Hedge funds eschew net short on ags, as sugar's appeal grows

Hedge funds position extend bets on falling grain prices, amid Argentina fears. But on sugar, bullish positioning hits a two-year high

Aussie rains too late to help wheat - but boost to cotton, sorghum
Abares cuts its forecast for the ongoing Australian harvest of winter grains, such as wheat. But it hikes hopes for summer crops cotton and sorghum
Dow sells off herbicide line, amid sector shake-up
The chemical group will spin off a line of herbicides, to the privately held Gowan company
Urea prices 'have found a floor' near four-year low
Russian-based Acron says the number of urea producers operating in the red, or close to it, is reducing the threat of further price declines
Plant Health Care shares tumble as Arysta deal unwinds
The alternative agrichemicals group blames the sector downturn for a decision to scrap a distribution deal with sector giant Arysta
Illovo looks to Africa to replace lost EU sugar sales
Prospects for sugar exporters to the EU look poor, given the likely effects of the bloc's 2017 reforms. But African sugar demand is growing fast
Rabo bullish on cattle, hog prices
The cattle market will be "substantially less volatile" next year, while disease and El Nino could rally prices, the bank says
Cotton, sugar 'best crop bets' for 2016 - cocoa the worst
Crop futures have reached a bottom, Rabobank says. But that does not meant that a sharp recovery in prices is in the offing for most contracts
Trigon Agri counts cost of Ukraine drought, Russia land deal
The farm operator underlines the dent to its autumn-sown crop in Ukraine from drought, as it unveils a record loss, thanks to a Russian land sale
ICCO revises view of cocoa market from deficit to surplus
Cocoa production has outstripped supply, the ICCO says, while output from Ghana will recover this season thanks to government reforms
New Zealand's seasonal milking peak better than expected
Dairy futures fall on better-than-expected New Zealand milk figures, as Fonterra bears the brunt of the production slowdown
UK wheat sowings up after all, says owner of Agrii chain
Origin Enterprises is more upbeat on wheat area than a key survey - and less downbeat on rapeseed sowings. It unveils Poland, Ukraine estimates too
Drought, low milk price prompt FirstFarms to cut profit hopes
FirstFarms reveals a second downgrade to full-year earnings hopes, citing depressed corn yields, and weak dairy markets which will dog 2016 too
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