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Corn, soy, wheat prices plunge on buoyant US crop supply hopes

The US cuts corn yield hopes by less than traders had expected, and makes a surprise lift to the soy forecast. Russia's wheat crop is upgraded too

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
France lifts estimates for rapeseed, wheat harvests
... and looks likely to be the EU's top rapeseed producer this year. In corn, a rise in output is expected too - provided weather co-operates
Argentine rains hit wheat prospects - but bode well for corn
US officials cut hopes for Argentina's wheat harvest this year, citing rain setbacks to sowings. But moisture bodes well for corn output
Brazil to see 'another big crop planted' for 2017-18, says Bunge
Bunge CEO Soren Schroder says weaker, crop prices are not Brazilian farmer's only consideration, and sees strong world canola output too
Food prices hit highest since 2014, led by dairy, grains, sugar
Food prices have now recovered 20% from a low last year, the UN FAO says. But the data come amid doubts over the dairy price rally continuing
Bunge slashes agribusiness profit hopes, citing Brazil setbacks
The group cites "intense competition" for Brazilian grain, and soymeal "oversupply". Still, dynamics are improving. And hedging protects sugar
Brazil a 'bigger threat' to US in corn exports, rather than soy - ADM
The ag giant's CEO, Juan Luciano, offers relief to US soy exporters, after a slow pace of 2017-18 orders, and sees a benefit in wheat too
Paris corn futures 'priced too low', says Commerzbank least compared to wheat, with the prospect of record EU corn imports "by no means" reflected in prices, the bank says
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
EU lifts corn import forecast for 2017-18 to record high
The EU's strong start to the season corn imports looks set to continue, thanks to reduced domestic harvest hopes, and strong demand
Could Zimbabwe return to being a net corn exporter?

The country, once famed for its agricultural production, has revealed plans to return to exports by 2020. But is this really likely?

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