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Morning round-up, Thursday March 19


* Ukraine’s national research institute, IAE on Thursday said that the country’s 2020 grain output could reach 67.4m tonnes, a 10.3% drop compared to 2019.


It forecast a 12.5% fall in winter wheat production to 24.2m tonnes, a 10.3% drop in corn output to 32.2m tonnes and an 8.7% decline in barley to 8.1m tonnes.



* According to a survey by US commodity broker, Allendale Inc the country’s 2020 corn planting area is expected to reach 94.631m acres, above the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 94m-acre estimate.


It expects soybean plantings to reach 83.74m acres, lower than the USDA’s 85m acres.



* Wei Hongyang from the Chinese ministry of agriculture’s animal husbandry and veterinary bureau said on Thursday that the risk of African swine fever could increase this year as the country continues to rebuild its pig herd and increase pork output.



* A USDA attaché forecast China’s soybean imports for the 2019-20 marketing year at 84m tonnes as the country’s pig herd begins to shake off the effects of African swine fever.


They estimated that this recovery will also push imports for the 2020-21 marketing year higher to 86m tonnes.




* Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported that corn usage in animal feed in the country dropped to 48.6% in January compared with 48.8% for the same month in 2019.

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