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World corn harvest to drop 'sharply' in 2015-16

The IGC, in its first corn estimates for next season, sees falling output, and stocks. But global grain inventories will remain "comfortable"

Seed, fertilizer scrimping to curb Ukraine grains harvest
UkrAgroConsult forecasts a drop of more than 10% in Ukraine's production this year of the three main grains - barley, corn and wheat
Rains help southern US wheat, but halt corn sowings
Rains improve winter wheat condition, but hamper fieldwork. Parts of Mississippi are seen at their wettest in more than 25 years
Canada trims forecast for grain stocks to multi-year low
The country makes a small, but significant, downgrade. Barley stocks will end 2015-16 at a record low, and durum and wheat stocks at thin levels too
Ag prices 'may rebound', after hedge funds turn most bearish ever
Hedge funds sell heavily in ags, opening up the biggest net short position on record. But will this herald a recovery in prices?
South Africa to stay net corn exporter, despite drought
South African corn exports will - just - exceed imports, despite drought damage to crops, US officials say. Still, prices will stay supported
EU grain yields to fall, despite 'positive' conditions
EU barley, corn and wheat yields will drop this year, although to above-average levels, official researchers say, noting Spanish dryness
Informa cuts estimate for US swing from corn to soy
The analysis group trims its forecast for US corn sowings, but makes a deep cut to the estimate for soybean area. Sorghum's appeal is growing
Softs look better bet than grains, says SocGen
The bank cuts forecasts for coffee and sugar prices, but to levels above the futures curve. However, wheat values look poised to stay under pressure
Weather extremes dog spring start for US crops
Much of the US winter wheat area is too dry, while excessive rains are dogging early corn plantings in the South
Hedge funds cut bullish bets on ags to second lowest on record
Sugar, coffee, soybeans and grains are in the firing line as hedge funds cut further their net long position in agricultural commodity derivatives
Crops the worst bet among commodities, says Goldman
Crop futures will extend their decline, the bank says, downgrading coffee and sugar price forecasts. But livestock values will hold firm
UK farming 'may suffer' if GM crops spurned
Researchers flag the benefits of genetically modified crops, as a law expected to promote their spread in Europe comes a step nearer
Corn futures - will sowings fall far enough to bolster prices in 2015?

Corn prices fell for a second successive year in 2014 - but not by as much as looked likely in the autumn. Can futures build on their recent revival?

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