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Soybeans, once a novelty in Western Canadian fields, are poised to reach record-large acreage again this year, and some of the world’s biggest seed companies are betting they have further room to grow in a country known for wheat and canola.
LONDON - U.S. wheat prices rose to a two-week high on Tuesday, boosted by concern about dry weather in both the United States and Russia, while soybeans fell to their lowest level since early February.
Buyers of Canadian wheat are increasingly complaining about quality ever since Ottawa changed how its biggest crop is sold and inspected, raising the risk the world’s third largest exporter will lose sales to rivals like the U.S.
Upper Midwest wheat farmers generally are enjoying good yields this fall. But the favorable yields often come at the expense of protein content, and that’s leading to substantial price discounts for low-protein wheat and sizeable premiums for high-protein wheat.
Australia lowered its forecast for 2014-15 wheat production by nearly 1 percent as dry weather curbs yields, and the world’s third-largest wheat exporter warned output could fall further if an El Nino weather pattern forms.
At least one factor can be considered an early indication that North Dakota’s winter wheat crop might be surviving better than some people expected, considering the harsh winter, according to Blake Vander Vorst, senior agronomist with Ducks Unlimited.
Excessive cold and the prospects of freeze-thaw issues in the southern Plains are adding to wheat market uncertainty heading into the spring.
Jim Peterson, marketing director of the North Dakota Wheat Commission in Bismarck, says the market has been fickle on whether the possible freeze damage is a concern.
Brisk world demand and shrinking supplies, notably in competing Black Sea countries, are likely to drive soft wheat exports from the European Union to record highs this season, beating earlier expectations.
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