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Bayer’s cross symbol hangs in a terminal at Frankfurt International Airport. (Typhoonski/iStock Editorial/Getty Images)

Bayer sees farmers pre-buying inputs as supply-chain snarls continue

Chicago/Berlin | Reuters — U.S. farmers are pre-buying seeds and chemicals they need earlier than normal, in a bid to secure supplies for next spring amid sector-wide supply-chain problems, a top executive at German agricultural and pharmaceuticals firm Bayer said Tuesday. Bayer also estimates its average seed prices will go up about five per cent […] Read more

Tropical Storm Nicholas in the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 14, 2021. (Nesdis.noaa.gov)

Some grain terminals restart after Ida as Nicholas rains arrive

Reuters — Another grain export terminal near Louisiana’s Gulf Coast shuttered for two weeks by Hurricane Ida restarted operations this week even as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas battered the region on Tuesday. Global grain trader Cargill said it had reopened its Westwego, La. grain export terminal and on Monday unloaded its first grain […] Read more


CBOT December 2021 corn (candlesticks) with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages (yellow, green and black lines). (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Prices down on rains, Ida shuts grain facilities

Iowa, Minnesota crops benefit from rain; Cargill says Ida damaged Louisiana terminal

Chicago | Reuters — Favourable rains in the U.S. Farm Belt combined with approaching harvests to push down Chicago Board of Trade grain and soybean futures on Monday, analysts said. Traders, meanwhile, assessed disruptions to U.S. crop exports from Hurricane Ida at a time when global supplies are tight and demand from China is strong. […] Read more

A freight train at Manchac, La., about 75 km east of Baton Rouge. (CN.ca)

CN challenges CP with Kansas City Southern bid

KCS shareholder warns U.S. regulator 'doesn't like overlap'

Reuters — Canadian National Railway said on Tuesday it had offered to buy Kansas City Southern railroad for about US$33.7 billion, sending shares of the U.S. rail company soaring as investors anticipated a bidding war with Canadian Pacific Railway. CP had agreed a deal to acquire Kansas City Southern for about $25 billion last month […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Markets prepare for Laura

CBOT weekly outlook: Markets prepare for Laura

Hurricane approaching U.S. Gulf Coast

MarketsFarm — Hurricane Laura, currently a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast late Wednesday or early Thursday but the Chicago Board of Trade is already feeling its effects. “It’s going to bring widespread rain and flooding to the Delta region, where unharvested rice, corn and soybean crops may feel a […] Read more

File photo of a Mississippi soybean field with glyphosate-resistant amaranth. (Yanbo Huang photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Bayer scraps plans for U.S. dicamba production

Move unrelated to court ruling, company says

Chicago | Reuters — Bayer said on Tuesday it will scrap a nearly US$1 billion project to produce dicamba in the United States, but said the move is unrelated to a federal court decision that blocked sales of dicamba-based herbicides. The German-based company is moving to save cash as it wages an expensive legal battle […] Read more