Dow raises ag profits, despite weather setbacks

The conglomerate reports a drop in seed takings, hit by the extended US winter. But a rise in European agrichemical sales keeps sector profits growing

ABF sugar profits tumble, with more weakness ahead
The tea-to-grain trading group cautions over further setbacks to its European sugar operations. But a strong performance in clothing cheers investors
Kernel's grain exports soar despite Ukraine crisis
The Ukraine agribusiness unveils jumps in both grain sales and exports, saying it has been "business as normal" despite the country's political crisis
'Harsh' US winter trips up DuPont ag growth drive
DuPont unveils a drop in agriculture profits, and cuts hopes for the division, blaming the cold US winter and lower Brazilian sowings of safrinha corn
Indian dynamics bode well for phosphates revival
PhosAgro unveils a tumble in profits, but highlights the prospect of market support from India, where phosphate inventory levels are "very low"
Dairy enters bear market - but too late for Danone
Danone unveils a hit to sales from a decision to pass on raised milk costs, even as dairy values at GlobalDairyTrade take their "correction" above 20%
Astarta upbeat on Ukraine despite 'near-term' woes
The head of the dairy-to-sugar giant foresees a "substantially improved" business climate ahead in Ukraine, despite the current tensions
Brazil, EU pest pressures protect Syngenta growth
The agrichemicals giant reports sales in line with market expectations despite setbacks from weak Black Sea currencies and the harsh US winter
ADM buys rest of Toepfer in portfolio rejig
The agri giant lifts to 100% its stake in struggling trader Toepfer, sells South American fertilizer assets and revises its cocoa disposal plans
Potash price stabilises as Canada, US demand soars
North American producers' potash inventories fall sharply, as domestic demand jumps. But they seem to be losing out in exports to Russia's Uralkali
Carr's backs ideas that UK wheat crop overstated
The feed-to-engineering group says UK wheat imports could see a firm finish to the season, with stocks on farm potentially smaller than thought
Ceres loses seed test plots to Brazil's drought
The seeds group says it has lost more than one-quarter of its sorghum evaluation plots to the Brazilian drought which has sent coffee prices soaring
Equatorial Palm OiI shares soar on KLK investment
Equatorial Palm Oil dispels a cloud over its future by securing a cash injection into from giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong a Liberian joint venture
Dairy price rally 'threatens long-term damage' to demand

High dairy prices are boosting farmers' prosperity for now. But will they pay a long-term price? And what happens if China's economy falters?

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