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Rains damage dents upbeat hopes for US corn, soy yields

Doubts grow over ideas of a close-to-record US corn yield this year, thanks to heavy rains, tornados, flooding in the Midwest

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Morning markets: wheat prices ease, as US crop rating holds
Wheat prices fall, as data shows US crops failing to deteriorate despite the Midwest rains hurting corn and soybeans. Still, data later will be key
Chicago wheat scores, unusual, premium over Kansas rival
Soft red winter wheat futures for July may, despite being of lower specification than hard wheat, achieve an unusual close at a higher price
Farmland Partners expands into fruit, as Gladstone buys too
Row crop land investment company Farmland Partners buys a blueberry farm, as Gladstone Land expands its portfolio too
KTG Agrar unveils China hopes, as Fosun takes 9% stake
The German farm operator becomes the latest agricultural target for Chinese investment, as Fosun becomes the second largest shareholder
Would a PotashCorp takeover of K+S lift potash prices?
Credit Suisse has cast doubt on the idea that PotashCorp's acquisition of K+S will lead to a potash supply squeeze
Hedge funds wrong-footed by wheat price surge
Hedge funds cut their net short in many grains - but not wheat - ahead of the price jumps late last week. In softs, livestock they turned more bearish
CWB cautions on Canadian durum, canola crops
This week could prove crucial for durum in parts of the top exporting country, while canola output prospects may be well below official estimates
Coffee, sugar, wheat markets to feel most heat from El Nino
Rabobank issues a further caution over Australia's wheat harvest prospects, citing El Nino, which may prove a big factor for coffee, sugar prices too
ABN downbeat on cocoa, coffee prices, citing demand doubts
The bank cuts its arabica coffee price forecast, noting improved Brazilian harvest prospects, and says slowing demand is curtailing the cocoa rally
Is heat taking a toll on the European wheat crop?
A spell of hot dry weather across Western Europe has some forecasters worried, but others have lifted harvest estimates this week
Shares in K+S leap 39% on PotashCorp approach
German potash group K+S receives a full bid from Canadian rival PotashCorp, which has signalled some disquiet over its strategy of minority stakes
Dryness threatens further cut to Argentine wheat sowings hopes
The Buenos Aires grains exchange, which last week cut its forecast for Argentine wheat plantings, says another downgrade could be on the way
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