Canada to give income support, mulls emergency measures to slow coronavirus

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said Canada would provide financial support to people affected by the coronavirus outbreak and also mused about imposing emergency measures to restrict the movement of people and goods. The death toll rose to five after Ontario, the hardest hit of Canada’s 10 provinces, reported its first […] Read more


The exemption, which will take effect from the day of issue, will be valid for a year, sources briefed on the matter said. | USDA photo

China grants duty exemption on U.S. soybean imports

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China has granted tariff exemptions for some crushers to import U.S. soybeans, five sources told Reuters, in line with a plan it announced in February, aiming to fulfill commitments under its Phase 1 trade deal with the United States. The exemption, which will take effect from the day of issue, will be […] Read more


France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate. | File photo

French regulator says pesticides a priority in curbing new plant diseases

PARIS, (Reuters) – France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate, the country’s health and safety agency said late last month. A first case was confirmed in France last week of a virus that […] Read more

Weekly USDA wheat ratings improve in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service in a weekly crop report earlier this week rated 43 percent of the Kansas winter wheat crop in good to excellent condition, up from 35 percent a week earlier. Kansas is the biggest U.S. winter wheat producer. The USDA reported surplus moisture […] Read more



Chinese soy crushers set to add to ballooning soyoil inventories

BEIJING/SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – Soyoil inventories in China look set to build up further from already-high levels, denting prices even more, as the world’s largest soybean crushing sector cranks back up following coronavirus-led cutbacks last month, traders and analysts said. China’s stocks of soybean oil have climbed 50 percent this year as edible oil consumption slowed […] Read more

India’s rapeseed output could rise, cut vegoil imports

JAIPUR, India, (Reuters) – Rapeseed output in India, the world’s biggest importer of vegetable oils, is likely to rise five percent this year as favourable weather boosted yields of the winter-sown oilseed, a leading trade body said on Wednesday. Production is expected to stand at 7.8 million tonnes in the crop year to June 2020, […] Read more


Russia, Ukraine look for rain as spring grains sowing starts

MOSCOW/KIEV, (Reuters) – Farmers in Russia and Ukraine are looking for rains in the coming weeks as they start spring grain sowing earlier than usual after warm and dry winter, analysts and officials said. Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan compete for supplies mainly via the Black Sea ports to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Their […] Read more