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Hot spell, plus 4-inch hailstones, test US crops

US corn and soybean crop condition declines, as higher temperatures and hailstones "nearly the size of a softball" take a toll. But cotton improves

Livestock futures to underperform crops - Goldman
The bank lifts forecasts for cattle prices, but to levels below the futures curve. Indeed, livestock markets' outperformance of crops is to reverse
Hedge funds 'close to exhausted' in selling wheat
Hedge funds turn more bearish on agricultural commodities again. Is there appetite for more selling? Questions are raised over cotton, sugar, wheat...
Cool US summer helps corn, soy, but hampers cotton
The US cotton crop is deteriorating at a time of year when it usually improves, being held back by the temperate conditions helping corn and soybeans
Hedge fund ag selldown takes them net short on soy
Hedge funds are net short on soybeans for the first time since 2011, amid rising US crop hopes. Coffee and sugar suffer sell-offs too - but not cattle
China dilemma to put floor on cotton prices
Commerzbank foresees cotton prices staging some recovery, citing threats to China if it unloads its huge stocks and sends futures fall
Cotton bucks trend of strong US crop ratings
The condition of most US crops has held at strong levels or, like corn, improved. But US cotton declined amid "intense insect pressure" in Texas
US cotton stocks upgrade weakens price hopes
Leading commentator John Robinson cuts forecasts for cotton futures, farm values and the Cotlook A index, citing "very bearish" data in a US report
Soy, sugar drive hedge fund sell-off in ags
Hedge funds come close to their first net short in soybeans since 2011 as they extend turn bearish in bets on ag commodities. Corn data pose a riddle
Weak monsoon hits home with India cotton downgrade
The US cuts hopes for India's cotton harvest in one of the first signs of the weak monsoon hitting home. But US cotton prospects have improved
Hedge fund liquidation in ags 'largely complete'
ANZ says the bearish turn in fund bets on ags "looks to have largely run its course" after data shows the most bearish positioning on soy since 2011
ICAC cuts forecast for cotton prices, again
The ICAC highlights the pressure on cotton prices from growing world stocks, and from reduced imports to China
Hedge funds sweeter on ag prices, led by sugar
Hedge funds end a run of bearish positioning on ags, led by a record turn bullish on sugar. Downbeat positioning on corn extends to a seventh week
Cotton prices - will they defy doomsters again in 2014?

Cotton prices proved remarkably strong, compared with most ags, in 2013. But can they maintain their strength, against concerns over Chinese reforms?

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