The largest soybean crop ever?

The switch away from corn due to late planting and a wet spring could mean record soybean acres

Planting of the Ontario soybean crop was still underway in early June, with time left in the planting window. Horst Bohner, soybean specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said that about five per cent of the crop had been planted by end of May. However, some better weather in June […] Read more

Second crop, or safrinha corn in Panarà, Brazil.

How safrinha is changing Brazil’s crop productivity picture

The second corn crop is now rivaling the first crop due to better genetics and management

Brazil has seen dramatic increases in its crop production in recent years. That’s a direct result of aggressive productivity gains in soybean and corn production in particular — and without bringing additional, previously forested land into production. According to Conab statistics, soybean production has risen from 40 million to 110 million tonnes annually in the […] Read more

Most Ontario land is like this, waiting for some dry weather before being planted.

Seed switch timing factors in a wet spring

Yield potential still high for late-planted crops, so don’t panic yet

Despite the wet and cool spring, Ontario field crop experts say there is still a lot of potential in late-planted corn and soybeans – that includes both long and short-season varieties. Despite anxious feelings and generally unfavourable planting conditions, that is, things could still work out. Why it matters: Shorter-season corn and soybeans bring tradeoffs […] Read more

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of soybeans.

Brazil grain growers launch hotline to report Bayer’s market practices

Concerns remain in the aftermath of Bayer’s purchase of rival Monsanto

Sao Paulo | Reuters – A Brazilian grain growers association has launched a hotline to encourage farmers to report practices on the part of Germany’s Bayer SA that potentially could be anti-competitive, according to a statement sent to Reuters April 23. Aprosoja Brasil, which called the initiative “an awareness campaign,” aims to galvanize farmers to […] Read more

Organic soybeans are mostly moving around the world for animal feed.

Replacing U.S. imports of organic soybeans unlikely

The rapid growth of U.S. organic livestock production has resulted in massive imports of soymeal

American organic soybean imports, especially as meal, continue to dwarf import of other organic crops. In fact, if American farmers tried to grow that many soybeans to make into meal, it could disrupt the whole organic system, says Ryan Koory, senior analyst with Mercaris, an American organic market intelligence company. Why it matters: Organic production […] Read more

Wet weather keeps farmers out of fields

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of April 22

The snow in the north and wet weather in the rest of the province continues to prevent field work from occurring across the province. Widespread rain over the Easter weekend of 30 to 80 mm will delay field operations for another week. Temperatures are slowly improving with highs in the low double digits up to […] Read more

Beijing allows imports of GM soybeans and corn for animal feed, but it does not allow farmers to plant them.

Biotech crops still a sticking point in U.S.-China trade deal

The issue is one of a number of complaints the U.S. administration has raised

Reuters – China’s lengthy approval process for genetically modified crops remains a sticking point in talks to end the trade war between China and the United States, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks. Beijing has taken years to approve new strains of GM crops, which U.S. companies and farmers have complained stalls […] Read more

Larger soybean acreage and yield this year could mean a weaker basis at harvest.

Ontario soybean acres to jump in 2019

Planted soybean acres are expected to be up eight to 15 per cent

In this update, we’re providing our first acreage and production estimates for Ontario. Elevator bids for corn, soybeans and wheat are relatively unchanged from late March. The United States Department of Agriculture Prospective Plantings report was considered bearish for corn and soybean markets; however, traders are analyzing seeding conditions and making acreage adjustments due to […] Read more

U.S. corn, soy stocks top forecasts

Chicago | Reuters –– Massive supplies of both U.S. corn and soybeans remained in storage bins around the country ahead of spring planting, U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) data released on Friday showed. USDA also said that farmers planned to boost their corn plantings by 4.1 per cent but severe flooding in the U.S. Midwest may […] Read more