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U.S. grains: Soybeans bounce on chance of Argentina export limits

Coronavirus fears remain anchor on commodities prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures on Wednesday extended a rebound from a sharp drop earlier this week as investors anticipated changes to Argentine export taxes that could reduce export competition from the major soy supplier. Corn and wheat futures eased on pressure from a firmer dollar, which creates headwinds for U.S. exports, and […] Read more

Sarah Marquis, left and Emily Duncan, masters and PhD students at the University of Guelph.

Clarifying data ownership for higher ROI

Researchers says greater ownership of data could help bring down barriers

Reading Time: 3 minutes University of Guelph researchers say farmers and agribusiness people need greater clarity on data ownership issues when it comes to the adoption of precision technologies. Sarah Marquis and Emily Duncan, a masters and PhD student at the school, presented this thesis at the recent Precision Agriculture Conference and Technology Showcase in London. Why it matters: […] Read more

Lentils are one of the plant-based proteins growing in popularity for processing.

Growing pains in the plant protein marketplace

Labelling and supply are issues as plant protein production grows

Reading Time: 2 minutes The next step in research and development of plant-based proteins is bringing ingredients into the kitchens of home-based cooks. However, major challenges remain, including labelling, consistency of supply for raw ingredients, and the regulatory framework around fortification of vitamins. Those were among the messages delivered on Jan. 29 by Leslie Ewing, executive director of Plant-Based […] Read more

Pressure on for Bayer CEO to fix legal problems as chairman quits

Reading Time: 2 minutes Frankfurt | Reuters — The departure of Bayer chairman Werner Wenning will turn up the heat on CEO Werner Baumann to resolve the healthcare to agriculture group’s legal problems, two of the firm’s biggest German shareholders said on Wednesday. Bayer’s shares have plunged about a quarter in value since August 2018, when the company lost […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Coronavirus, other factors grip markets

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — As fears of a worldwide pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus increase, markets, including the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), are seen to have been taking a beating. “The perception is, it’s going to get worse, that trade is going to struggle,” said Steve Georgy, president of Allendale Inc. at Fort McHenry, Ill., analogizing […] Read more

Argentina ag ministry suspends registration of exports

Reading Time: < 1 minute Buenos Aires | Reuters — Argentina’s ministry of agriculture suspended on Wednesday the registration of agricultural exports until further notice, it said in a statement, a move that traders said likely foreshadowed a steep increase in grains export tariffs. “When they close the registration, it’s because something is coming,” said agricultural consultant Nestor Roulet, secretary […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans bounce, corn stabilizes

Warm winter, weaker Russian ruble drag on wheat

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn futures stabilized on Tuesday and soybean futures firmed in a mild recovery from the prior session’s steep drop on fears about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Wheat futures were mixed after posting fresh lows on technical selling and pressure from ample global supplies and stiff competition for U.S. […] Read more


Wheat has a number of positive effects in a crop rotation.

Study shows added benefits of wheat in rotation

Research shows corn, soy yield increase and N credit after wheat

Reading Time: 2 minutes A long-term study shows diverse crop rotations improve yields. Yet many farmers today grow strictly corn and soybeans, which has caused a decline in crop diversity and that is a major concern for Ontario producers. “It (corn-soybeans) is not really a crop rotation, it’s just an alternating crop sequence,” says Dave Hooker, assistant professor in […] Read more

Sweet corn had a 6.9 per cent yield boost after a diverse cover crop.

The next step for cover crops

Researchers with long-term trials looking at productivity benefits

Reading Time: 2 minutes Long-term cover crop research is moving beyond the basics to more complex interactions between covers and row crops. Projects are now looking at how cover crops affect yield over several years, have an impact on crop quality and the value they could have if farmers get credit for reducing atmospheric carbon. Why it matters: Economically […] Read more