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US supply data injects buzz into corn, spring wheat markets

Corn futures burst higher after the US unveils smaller-than-expected stocks, while a harvest downgrade sends the spring wheat premium soaring

World winter wheat sowings for 2017 to defy weak prices - IGC
The IGC issues its first outlook on world winter wheat sowings, and EU rapeseed area, for the 2017 harvest - adding that weather has been "mixed"
Pakistan's cotton yields to soar as farmers pull out the stops
US officials raised estimates for this year's cotton crop, despite lower plantings, as rising prices prompt higher pesticide usage
Ukrainian broiler production hits record highs, helped by grain glut
The improving economic situation, and the abundance of feed, is allowing Ukrainian chicken facilities to grow faster than expected
Cote d'Ivoire cocoa payout rise 'lifts exposure to price tumble'
The cocoa giant has, in raising payouts to farmers, boosted vulnerability to market falls caused by output rises - or an export licence blunder
IGC flags rising world grain stocks, despite EU harvest woes
Grain stocks held by major exporting countries are to hit a seven-year high, the IGC says - even as it downgrades EU corn and wheat crops again
Potato farming a 'bright light' in UK ag, says Produce Investments
The potato packer says it sees UK grower returns in the sector proving more favourable than elsewhere, as it unveils rising underlying profits
Cocoa turns to coffee sector for answers to demand questions
The cocoa sector can learn a lot from smallholder coffee farmers. But can they answer the key question of "what is chocolate?"
White maize futures plunge 17% in two weeks
White maize futures are under pressure from the rising rand - and ideas that South Africa may overcome GM concerns to import from the US
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
World chocolate market at a 'tipping point'
... says Euromonitor, flagging disappointing demand growth in the likes of China, and competition in the West from healthier snacks
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
Cocktail of concerns dogs start to Brazil's soy sowing season

Brazilian soybean sowings look poised to grow at their slowest pace in a decade - with farmers facing dryness and seed worries too

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