Black Earth warns of elevated winterkill - but shares soar

The Russian farm operator says it has already written off 11% of its winter wheat. But it is underlines some fillips to spring sowings prospects

Agriterra attempts to beef up from selling steak to miners
The corn-to-cocoa group is looking at exploiting a mining boom in northern Mozambique to improve fortunes, after hits from ebola and weak corn demand
Fonterra holds milk payout, amid doubts over market rebound
The co-operative holds at an eight-year low its forecast milk price paid to farmers, amid doubts over the sustainability of a recovery in world values
Gladstone flags faith in US farmland, as losses narrow
Gladstone Land says it has "many more" potential farm purchases in the works, after buying 11 last year for a total of \$68m
Sanderson Farms sanguine on rising US broiler volumes
Buoyant demand "could" absorb the extra chicken supply in the offing Sanderson Farms says, as it unveils a doubling in earnings
Agrium sees 'tight' potash market, despite lifting its own output
The farm retail-to-fertilizer group sees a potential doubling its potash output this year. But this will not prevent a "relatively tight" market
Brazil, FSU worries prompt Deere to cut profit hopes
The maker of John Deere machinery cuts its forecast for full year earnings and sales, despite a better-than-expected start
Sipef flags potential for palm price rise as it slows hedging
The group has slowed forward sales of its palm oil, noting the potential for "a rally". It is sanguine on prospects for rubber and tea prices too
CF Industries 'pretty positive' on upbeat US corn area forecast
The fertilizer group underlines a forecast for only a small dip in US corn sowings, as it downplays the threat of soaring Chinese urea exports
North American potash stocks rebuild from 6-year low
The region's potash producers raised output late last year, even as domestic buyers pulled back somewhat. Phosphate stocks showed the opposite trend
Arla ditches profits forecasting, citing dairy volatility
The Danish-based giant ditches profits forecasts thank to the "unpredictable" dairy markets. Still, Australia's Bega Cheese sees a stable outlook
Rentech shares rise after it puts nitrogen arm up for sale
Shares in both Rentech Nitrogen and majority owner, Rentech Inc, rise on news of a revamp which includes the potential sale of the fertilizer business
Noble Group expands fightback against accounting claims
The commodities trader accuses Iceberg Research of "misleading allegations", after its shares take losses in two days to 13%
Shares in first listed cocoa-growing specialist jump on debut

Dennis Melka, one of the world's few serial plantations entrepreneurs, talks on "extortionate" export taxes, and the "Porsche of cocoa"

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