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US soft red wheat on track - but weather woes test white wheat

The soft red winter wheat crop is on track for "average" yields - but there are threats to the "important export crop" of soft white wheat

Cocoa futures jump despite sharp drop in Asia's grind
Cocoa futures close sharply higher, even though data show Asia's processing volumes dropping even faster than those in Europe and North America
Indonesia palm export levy 'may yet be reduced'
Richard Robinow, chairman of REA Holdings, tells flags industry lobbying over the levy - although the tax could bring a big positive
Lower coffee prices spur Starbucks buying spree
Starbucks reveals it has bought forward far more coffee than it had a year ago, although benefits might "not be as high as you might calculate"
Orchard land bucks US farm price slowdown
Returns from farmland make their worst start to a year since 2010. But investments in the likes of vineyards and nut groves bucks the trend
Consensus grows over prospects for late-2015 dairy rally
Australia & New Zealand Bank is the latest to see a rise in milk prices coming soon... but not yet
IGC lifts hopes for world grains harvest in 2015-16
The group hikes its forecast for corn output, more than offsetting a wheat crop downgrade. Still, demand expectations are higher too
ANZ downbeat on cotton price - cautious on wheat too
The bank espouses a "tactically short position" in cotton futures, forecasting a waning in hedge fund interest, and is modestly bearish on wheat
Commerz backs ideas of wheat price gains ahead
The bank echoes rival Rabobank in foreseeing some scope for higher wheat prices. But it is more neutral on prospects for corn and soybean futures
Sipef cites Indonesia palm levy as it cuts profit hopes
The plantations group reveals a sharp slowdown in palm oil hedging, and foresees a "very lacklustre" rubber market. But tea prices will keep rising
Bitter foes unite to slate EU plans on GM crop imports
Plans for allowing individual EU countries powers over biotech crop imports are slammed by both pro- and anti-GM campaigners
Rabobank flags scope for wheat, coffee price rises
The bank trims its forecast for wheat prices, but to levels above the futures curve, and raises its estimate for the world coffee output deficit
Cocoa boost helps AAK shares hit record high
The vegetable fats processor unveils a bigger-than-expected profits rise, helped by the popularity of its alternatives for high-priced cocoa
Brazilian farmers push for reversal of foreign purchase ban

Farmers fear that rules bought in to keep out foreign landowners may be stifling investment

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