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US corn, soy harvest pace to accelerate - at last

Drier weather will allow a pick-up in the pace of corn and soybean harvesting this week - with potential implications for prices, and wheat sowings

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AM markets: grain prices recover, despite US harvest hopes
Sure, US harvest should pick-up pace this week, as weather improves. But it was even slower than expected last week. And broader market jitters revive
Cattle prices soar, but feedlot margins stay tight
Futures in live cattle return close to record highs. But the benefit to feedlots is curtailed by a rise in prices of feeder cattle too
Durum premium to quadruple, say Canada officials
Canadian farm officials lift their forecast for durum prices, citing a drop in world stocks to a 15-year low, but cut the outlook for wheat values
India sugar imports to prove bigger than forecast
US officials lift expectations for Indian sugar imports, citing strong domestic consumption growth, encouraged by relatively high prices
Extent of hedge fund short-closing in ags revealed
Hedge funds raise bullish positioning on ags by more than 50,000 contracts, led by short covering. Bullish positioning on coffee hits a six-year high
Farmland Partners unveils $25m land-buying spree
The land investment group touts "strong" competition for US farmland as it unveils the latest in a series of farm acquisitions
Corn a better bet than soybeans - Commerzbank
The bank cuts forecasts for a range of crops, buts its expectations for soybeans are particularly downbeat. Are rapeseed and cotton undervalued?
US land market at weakest in at least nine years
US farmland prices are falling at their fastest since at least 2005, and are expected to continue dropping, a survey of lenders shows
Wheat to avoid drop in EU sowings of major crops
EU farmers, facing revised subsidy rules, will cut seedings of barley, corn and rapeseed for the 2015 harvest. But wheat area will hold steady
Dairy prices rise for first time since June
Prices rise at GlobalDairyTrade for only the fourth time in 2014, and hours after Danone flags increases in milk prices outside the EU and US
UK stays net wheat importer, despite large harvest
The UK stayed a net wheat importer even as it was harvesting a huge crop - boding ill for avoiding big carryout stocks. But there are optimistic signs
NZ dairy farm values defy milk price slump
New Zealand dairy farm prices kept on rising through the winter, even as milk values have tumbled, and defying a sluggish broader land market
Feature
Are rains too late to save Brazil's coffee crop?

Brazil's coffee plantations are to receive long-awaited rains. But Judith Ganes-Chase says drought has already caused "serious harm"

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