An aerial view of the port of Rosario, Argentina, on the shore of the Parana River. The grains hub has been receiving shipments of U.S. soybeans as a trade war has disrupted the rational flow of products.

U.S. farmers fret as Chinese soy purchases move elsewhere

Strange trade flows — U.S. beans to Argentina, Argentine beans to China, Argentine beef to the U.S.

Reuters – A ship named the Torrent recently reached the end of a 5,000-mile trip carrying soybeans from the U.S. Great Lakes to Argentina — a journey that only makes economic sense because of the U.S.-China trade war. The ship docked in the Rosario grains hub on Dec. 4, days after the leaders of the […] Read more

Democrat-led House seen backing Trump’s China trade war

The Democrats are also expected to seek greater input into trade talks with allies

Reuters – The new Democrat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to back President Donald Trump’s trade war with China and could even egg him on, but will offer tougher scrutiny of his negotiations with allies, trade experts and lawmakers say. Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods to […] Read more

U.S. farmers are receiving subsidies from their government because of the U.S.’s trade war with various countries.

USDA says nearly $840 million in aid paid to farmers to date

Farmers are complaining that the compensation falls short of their losses

Washington | Reuters – The United States Department of Agriculture has paid out nearly US$840 million to farmers to date as part of a promised $12 billion aid program rolled out by President Donald Trump last July to offset losses from the imposition of tariffs on American exports. A total of $837.8 million to date […] Read more

USDA sees ballooning soy supplies as trade war roils exports

Chicago | Reuters – The U.S. soybean crop will be smaller than expected but stocks are forecast to rise sharply as a trade fight with China weighs heavily on exports, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday. The government also trimmed its outlook for domestic corn production in its monthly supply and demand report, with yields from […] Read more

ADM profit tops estimates on export sales, oilseeds

Reuters – Archer Daniels Midland Co reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday, as the U.S. grain merchant made export sales to buyers in countries other than China during an escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing. Strong margins for oilseeds crushing also boosted earnings. The United States and China have imposed tariffs on hundreds […] Read more


The U.S. government has implemented policies supportive of corn, but not of soybean prices.

China-U.S. trade dispute likely to drag on, affecting price

U.S. ethanol policy change could increase demand by two billion bushels

Ontario farmers have harvested 60 per cent of the soybeans and 25 per cent of the corn as of Oct. 21. American farmers have combined 49 per cent of the corn and 53 per cent of the soybeans. The seven- to 10-day forecast calls for seasonal temperatures with limited precipitation, which should allow producers to […] Read more


A barge loads on the Mississippi River. American soybeans aren’t moving to China, even though they are price competitive with Brazil.

China soybean imports set for biggest drop in 12 years amid tariff conflict

China is not expected to face a shortfall in supplies because of abundant domestic reserves

Reuters – China’s soybean imports are set to drop by a quarter in the last three months of 2018, their biggest fall in at least 12 years as buyers curb purchases amid the China-U.S. trade war and high domestic stockpiles. Soybeans have been at the heart of the tit-for-tat trade dispute between the world’s top […] Read more


Looking ahead, 33 per cent of those who took part in the survey said they expected that the financial situations on their farms will be worse in a year from now.

Ag Economy Barometer volatile, drops to two-year lows

American farmers indicated trade uncertainty and potential oversupply were major worries

A so-called Ag Economy Barometer, a reading of American producer sentiment, has fallen to its lowest level since October 2016. The barometer, a project of Purdue University and the CME Group, fell 15 points in September to 114 from an August reading of 129. The Ag Barometer is an index based on a survey of […] Read more