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Investors cautious on ag prices extending strong start to 2017

While ag values have already gained some 6% so far this year, consensus price forecasts have fallen for most contracts, FocusEcomonics says

'Material' rise in sugar, dairy, wheat costs forces Premier Foods warning
Shares slump in the owner of brands such as Oxo after it cuts profit hopes, citing rising crop costs - as London wheat futures hit a two-year high
AM markets: will this soy rally match that in spring 2016?
Soybeans and soymeal lose a handful of the gains scooped in the last session, on worries over Argentine crop losses. Cotton reverses too - but higher
Low US winter wheat sowings won't spark wheat rally
... on their own. The plethora of existing supplies should leave buyers still spoilt for choice. Still, the weak plantings offer grain bulls hope
Soymeal futures surge over 5% after Argentine weekend washout
Soybeans also rally, as traders inject risk premium into Argentine supply, with fears of widespread flooding
Whole milk powder prices ease again at GDT auction
Values of whole milk powder fall for the third auction in a row - but not by as much as prices of skimmed milk powder
Brazil's coffee output could fall near to 2015's drought-hit levels
... says Conab in its first forecast for this year's harvest. Arabica output will be hit by tree fatigue, with robusta revival prospects limited
Australian milk output 'to stay weak' despite price revival
... at a time when New Zealand and EU output is weak too, says NAB, noting that Australia's spring flush in production has already passed
Paraguay and Uruguay headed for record-large soybean crops
All eyes are on the soybean-giants of Brazil and Argentina, but other major South American soybean exporters are also headed for huge crops
Cocoa futures curtail losses, despite surprise drop in EU grind
EU cocoa processing volumes defied market expectations and fell in the last three months of 2016, data show. But will they pick-up in 2017?
Hedge funds turn sweeter on wheat - just in time
... to limit losses in soft wheat, and profit from a hard wheat rally, after US sowings data. Still, funds appear more vulnerable in cotton
Egypt's Gasc turns to Black Sea, again, for wheat order
... taking its total wheat purchases for 2016-17 well ahead of the comparable figure a year ago. Prices paid nudge, a little, higher
Brazil's sugar cane crushing season sees prompt finish
A shortage of cane in Brazil's key Centre South sugar belt forces mills to shut up shop earlier than last season
Wheat futures - will their four-year bear market end in 2017?

Wheat futures in Chicago, the world's benchmark market, fell in 2016 for a fourth successive year. Will low prices prove a cure for low prices?

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