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Bunge fans fears of Brazil farmers hoarding crops

Bunge, unveiling lower-than-expected earnings, cites a hit from unusually slow crop selling in Brazil - a trend beginning to worry crop traders too

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Heavy rains drive Intrepid Potash to surprise loss
The US potash group unveils its third loss in four quarters, after rains force a capacity shutdown. But it flags "positive" market conditions
Hershey cuts profit hopes, citing high dairy costs
The chocolate giant underlines the gap between resilient US milk prices and weak values abroad, as it highlights a dent from dairy and cocoa costs
DuPont has appetite for ag deals, despite downturn
The owner of the Pioneer seeds business foresees "challenging" times for farmers and itself. But ag acquisitions remain on the agenda
Agrokultura warns on drought harm to Russia wheat
The farm operator says that 20% of its Russian winter wheat "has emerged in a poor state", making it vulnerable to winterkill. News on dairy is better
New potash capacity needed 'around 2020' - BHP
The mining group, which is developing a huge potash project in Canada, acknowledges that the market is "clearly in oversupply" - but not for ever
Sagging Agco in 'aggressive' drive to cut costs
The maker of Massey Ferguson farm equipment expects to reduce output by up to 16%, as "deteriorating far economics" curtail machinery demand
Scoular gets Canada growth plans back on track
Scoular, jilted in February from a Saskatchewan commodities project, agrees a tie-up with Canada-based Legumex Walker over canola
Fyffes shares dip after collapse of Chiquita deal
Irish-based Fyffes and rival Chiquita ditch merger plans, after the US group's shareholders block the deal in the face of a rival proposal
Russia pork groups flag 'benefits' from import ban
Ros Agro unveils a jump of 161% in pork revenues, thanks to higher prices and volumes, while Sojuz Group reveals plans to near-double production
Fitch warns of 'raised risk' in Brazil cane sector
The ratings agency, noting financial troubles at two Brazilian sugar groups, puts credit ratings on four operators on "negative watch"
PotashCorp raises world potash demand hopes, again
The potash giant, for a third time, raises its industry demand forecast. But setbacks over some foreign investments hold back group profits
Sipef upbeat on palm oil, rubber price prospects
The plantations group, expecting higher prices of palm oil to come, slows sales of the vegetable oil. It is optimistic on rubber values too
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Monsanto's financial revamp looks better than Syngenta deal

The champion of genetically modified seed has shown skills in financial engineering too. Its planned takeover of Syngenta may not have fared so well

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