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Excellent Rains in Argentina’s soybean belt give expectations of a bumper 2019 harvest

Unlike last year the rains has been good in key parts of the Pampas including northern Buenos Aires, and southern Cordoba, Santa Fe, and Entre Rios provinces Rainstorms are sweeping Argentina’s soy belt, building soil moisture needed to guarantee good yields when crops blossom in February and providing some cushion for China to buy should its trade war with the United States continue to limit U.S. supplies. Bolstered by strong showers in key parts of the Pampas farm region, which meteorologists expect to…

“Argentinean soybean breeders are world class”

Julio Ferrarotti is a pioneer in the breeding of soy in Argentina. His father registered the first national cultivar of soybeans in ’60. In 1994 he founded a new seed company, named Relmó, together with four partners, including his father and brother. After the sale of the company to an investment fund around 2008, he continued his work as a breeder and headed Prosoja, a non-governmental association that brings together Argentine soy breeders. We wanted to know his opinion on the state of the art in the…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian Agro satellite takes off successfully

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Argentinian Earth-observation satellite into space Sunday and for the first time landed a first-stage booster back at its California launch site. The primary purpose of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery of first stages to its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. SpaceX had previously flown first-stage rockets back to land after Florida…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were real assets such, as agricultural land, the financial damage was a lower. On the other hand, the dilemma of world food supply continues. By 2050 the population will…

Gustavo Grobocopatel: “Argentina is a fabulous place to invest in farming”

Gustavo Grobocopatel used to be known as “Argentinean King of the Soybean”. The business of this farmer born at Carlos Casares, a little town in the heart of the Las Pampas, had a fast and incredible growing period during the middle of the ’90s and during the first decade of the 21st century. “Los Grobo”, the name that popularized the company, developed a business model based in renting the land, running the crops, supply inputs to farmers, and storage and commercialize the grain (own and from third-parties).…

A new Global Agricultural Index shows Argentina in a good light

Precios de la tierra agrícola actualizados 2016
Duxton Global Agricultural Property Index Analysis of historical and forecast returns generated by investment in agricultural property has been undertaken. Total returns from agricultural property investment have been generated. Total returns consist of capital returns from investment in land and improvements; and income returns from activities conducted on agricultural land. The Duxton Global Agricultural Property Index has been constructed with the total, capital and income returns. Returns provide a broad…

Argentina’s worst drought in 50 years has crushed the country’s cash flow

The economic activity in April fell 0.9% annualised and 2.7% in March, but with a production drop of 30% in agriculture and livestock. It is thought the degree of the drop could reflect the beginning of a short-term recession. The worst drought in 50 years struck negatively with economic activity in April, which fell 0.9% year on year and 2.7% from March, seasonally adjusted, reported yesterday by the INDEC . The results of analysed data are conclusive. The agricultural sector showed a decline of 30.8% year…

Agribusiness Report Argentina Merger & Acquisitions Activity April 2018

Agri Business Report Argentina Q1-2018 aims to summarize the principal activity in INVESTMENTS and M&A in Argentina for the first quarter of the year. Circulation is managed in a quarterly basis to develop relevant updated information. The investments section includes operations in Ag Finance like corporate bonds or stock offerings. The M&A section also presents a summary of the major transactions in the global scale. [gview file=”https://www.gatewaytosouthamerica-newsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AGRIBUSINESS-REPORT-ARGENTINA-Q1-2018_-by-Agrifex.pdf”]…