South America

Argentine port workers suspend strike

Argentine dockworkers on Tuesday suspended a 12-day-old strike that had delayed more than $500 million in grains shipments while forcing cargo vessels to drop anchor along the country's waterways. FULL STORY »

Argentina unlikely to sell large corn volumes to China

Argentina is unlikely to sell large volumes of corn to China this year, despite a recent deal between the two countries on trading the grain, due to a lower-than-expected output, an Argentine trader said on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Argentina strike idles $500 million in grains dockside

Up to 85 cargo ships sat idle along Argentina's waterways on Tuesday and more than $500 million in soy and other grains piled up dockside as port managers refused the demands of workers striking for a 12th day running. FULL STORY »

Costs multiply in Argentine port strike-grains exchange

An 11-day-old Argentine port workers' strike has halted key grains exports and could soon start affecting other commodities shipments around the world, the Rosario grains exchange said on Monday. FULL STORY »

Argentina farm forecast seen rosier next season

After back-to-back droughts, Argentine growers could have a record harvest of soybeans and corn next season as the La Niña weather phenomenon makes way for El Niño, one of the country's best-known forecasters said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Study simulates effects of foot-and-mouth outbreak in Mexico

In a worst-case scenario simulation of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Mexico, researchers found that establishing a good surveillance system and raising a more resilient breed of cattle could lessen the blow to the industry. FULL STORY »

JBS plans expansion, renting slaughterhouses in Brazil

Unofficial reports say JBS SA has leased four slaughterhouses in Brazil, allowing them to slaughter an additional 3,050 animals per day. FULL STORY »

Argentine corn crop seen smaller due to drought

Weeks of drought in Argentina caused irreversible damage to corn plants in the world's No. 2 exporter, prompting the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange to cut its 2011/12 crop estimate on Thursday. FULL STORY »

CME: U.S. farmers watching South American crops

As US farmers get ready for plantings this spring, they are keeping a close eye on the developing crops in South America. FULL STORY »

Drought reduces Argentina’s corn crop

Argentina began the year with generally favorable growing conditions, but heat and dryness during December and early January has severely reduced production potential. FULL STORY »

Argentine soy, corn crops seen shrinking this year

Argentina's soy and corn harvests will be smaller this season than in the previous crop year, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said on Thursday, underlining concerns that recent dry weather might crimp world food supplies. FULL STORY »

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