Global Wheat Trends

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by David A. Widmar

A few weeks ago we took a look at the trends in U.S. wheat and observed that wheat acres had been steadily declining since the 1980s. This got us (and many readers) to wondering about the trends in global production. This week’s post takes a look at global wheat trends by digging into acres harvested, production, and how the U.S. fits in. Continue reading

Trends in Corn and Soybean Exports

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by David Widmar

Grain commodities have faced significant headwinds in recent months. It seems that bearish news keeps following bearish news. In addition to above-trend crop yields in the U.S. adding to already abundant inventories, the strong U.S. Dollar has made it difficult for the U.S. to compete for global export markets. In this week’s post, we’ll take a look at corn and soybean exports to evaluate current conditions

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Beef: It’s What’s for Import

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by David Widmar

The cattle markets have started to feel the same downward price pressures that have weighed on nearly every commodity market. From oil to corn and soybean, “too much” production has been a common theme. And while the cattle industry was looking to rebuild the cow herd, a recent surge of beef imports has also added to the beef supply. This week’s post takes a look at how significant beef imports have been. Continue reading