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Cotton futures plunge limit down, after US forecasts record yield

Futures fall the exchange maximum after the US hikes its harvest hopes - wrong-footing many investors, who had expected a downgrade

Brokers upbeat on corn, cotton, sugar price outlooks - but not wheat
... according to FocusEconomics analysis, which also shows some optimism on soybean prices next year, but a neutral take on cocoa and coffee
Rains hand US spring wheat its first improvement this season
... but, with cloud and cool, create fresh worries over the cotton crop. Meanwhile, it is dryness which fosters soybean crop improvement
Hedge funds return to selling ags - although cocoa gets buying spree
Hedge fund selling in grains and livestock more than offsets a continued short-covering wave in softs - in cocoa and sugar particularly
US spring wheat slips to worst on record, as Idaho succumbs
US spring wheat records its lowest rating on data going back to 1995. Will rains this week revive it? Soybean, cotton crops fare better
Hedge funds swing back to buying softs, rather than grains
... lifting bullish bets on all of coffee, cocoa, cotton, sugar for the first time in a year. In grains, wheat falls out of favour. Cattle suffer too
US crop setbacks spark revival in soybean, cotton prices
Weather extremes have taken a far bigger toll on US soy than thought, with cotton crop deteriorating unusually quickly. But grain prices ease
Hedge funds' preference for grains over softs 'has gone far enough'
Speculators' may, in building bullish bets on grains, have left the complex open for selling. But in softs, buyers may hold an opportunity
Cotton futures lag gains in soy, corn 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
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
Cotton joins Australian crops downgraded because of dryness
Namoi Cotton, citing "hot and dry" weather, cuts its forecast for Australia's cotton harvest to a level well below official hopes
Hedge fund shorts leave softs 'collectively vulnerable' to a rally
... says Judith Ganes-Chase, while noting that large stocks in importing nations curb prospects for a coffee rally. Cotton is her top pick
Hedge funds 'aggressive' buyers in grains - and 'more to come'
... in corn and soy, some say, in which funds remain net short as US weather fears are growing. Funds are now more short in softs than grains
Ag sector 'should start thinking now' about Brexit fallout

Just because the UK has two years until its EU exit does not mean that ag leaders should sit on their hands, says lawyer Michael Aubrey

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