U.S. spring wheat tour sees yields of 43.1 bushels per acre

FARGO, N.D., (Reuters) – Scouts on an annual crop tour projected harvest yields for the 2019 U.S. hard red spring wheat crop at 43.1 bushels per acre (bpa), up from the tour’s 2018 projection of 41.1 bpa but below its five-year average of 44.7. Scouts on the Wheat Quality Council’s three-day tour surveyed 356 spring […] Read more

South central North Dakota wheat yields seen above average

GLEN ULLIN, N.D., (Reuters) – Wheat yield potential in south central North Dakota is trending above average, with the crop benefiting from ideal weather following a wet spring that delayed planting, scouts on annual tour found on Tuesday. “This is really good wheat for out here,” said Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat […] Read more

The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. | File photo

USDA shocks with record U.S. corn, soy yields outlook

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Agriculture Department on Wednesday issued a surprise increase to its corn harvest forecast due to expectations of record yields in key production areas such as Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana. Soybean yields were seen at an all-time high, with the production outlook raised above its already record-high forecast. […] Read more


U.S. farmers planted more soybean acres than corn for the first time in 35 years even as domestic soy supplies reached the biggest on record for early June, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday. | File photo

U.S. soy acres top corn for the first time since 1983 – USDA

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers planted more soybean acres than corn for the first time in 35 years even as domestic soy supplies reached the biggest on record for early June, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday. Growers hoped for better profits for the oilseed, which costs less to plant than corn, […] Read more

U.S. corn and wheat stocks are also expected to drop due to smaller harvests, according to the government's monthly supply and demand report. | File photo

USDA sees U.S. corn, soy, wheat supplies falling in 2018/19

WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean supplies are seen falling in the upcoming marketing year as domestic usage and exports are expected to remain strong even as production eases, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday. Domestic corn and wheat stocks are also expected to drop due to smaller harvests, according to the government’s […] Read more


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday said negotiations were the preferred method for easing trade tensions between China and the United States. | Michael Raine photo

Negotiations still best tool in U.S.-China trade row – Perdue

(Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday said negotiations were the preferred method for easing trade tensions between China and the United States. “Our first goal is to negotiate ourselves out of the saber rattling that has occurred and to make sure that these market disruptions do not have a permanent impact,” Perdue […] Read more

U.S. grain companies fear harm from new tax law

CHICAGO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The new U.S. tax law is poised to drive more control over the nation’s grain supply to farmer-owned cooperatives, provoking concern among ethanol producers and privately run grain handlers that they could be squeezed out of the competition to buy crops. Until now, the cooperatives, private companies and publicly traded […] Read more

U.S. farmers tighten belts to compete with cheap LatAm grain

CHICAGO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – When Kansas farmer Tom Giessel drove over a deer carcass and punctured a tire on his combine during harvest this fall, he did not have the time or cash to fix it. He borrowed his neighbour’s tractor to finish. U.S. farmers are cutting costs any way they can to compete […] Read more


In its monthly crop production report, USDA pegged the corn harvest at 14.28 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 171.8 bu. per acre. That compares with its September forecasts of 14.184 billion bu. and an average yield of 169.9 bu. per acre. | File photo

USDA raises corn crop on record yields, trims soy yields

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday lowered its outlook for the soybean yield from its September forecast but left the total production view for the oilseed largely unchanged due to increased harvested acres. However, it lowered its forecast of year end soybean stocks. It bumped up its domestic corn […] Read more

U.S. farmers slashed their winter wheat plantings to the lowest in more than a century as supplies of the grain ballooned to a 29-year high, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday. | File photo

U.S. winter wheat plantings lowest since 1909; stocks swell

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers slashed their winter wheat plantings to the lowest in more than a century as supplies of the grain ballooned to a 29-year high, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday. The report was considered generally bullish as prices rose following the release. USDA also dialed back its […] Read more