CNH sees tractor sales slump in Brazil and North America

Weak row crop markets are weighing on ag machinery sales, as CNH swings into a net loss

Basf sees falling input demand in Brazil
Struggling producers, and heavy stocks, are weighing on insecticide and fungicide demand in Brazil
Chinese dairy demand rallies, world production stabilises
The rate of dairy production growth in Europe is easing, Fonterra says, as it notes rising Chinese import demand
Hershey trims sales expectations as chocolate demand falls
Confectionery sales in China and North America are falling, Hershey says, as results miss expectations
Volatile hryvnia drives Ukraine egg producer to export markets
Ovostar is succeeding in growing its egg exports, as a hedge against currency volatility resulting from political unrest
Palm prices to continue to find support from Asian dryness
... but competition with rival vegetable oils will curtail price gains, says plantations group Sipef, as it nudges higher its profits hopes
Yara clings to hopes for EU fertilizer market revival
A recovery in Europe's nitrogen purchases, which failed to materialise early in 2016, will come, Yara says, unveiling results which lift its shares
Flooding dampens hopes for Uruguay ag inputs market
Inundations, which forced PGG Wrightson to evacuate a seeds factory, could dent farm incomes and sales of farm inputs, the group's owner warns
Australia delays ruling on $290m China-backed mega-ranch deal
The government postpones until after the election a decision on a second China-backed attempt to purchase the S Kidman & Co ranching empire
Ukraine wheat export boom lifts Kernel volumes to record top
Kernel successfully boosts export capacity, as analysts upgrade Ukrainian wheat prospects despite bad start to the season
ABF flags improvement, at last, at troubled ethanol plant
The Vivergo site, with capacity to crush 1m tonnes of wheat, has "operated well", and has "improved" prospects after years of losses
Sao Martinho shows potential for Brazil sugar output surge
The sugar crusher forecasts its sugar output rising by 10% this season - and that assumes below-average growth in cane processing volumes
Ros Agro to snap up Razgulay buckwheat plant
Hard on the heels of buying three Razgulay sugar mills, Ros Agro is to buy a buckwheat processing plant from the agribusiness
GrainCorp's pursuit of rival CBH ticks a lot of boxes

The way the approach to CBH is structured gives it a fighting chance. And for GrainCorp, a deal would offer both offensive and defensive benefits

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