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Rain damage dents upbeat hopes for US corn, soy yields

Doubts grow over ideas of a close-to-record US corn yield this year, thanks to heavy rains, tornados, flooding in the Midwest

Hedge funds wrong-footed by wheat price surge
Hedge funds cut their net short in many grains - but not wheat - ahead of the price jumps late last week. In softs, livestock they turned more bearish
IGC makes first cut to 2015-16 world grain crop hopes
The group notes "heightened concerns about the weather" for wheat in some countries as it cuts harvest hopes. Still, supplies will stay "comfortable"
Monsanto cautious on US corn, soybean plantings
The seeds giant issues relatively downbeat forecasts for US sowings of the crops, and warns of waning expectations for Latin American corn area too
Boom in US ethanol output, and demand, 'isn't over yet'
The US ethanol production record unveiled on Wednesday may not last for long, Linn Group says - foreseeing buoyant demand for the biofuel too
Allendale data underline huge uncertainty over US corn area
A key US acreage report could surprise markets with a large corn sowings figure, if a survey by the Illinois broker proves correct
Commerz upbeat on corn, wheat prices - but not soy
The bank stands by above-market expectations for corn and wheat futures. However, it cuts forecasts for soybean prices, despite US sowing setbacks
US corn sowings fell below official estimates - again
A survey by Roach Ag shows that US farmers, as last year, sowed 1.1m fewer acres with corn than initially expected. But what of soybeans?
Rains provoke emergence of Midwest crop troublespot
A drop in the rating of US corn, soy and wheat is down to rain damage in a few states, where officials warn of crop sudden death, disease, flooding...
Hedge funds return to extending bearish ag bets
Corn, sugar and livestock are targeted as speculators raise their net short in US agricultural commodities. But soybeans prove more in favour
Rain fears prompt cuts to hopes for US soy sowings
Informa becomes the latest commentator to downgrade expectations for US soybean plantings. But it lifts forecasts for corn, spring wheat seedings
Dry weather cuts hopes for German grains harvest
German growers reduce outlooks for rapeseed, wheat and corn harvests, citing warm, dry weather - and warning of the threat of further downgrades
US counts rain damage to crops - as fresh storm looms
The USDA reveals worse-than-expected harm to crops from excess moisture, as Tropical Storm Bill prepares to dump more rains on the Midwest
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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