the July 2013 index.

Strength in canary bids

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Canary has had a nice upswing. In April, it was trading at 19 cents per pound, that was the bottom, and has gradually been working high.

Production estimates grow

Production estimates grow

As of the July 31 close, September Minneapolis was down 11.75 cents, September Chicago was 7.75 cents lower, and September Kansas City lost 5.5 cents. Wheat futures were trading 7 to 13 cents higher the morning of Aug. 1.

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US soymeal exports on course to top lofty expectations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already projected that U.S. soymeal exports will hit a record 10.7 million metric tons (11.8 million tons) this year, but they could well top even that lofty forecast if domestic feed users switch from pricey meal to relatively cheap distillers’ grains (DDG) and free up more meal supplies for the export market.

Dry concerns showing up

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Alberta is starting to dry up. Crops got a good start, but conditions are slipping and the outlook is for an about average crop now.

Weather pressures

Weather pressures

Wheat traded with losses for three out of four sessions last week. For the week ending July 24, September Minneapolis dropped 10.5 cents, September Chicago was off 3.5 cents and September Kansas City slipped 13.25 cents.

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