Some producers have expressed concern of skin irritation with Dekalb’s Nemastrike technology. Bayer has held off the release in 2020.  |  File photo

Bayer cancels plans to sell product in 2020 over skin irritation

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Bayer has scrapped plans for wide sales next year of a chemical that is intended to protect crops from yield-robbing worms, citing ongoing safety concerns. Bayer decided not to offer the Monsanto product called NemaStrike Technology broadly after reviewing the experiences farmers and applicators had with it this year, according to […] Read more

Cows graze near Lawley, South Africa, south of Johannesburg, this spring. Livestock contributes about 51 percent to the agricultural economy in the country, with global sheep and beef prices rising after droughts in major producing areas.  |  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko photo

African cattle investing; the new cash cow?

JOHANNESBURG/VRYHEID, South Africa, (Reuters) — Cattle have long been considered a measure of wealth across Africa, but it is not just farmers cashing in. A pioneering app in South Africa lets investors, eager to benefit from rising global beef demand, buy shares in a cow from their mobile phone for as little as 576 rand […] Read more

The U.S. corn harvest will be bigger than previously forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture  said on Monday. | File photo

USDA forecasts bigger-than-expected U.S. corn crop

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, (Reuters) – The U.S. corn harvest will be bigger than previously forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday, as the government issued a surprise boost to its yield estimate despite ongoing concerns in the country about a wet spring and dry summer limiting production. For the 2019/20 crop year, the […] Read more

Dreyfus sees Brazil, Argentina soy flows surging on U.S.-China dispute

SAO PAULO, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Global commodities trader Luis Dreyfus Co is prepared for another unusually strong second half for Brazil’s soy exports to Asia as the U.S.-China trade war drags on, with Argentina poised to profit as well this year, a senior executive told Reuters. Dreyfus benefited the most from last year’s surprise […] Read more

Argentina, the top global soymeal exporter, has tried for years to break into the China market, the biggest consumer of the meal. | File photo

China to inspect Argentine crushers, could unlock No. 1 soymeal market

BUENOS AIRES, July 30 (Reuters) – A Chinese delegation is set to visit Argentina in August to inspect soymeal crushing plants, Argentine government and industry officials told Reuters, a key step as the South American country looks to open up exports of processed soy to the world’s No. 1 consumer. Argentina, the top global soymeal […] Read more

Three Canadian exporters have recently been banned from selling to China and Beijing has called for all Canadian meat imports to be suspended.  |  Jason Lee photo

China warns meat exporters to comply

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s customs administration warned meat exporting nations this week to comply with its rules on imports, following a series of problems it identified in Canadian pork shipments. Representatives from around 30 countries attended a meeting on Monday afternoon in Beijing hosted by Bi Kexin, Director General of the Import and Export Food […] Read more