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Hedge funds eschew net short on ags, as sugar's appeal grows

Hedge funds position extend bets on falling grain prices, amid Argentina fears. But on sugar, bullish positioning hits a two-year high

Cotton, sugar 'best crop bets' for 2016 - cocoa the worst
Crop futures have reached a bottom, Rabobank says. But that does not meant that a sharp recovery in prices is in the offing for most contracts
Trigon Agri counts cost of Ukraine drought, Russia land deal
The farm operator underlines the dent to its autumn-sown crop in Ukraine from drought, as it unveils a record loss, thanks to a Russian land sale
South Africans pray for rain as corn price hits 20-month high
Yellow maize futures hit their highest since March last year, boosted dryness which would be the "beginning of a severe drought"
SocGen upbeat on wheat, soybean, coffee prices
Hard wheat looks the best bet among crops as 2016 loom, with soybeans undervalued and arabica due a "bounce", the bank says. But sugar may flatline
Falling Chinese corn prices will weigh on Aussie barley, says ANZ
Chinese buyers will have tighter wallets come this years Australian barley harvest, the bank says
KWS restates Brazil expansion plans, despite real setback
The seed group, trimming hopes for full-year margins, blames weakness in emerging market currencies for a worsened performance
Hedge funds near-eliminate their net long in ags
Hedge funds slash bullish positioning on the top US-traded ags, led by coffee and wheat. Still, commercial investors are record keen on coffee...
Lower plantings will do little to cut Chinese corn production - IGC
A government drive to reduce plantings will barely slow the pace of corn production over the next five years, the IGC says
Crop markets to stabilise after 17% hit, says Goldman
Still, the forecast for small negative returns ahead is less upbeat than investors are pricing in. And Goldman foresees further livestock losses
China corn drive to cut imports of ethanol - but not of sugar
Efforts by China to erode its huge corn stocks will reverse a boom in ethanol imports. But sugar buy-ins may keep rising, Green Pool says
Hedge funds hike bearish ag bets at fastest pace in 2 years
Hedge funds hike bets on ag price falls, encouraged by a US report which lifted stocks estimates by more than had been expected
Chinese corn stocks 'may fall' for first time in six years
China's huge corn stocks may drop in 2016-17, despite the lingering appeal of the grain to growers, US officials say
Fall in real boosts Brazilian soybean sowings hopes

Michael Cordonnier says the real's drop to a record low has only lifted prospects for Brazilian soy area. Still, there is a worry for farmers ahead...

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