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US soybean supplies shrink to tightest on record

US soybean stocks fell even further than investors expected over 2013-14. Still, with a record harvest on the way, a rally in futures fails

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Cotton, soy, ethanol lead Louis Dreyfus revival
The commodities giant enjoys a far stronger start to 2014 than 2013, as good processing margins and "strong" cotton profits offset dairy weakness
Rains to curtail US harvest, as it hits key point
Rains look like preventing a catch-up in the slow pace of corn and soybean harvesting, which is reaching a state where yields may not be so strong
New Britain Palm Oil misses out on market cheer
The day gives palm majors two reasons for optimism - strong prices and the axing of some Indonesia land reforms. But New Britain shares tumble...
Decent rains and prices lift US winter wheat area
US sowings of hard red winter wheat in particular are to rise, helped by improved moisture levels, and a relatively strong price versus corn
Green Pool cuts sugar deficit, despite Brazil woes
The consultancy lowers its estimate for the world sugar production shortfall in 2014-15. The rally in futures in the sweetener falters
Thriving Cal-Maine cautions of looming headwinds
The world's biggest egg producer unveils a tripling in profits, helped by lower feed costs. But egg prices may come under pressure too
Hedge funds lift bearish wheat bets to record high
Hedge funds' net short position in Chicago wheat hits the highest on records starting in 2006. They - perhaps unwisely - sell sugar notably too
UK barley crop better for distillers than brewers
The strong UK malting barley crop has come off with the lowest nitrogen level on record - more welcome to makers of spirits than beer
UK potato prices to stay low, leading packer says
Produce Investments, noting a promising start to the UK potato harvest, foresees lingering weakness in prices, already down 40% year on year
Canadian wheat quality a 'major concern', says CWB
The grain giant lifts estimates for price premiums for higher grade wheat, citing poor harvest weather which has already hurt crops in the EU
Wheat area for 2015 harvest to hit 17-year high
Extra wheat in Turkey, Ukraine and the US will drive the world area higher, the IGC says. But crops in some countries need rain
Brazil unveils, unusual, corn stockpiling scheme
Brazil is to buy corn, as well as wheat, for state stockpiles, after funds in a price support scheme run low. It also foresees bumper soybean output
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Nut prices, elevated by weather setbacks, 'to stay high'

Prices of the noble nuts, like almonds, will stay supported, after weather setbacks in California and Turkey. But "common" nuts - forget it, Olam says

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