Frost 'bigger threat' than rain to Australia's wheat output

Western Australia crop hopes fade, as it braces for the latest in a series of frosts. In the east, rains may hurt quality, but not quantity

White maize futures plunge 17% in two weeks
White maize futures are under pressure from the rising rand, as well as ideas that South Africa could open up to US supplies
World chocolate market at a 'tipping point'
... says Euromonitor International, flagging disappointing demand growth in the likes of China, and competition in the West from healthier snacks
Drought damage lingers in REA's palm plantations
Palm oil production has been sharply lower so far this year, with the effects of last year's drought still hurting production this summer
Shift in cocoa grind to growing nations spurs cocoa price wobbles
Cocoa processers' shift to bean-producing countries has a cost in market transparency, Rabobank says, as Cote d'Ivoire's grind heads for revival
Hedge funds won't lose their taste for sugar futures 'any time soon'
Rabobank unveils a big upgrade to its sugar price forecast, as it sees the heavy speculative net long remaining in place
Russia has 'good moisture' for wheat, SovEcon says
Andrey Sizov tells Agrimoney that Russia is seeing good conditions for winter wheat sowing, despite European Commissn concerns
Sao Martinho swims against the tide
The Brazilian producer will boost sugar capacity, after saying its competitors will struggle to expand due to tight financing
Changes in cocoa output map boost vulnerability to weather setbacks
The raised reliance of world cocoa output on West African mid crops, and Ecuador, has lifted weather risks, Armajaro Research says
West Africa stranglehold overshadows hopes for cocoa output rebound
Cocoa production will recover strongly in 2016-17, and edge ahead of demand for the rest of the decade - as long as West Africa stays stable
Bumper harvests to send Ceres Global Ag grain volumes soaring
The silos-to-logistics group, attempting to draw a line under durum losses, is to see its crop volumes near-double, backed by new capacity too
Russian wheat sowings 'threatened by dry weather'
Dry soils in south western Russian "raise concerns" about winter wheat prospects there, the European Commission says
Cal-Maine axes dividend, as egg market slump hits hard
Falling egg prices push Cal-Maine even further into the red than expected, sending shares tumbling
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