A farmer harvests wheat in China’s Jiangsu province. The country is expected to import 10 million tonnes of wheat this year, the highest level in more than 25 years. | Reuters photo

Dissecting China’s hunger for corn

The Asian country’s corn and wheat imports have skyrocketed, but analysts disagree over how long-lasting they will be


Analysts are debating whether China’s huge 2020-21 corn and wheat purchases are an anomaly. Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company, is firmly in the camp that they are not a one-off episode. “It looks like China is going to be a much more regular importer of world corn for many years to come,” he said. […] Read more

Chinese imports got off to a slow start in 2020 but picked up steam in the second half of the year with a wave of soybean and corn purchases.  |  Reuters photo

Markets watch China’s upcoming Phase 1 purchases

The country fell short of its obligations under its trade deal with the U.S. last year, but all eyes are on what it does in 2021

China could meet its 2021 Phase 1 agreement target for agricultural imports from the United States, and that would do wonders for crop prices, says an analyst. “If China does what it says, it will be quite bullish,” said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company. China has committed to import US$43.4 billion of U.S. agricultural […] Read more

Rations comprising corn and soybeans have now become the standard in China, and that has resulted in a sizeable uptick in corn demand. | Reuters/Thomas Peter photo

Chinese corn imports soar following ASF outbreak

Heading into 2020-21, analysts were convinced that African swine fever would minimize China’s corn imports. They were wrong. What it did was eliminate about 30 million tonnes of food scraps being fed to hogs in that country, said Bryan Lohmar, China director for the U.S. Grains Council. Instead, rations comprising corn and soybeans have now […] Read more


Chinese imports got off to a slow start in 2020 but picked up steam in the second half of the year with a wave of soybean and corn purchases.  |  Reuters photo

All eyes on China’s upcoming Phase 1 purchases

China could meet its 2021 Phase 1 agreement target for agricultural imports from the United States, and that would do wonders for crop prices, says an analyst. “If China does what it says, it will be quite bullish,” said Dan Basse, president of AgResource Company. China has committed to import US$43.4 billion of U.S. agricultural […] Read more

Competition grows for China’s food imports

The Asian country is making a conscious effort to diversify its agricultural suppliers, which may hurt traditional exporters

China is diversifying its agricultural trading partners and that will force traditional suppliers to employ new tactics, says the United States Department of Agriculture. “In contrast to the past, when the United States was among just a handful of suppliers, the United States now faces growing international competition in China,” stated the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural […] Read more


Soybean prices are forecast to

USDA expects grain prices to remain high

UPDATED – February 19, 2021 – 1505 CST – The chief economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting the good times will keep rolling for grain farmers in 2021-22. “We expect grain and oilseed prices to remain at these higher levels reflecting tight global supplies and strong international demand,” Seth Meyer said in […] Read more

Previous to the African swine fever outbreak, China produced roughly half of all the pigs in the world. | Reuters photo

China pork estimates hard to gauge

China’s claims that it has regained 90 percent of the hog production lost during an outbreak of African swine fever are not gaining traction among North American hog and livestock market analysts. Through disease losses followed by precautionary slaughter beginning in 2018, China is thought to have lost more than 40 percent of its herd, […] Read more

African swine fever, bilateral trade tensions and COVID-19 have reinforced China's push to diversify its supply chains, according to the USDA. | Reuters photo

Competition grows for China’s food imports

China is diversifying its agricultural trading partners and that will force traditional suppliers to employ new tactics, says the United States Department of Agriculture. “In contrast to the past, when the United States was among just a handful of suppliers, the United States now faces growing international competition in China,” stated the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural […] Read more


China’s General Administration of Customs only began releasing monthly data for all meats combined last year but the 2020 total is believed by industry analysts to be a record. | Reuters photo

China imports more meat

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — China imported 9.91 million tonnes of meat in 2020, recent customs data showed, as the world’s biggest consumer of meat stocked up on proteins after a further plunge in its pork output. Shipments were up 60.4 percent on the year before and came after China’s output of pork, its staple meat, […] Read more

China drafted new tariff rate quota rules for wheat after losing a World Trade Organization case to the United States and implemented them last year. Analysts say the new rules appear to be working.  | File photo

Sales to China seen long-term

China’s massive 2020 wheat import program was not a flash in the pan, according to a senior American wheat industry executive. China is estimated to have bought 8.5 million tonnes of wheat last year, the highest volume in 25 years. It has rapidly become the world’s third largest importer behind Egypt and Indonesia. The surge […] Read more