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Morning round-up, Friday March 13


* Data from FranceAgriMer showed that spring barley sowing in the country was 34% complete on Monday.


This was up slightly from the 33% level recorded a week earlier and far below the 96% level seen for the same week in 2019.


The agency said that heavy rain was to blame for the slow planting progress.


Waterlogged fields have also affected the soft wheat condition, which declined to a good/excellent rating of 63% in the week ending March 9.


This is well below the 85% rating recorded for the same week last year.



* Buenos Aires Grains Exchange cut Argentina’s 2019-20 soybean crop estimate to 52m tonnes from its previous forecast of 54.5m tonnes.


It said in a report that high temperatures and a lack of rain in the soybean-growing areas of the country were behind its reduced estimate.


It kept its 2019-20 corn harvest forecast at 50m tonnes.



* According to the US Department of Agriculture, export sales of pork to China drop to their lowest level on record in the week ending March 5.


Exports were at negative 45,222 tonnes after Chinese buyers cancelled orders amid a drop in consumer demand due to coronavirus.




* China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Thursday reported a new case of African swine fever in Sichuan province.


The ministry said that the disease was found on a truck illegally transporting 111 pigs from other provinces.


Seven animals were dead upon discovery.



* Russia’s agriculture ministry said that it did not see a need to change the country’s grain export duty, which is currently at zero, despite the local currency hitting a four-year low against the dollar.


The ministry said in a statement that it “does not expect a significant growth in the grain prices on the domestic market and does not see the need to change a zero export duty”.


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