China’s appetite for feed barley sucks in new crop from Canada, France

Tariff on Australian barley favours other suppliers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Paris | Reuters — China’s buying spree of French and Canadian barley is spilling into the 2021-22 crop with large forward purchases, due to its major feed grain needs and a prohibitive tariff on Australian barley, traders and analysts said. China has been sweeping up huge volumes of foreign crops to help feed a pig […] Read more

U.K. to ask to join Trans-Pacific trading bloc ‘shortly’

Bilateral deals signed or in works with several CPTPP members

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — Britain will soon submit its application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade bloc, trade minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday. Since deciding to leave the European Union, a process it completed at the end of 2020, Britain has been seeking out new trading arrangements around […] Read more


Australia to appeal at WTO over China’s barley tariffs

China in May imposed tariffs totalling 80.5 per cent

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sydney | Reuters — Australia will launch a formal appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO) later on Wednesday seeking a review of China’s decision to impose hefty tariffs on imports of Australian barley, Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham said. Acknowledging the appeal may take years to be resolved, Birmingham told reporters Australia would also […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans sink on South American rains, slowing demand

Wheat pressured by bumper crops in Australia, Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell for a third straight session on Tuesday on slowing export demand and as forecasts for more rain in South American crop areas tempered concerns about tightening supplies. Corn and wheat followed soybeans lower, pressured by improved South American crop prospects and a firmer U.S. dollar. Grain prices […] Read more


U.S. grains: Wheat posts weekly dip as supply worries ease

Corn, soy futures also lower

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell more than one per cent on Friday and recorded a weekly loss as expectations for bumper wheat harvests in Australia and Canada tempered fears of tightening global supplies. Corn and soybean futures declined on forecasts for beneficial rains in northern and central Brazil, although worries about dry […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat futures hit two-month low

Soybean, corn futures also decline

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures hit a two-month low on Tuesday, pressured by improving U.S. winter wheat crop ratings, strong export competition and rising estimates of Australia’s harvest, analysts said. Corn and soybean futures also sagged, retreating from early strength as traders focused on forecasts for welcome rains in South American crop regions. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat slides on Russian export prospects

Soybean, corn futures also dip

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell more than three per cent on Monday on prospects that Russia, the world’s top supplier of the food grain, may raise its export quota, analysts said, along with long liquidation at the end of the month. Soybean and corn futures dipped as rains fell on parts of […] Read more


Barley trade routes redrawn as China tariff hits Australian farmers

China's barley purchases from Canada more than double last year's

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sydney/Paris | Reuters — Out in Australia’s grain fields, farmers have started harvesting one of their biggest-ever barley crops, after drought-relieving rains convinced many to plant to the edges of their paddocks. Yet the tractors are working under the cloud of a new tariff imposed by China — seen widely as retaliation for Australia’s push […] Read more