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U.S. pork demand strong, but trade disputes could hit exports

Growing U.S. domestic demand will only go so far as the 
U.S. government picks trade fights with key export markets

American consumers are snapping up plentiful low-cost pork, but U.S. farmers are worried that trade spats with key export markets in China, Mexico and Canada could hurt a lucrative part of their pork business. The domestic demand outlook remains bright, thanks to the strong U.S. economy, upcoming spring grilling season and Easter holiday ham purchases. […] Read more

Half of U.S. soy exports to China would fall afoul of new rules

U.S. soybeans will likely become more expensive to ship to China as a result

Half of U.S. soybeans exported to China this year would not meet Chinese rules for routine delivery in 2018, according to shipping data reviewed by Reuters, signalling new hurdles in the US$14-billion-a-year business. More stringent quality rules, which took effect on Jan. 1, could require additional processing of the U.S. oilseeds at Chinese ports to […] Read more

Wet North America harvest adds pressure for farmers

Cropland is soaking wet as harvest time winds down

Manitoba farmers aren’t alone when it comes to grappling with a rainy harvest. North America’s wettest harvest in about five years is hiking farmers’ costs as they dry crops to avoid spoilage and forcing them to take price discounts that are pinching incomes already under stress. One-fifth of the United States and Canadian Crop Belts […] Read more

Chasing High Corn Prices, U.S. Farmers Skip Rotations

Farmer Brian Schaumburg has planted corn for five straight years in some of the thousands of acres he tends in central Illinois. Farmers who eschew crop rotations that help to replenish the soil with nutrients take a risk that yields will decline. But corn prices soared to a record earlier this year, making so-called corn-on-corn […] Read more

Wheat Yields In Southern North Dakota Seen Lower

Spring wheat yields were projected to decline this year in the southern half of North Dakota as a late start to the planting season and excessive moisture stressed the crop, allowing diseases to thrive, crop scouts on an annual tour found. Huge pools of standing water covered large swaths of farmland across the state, submerging […] Read more

U.S. Farmers To Sow Idle Acres, Yields In Doubt

For the past five years, Nebraska farmer Brandon Hunnicutt has carefully avoided a small, soggy seven-acre plot of land in the middle of his farm, fearing the poor soil will be more trouble than it’s worth. This year, however, Hunnicutt – and thousands of others across the Midwest – will rush to cash in on […] Read more