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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
Cotton prices to fall next season to nine-year low, says ICAC
The ICAC downgrades expectations for cotton prices in 2017-18, citing the prospect of stocks outside China rising close to a record high
Shift from pulses boosts India's cotton output prospects
US officials upgrade their estimate for India's cotton harvest. But the extra output will limit imports rather than boost export prospects
Bankers turn positive on land prices in US cotton, cattle heartland
Bankers are the most upbeat since 2014 on land values around Texas, according to a Fed survey, which follows other sanguine market signs
Hedge funds wrong-footed, again, by downbeat grain bets
Hedge funds ramped up bearish bets on corn and soy ahead of gains in futures - which will likely foster short-covering, and further price rises
Cotton rally frays, as benign weather undermines 'rude shock'
Cotton futures reverse some of their hefty gains made in the last session, when a surprise downgrade to US sowings estimates lifted prices
Markets 'underpricing' arabica coffee futures, says Marex
... flagging the role of a "huge reallocation of fund assets" in driving futures to 15-month lows, and seeing upbeat signals in cash markets
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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