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Cotton futures lag gains in soy, cotton as US crop jitters ease

officials show the cotton crop in the key growing state of Texas deteriorating, but not as severely as it might appear from producer reports

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Banks' commmodities retreat creates scope for smaller rivals - Marex
The commodities broker launches a specialist products division, aimed at filling a gap left by the big banks in their scaledowns in the sector
AM markets: corn leads grains higher as US crops deteriorate
The overhang of the huge hedge fund buying continues to dog wheat markets a touch. But corn soars 2%, amid weather worries and a lower US crop rating
'Positive' outlook to spur investment in New Zealand ag
Dairy farm prices in the top milk exporting country extend their revival against an upwards, if slowing, trend in milk prices
Hedge funds buy grains at record pace, as weather woes threaten crops
... but the extent of the buying is so big it spurs ideas that funds may now turn to selling instead. In softs, speculators are record bearish
Black grass battle shrinks UK wheat area, but lifts spring barley
UK wheat sowings fall to one of the lowest in recent history, while spring barley area soars, reflecting measures to control the weed
South African ag sector recovers - as East African rains fail again
South African tractor sales soar in the latest sign of improved sector confidence. But drought woes remain in the likes of Kenya and Uganda
Analysts wrong-footed by corn price dip - but not by falls in soy, wheat
Brokers had banked on retreats in soy and wheat prices, but not in corn, FocusEconomics data show. In softs, analysts are upbeat on prices
Meat operations power Cargill in return to quarterly profit
... and help the ag giant report its best year since 2008. Global livestock growth even helps the origination unit overcome low price volatility
Strategie Grains cuts EU wheat harvest hopes - again
The group takes above 3m tonnes in 3 months its cuts to EU soft wheat hopes - following hard on the heels of a downgrade by the USDA too
Subsidy promise helps UK land prices 'stabilise', after two-year decline
Prices of arable land, at least, are showing signs of rebounding, thanks to constrained supplies of farms for sale, and a subsidy pledge
Callebaut flags 'high' cocoa grind margins, as demand revives
The chocolate giant unveils better-than-expected sales growth, at a time when "tight" supplies of cocoa products are supporting margins
Russia upgraded to top rank in world wheat exports in 2017-18
The USDA, citing "excellent" crop conditions, lifts its estimate for Russian wheat exports this season above the forecast for EU shipments
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Spring wheat futures hit multi-year top. How much higher can they go?

SocGen calls time on a bullish bet on spring wheat's premium over lower quality winter grain. But others take a different lesson from history

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