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Modest change in hedge funds' ag position disguises market tensions

In raw sugar, for instance, Marex detects a "silent tug of war" between funds and producers. SocGen sees an "inflexion point" in hard wheat

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Too little rain, or too much, dogs sowings in EU, North Africa, Russia
Northern areas are too wet, and southern ones too dry, the EU's official Mars bureau says. Still, there is a Goldilocks central area too
Weak harvest to confront Ukraine sunflower crushers with closures
... says Kernel, the biggest processor in the top sunflower-growing and crushing country, flagging weaker yields of corn and wheat too
AM markets: grains start brightly, as rains slow US harvest
... with other factors chipping in too, such as a soft dollar, Ukraine unrest and, for corn, a China import uplift. Still, price gains are not huge...
Cocoa prices hit 6-month top, despite weak North America grind
... but the gains, fostered by strong processing data from Asia, prove short-lived, as futures succumb to cross-ag-sector selling
US officials cut Aussie wheat hopes, but stand by export forecasts
USDA staff in Canberra downgrade their forecast for Australia's drought-hit wheat crop. But they stand by export expectations nonetheless
Argentine grain output prospects receive double boost
Officials forecast a further rise in Argentine corn sowings, amid ideas of favourable returns, and lift their estimate for wheat area too
Coffee futures gain on downpours in Vietnam, dryness in Brazil
Weather fears take robusta futures to a one-month closing high and arabica up 2%. A key robusta spread has doubled this week
World faces butter supply squeeze in 2018 too
... forecasts for EU and New Zealand dairy exports show. The market may face "continued shortages of butter and higher prices"
Brazil's sugar exports to hit record high, despite China duty hike
US officials lift their forecast for Brazil's sugar exports, as buyers such as Bangladesh and Egypt make up for a slump in sales to China
Sipef sanguine on palm oil prices. Dorab Mistry plain bullish
Plantations group Sipef sees "no reason" for palm oil prices to dip, while Mr Mistry flags cause for a jump in values
Yara underlines boost to urea prices from Chinese shutdowns
Shares in the fertilizer giant rise, despite below-forecast results, as it flags a jump in urea prices as Chinese exports slump
Cattle, hog prices to dip, says USDA. But investors not so sure
The USDA sees rising numbers of fattened cattle, and record pork output, weighing on livestock values. But futures prices rise nonetheless
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'Dramatic' turn wetter in Australia's weather boosts sorghum prospects
Rains may be too late to save Australia's wheat crop from a 10-year low. But sorghum output may double, a relief to livestock and alcohol producers
Featured market report AM markets: grains start brightly, as rains slow US harvest
... with other factors chipping in too, such as a soft dollar, Ukraine unrest and, for corn, a China import uplift. Still, price gains are not huge...
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