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ABN cuts corn, soy, sugar price hopes. But upbeat on coffee

The bank flags the slump in oil as it lowers price forecasts for crops used largely in making biofuels. But dryness is "back on the radar" for coffee

Sugar markets faces first of 'several' sugar deficit years
Poor finances for cane mills are finally hitting home, Green Pool says, issuing among the first forecasts for world sugar in 2015-16
Fonterra cuts milk volume hopes for dry NZ, again
Fonterra, for a second time, downgrades expectations for milk collections in New Zealand - meaning weaker volumes at its GlobalDairyTrade auctions
Produce Investments hurt in crossfire of UK supermarket war
Produce Investment shares tumble after it warns of profits "substantially" below market hopes, after potatoes became a battleground for grocery giants
UK lifts hopes for grain use by ethanol plants
The UK trims its forecast for the country's exportable surplus in wheat, a downgrade attributed to improved fortunes for ethanol producers - for now
Green Pool lifts bar on hopes for world sugar surplus
The consultancy warns over comparisons between cane and coffee crops as it upgrades its forecast for the world sugar output surplus
Sugar trading at 20% discount to value implied by ethanol
Fitch Ratings says that the knock-on effect of Brazilian fuel levy increases will be a significant boost to sugar values, in ethanol equivalent terms
India 'may slash' duty which has curbed oilseed imports
Oil World flags talk that India may cut from 30% its levy on oilseed imports - a move which would help processors but could "severely affect" farmers
Soaring borrowing costs 'hinder' Russian farming
Kuban Agroholding, one of Russia's largest agribusinesses, reveals a near-doubling in borrowing costs for a new hog and pork plant
Rain crucial to protect Brazil soybean harvest prospects
Some soybeans in the second-ranked producing country have already suffered "irreversible damage", Oil World says. But dryness helps harvesting
DuPont seed sales dip as pest gains resistance to GM corn
DuPont, revealing a 7% drop in seed revenues, highlights the resistance of a moth caterpillar pest to genetically modified corn
Timberland market accelerates, as Corn Belt land prices fall
Returns from US timberland hit a seven-year high, helped by an improving housebuilding market, even as Corn Belt land values fall
Argentina's elections could boost corn, wheat exports
Argentine corn and wheat exports may beat earlier forecasts, thanks in part to expectations of "significant" policy reforms, US officials say
Cocoa futures - will 2015 bring a third successive year of gains?

Cocoa futures fulfilled early-year expectations by rising in 2014, helped by ideas of structural output deficit. But has the theme been overplayed?

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