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Trade War, Russia and Tech: What to Know as Grains World Meets

  • Crop traders to shippers meet at Geneva conference this week
  • Focus to include China’s soy demand and Black Sea dominance
Wheat grain rests in a storage barn during harvest on a farm in La Haute-Maison, France, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. In France, the EUs top grower, too much rain and not enough sun resulted in wheat with fewer grains, according to Strategie Grains.
Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

The grain market’s had a lot to think about this year. U.S.-China tensions have upended global trade flows, droughts around the world damaged crops and Russia keeps expanding its wheat dominance.

Those talking points will remain key as more than 1,000 traders, shippers and agribusiness executives gather in Geneva this week for the annual Global Grain conference. Much of the focus will be on the winners and losers as the trade war plays out, as well as how rival wheat shippers can close the gap when Russia’s exports finally start to slow.