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IGC lifts to 'comfortable' level world grain stocks forecast

The council raises hopes for world grain supplies, citing stronger corn and wheat harvest prospects. Soybean output will fall, but not by much

UK, Polish crops in 'excellent condition', says Origin
Origin Enterprises underlines prospects for crops in the EU's third- and fourth-ranked wheat growing states, but notes a drop in Ukraine sowings
Disease talk dogs resilient US wheat condition rating
US winter wheat holds its overall condition despite floods. Can it stay there? Meanwhile, investors shrug off a lower-than-forecast corn rating
Key grain forecasts 'may prove less bearish than thought'
US estimates of the global grain market appear to underestimate demand, especially for wheat and rice, ANZ says
Hedge funds still gloomy on ags, despite deep cut to wheat shorts
Hedge funds extended their nets short in ags, even as they made their biggest bullish shift in wheat since 2013. Will more short-covering follow?
Russian wheat sowings lag - in contrast to rapid corn pace
Russia's farmers are proving unusually slow at planting wheat, but rapid in sowing corn. Will this be reflected in harvest fortunes?
Delay to Brazil ag subsidy plan overshadows beef boost
Brazilian farmers receive a boost from China, which reopens to their beef exports. But postponement of a harvest plan raises fears over its generosity
Ensus ethanol plant set to remain mothballed
CropEnergies says a "sustained improvement" in Europe's ethanol market is needed to reopen the Ensus site. And such conditions do not look likely
Hedge funds 'may cover more shorts in wheat, but not sugar'
Hedge funds cut bearish bets in ag commodities - including in wheat, in which investors believe there may be more to short-closing to come
Fears grow of Chinese clampdown on soaring sorghum imports
China's government has already "begun to pay close attention" to the sorghum import surge which has lifted US prices, unusually, above those of corn
World soy stocks to hit record - wheat supplies a 14-year top
The US, in its first full 2015-16 crop estimates, forecasts huge domestic and world soybean stocks. But data offer some comfort for corn investors nominated for prestigious award has been nominated, for a third successive year, in the best finance/business website category at the Online Media Awards
Hedge funds' lucrative bet on sugar price falls turns sour
Hedge funds extend bearish bets on ag commodities, reflecting downbeat positioning in grains as well as softs. In sugar, selling does not pay off
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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