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Karen Braun

Column: China’s huge grain stockpiles set to linger through next year

10:33am BST

CHICAGO China may be a minor participant in global grain trade, especially relative to the volume it consumes, but recent policy changes, the trade war with the United States, and the spread of African swine fever in its hog herds have drawn traders' attention to all things China.

Column: Canadian canola conundrum echoes U.S. soybean woes with China

10:40am BST

CHICAGO Canada has not exactly declared a trade war on China, but it might seem that way for the country’s canola farmers who have cut plantings for this year, somewhat mirroring the plight of U.S. soybean farmers across the southern border.

Column: Funds set new bearish benchmark across CBOT grains and oilseeds

23 Apr 2019

CHICAGO Speculators reached record levels of bearishness in Chicago-traded grain and oilseeds last week as global supplies continue to expand in the absence of any serious threats to crops on the horizon. Commodity funds were net sellers across the board last week and they have not changed their minds in the days since. (https://tmsnrt.rs/2IyRdnn)

Column: China still dominates U.S. soybean exports despite trade war

18 Apr 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Even with an ongoing trade war, China was the top destination for U.S. soybeans during the first half of the current marketing year, and the Asian country will help determine whether American beans can meet the U.S. government's full-year export targets.

Column: Funds hit new record short in CBOT corn but load up on hogs

15 Apr 2019

WINTER PARK, Colo. Speculators established yet another record bearish position in Chicago-traded corn last week, but any short-covering rally in futures that might result is likely to be lackluster.

Column: CBOT soybeans mark one-year anniversary of China’s tariff threat

05 Apr 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. One year ago, the U.S. soybean market realized its worst fear: China announced plans to put tariffs on the U.S. oilseed along with a handful of other imports in response to the U.S.-imposed duties on Chinese goods.

Column: A U.S.-Mexico border closure would cause giant headache for agriculture

04 Apr 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. As if the ongoing trade war with China is not enough, the U.S. agriculture market is now uneasy over a potential border closure with vital agriculture trading partner Mexico as immigration issues continue to flare in Washington.

Column: Funds cover CBOT shorts but retreat on heavy USDA data

01 Apr 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Speculators began to cover massive short positions in Chicago-traded grains and oilseed futures last week, but they were sent back to their bearish ways with weighty supply numbers from the U.S. government on Friday.

Column: USDA data may hold higher stakes for corn than soybeans

29 Mar 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. Corn might be best poised to lead any moves in Chicago-traded futures on Friday when the U.S. government publishes planting and stocks data, as the current supply situation for the crop is more precarious than that of soybeans.

Column: U.S. corn export outlook a bit less sunny as S. American crops rebound

28 Mar 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. The 2018-19 marketing year has so far been the busiest for U.S. corn shippers in more than a decade, but the export pace in the final few months of the season might turn out to be less exciting.

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