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Decent rains and prices lift US winter wheat area

US sowings of hard red winter wheat in particular are to rise, helped by improved moisture levels, and a relatively strong price versus corn

Hedge funds lift bearish wheat bets to record high
Hedge funds' net short position in Chicago wheat hits the highest on records starting in 2006. They - perhaps unwisely - sell sugar notably too
UK barley crop better for distillers than brewers
The strong UK malting barley crop has come off with the lowest nitrogen level on record - more welcome to makers of spirits than beer
Canadian wheat quality a 'major concern', says CWB
The grain giant lifts estimates for price premiums for higher grade wheat, citing poor harvest weather which has already hurt crops in the EU
Wheat area for 2015 harvest to hit 17-year high
Extra wheat in Turkey, Ukraine and the US will drive the world area higher, the IGC says. But crops in some countries need rain
Brazil unveils, unusual, corn stockpiling scheme
Brazil is to buy corn, as well as wheat, for state stockpiles, after funds in a price support scheme run low. It also foresees bumper soybean output
IGC lifts world grain harvest hopes near to record
The International Grains Council raises estimates for world grains output again, replenishing inventories in particular in exporting nations
Hangover from Ukraine conflict hurts harvest hopes
UkrAgroConsult lowers its estimate for Ukraine's grains harvest, following a cut by the country's farm ministry to its own forecast
Hedge funds' ag selling stalls - except in wheat
Hedge funds nudge higher their exposure to rising ag commodities, against the recent trends. But this may be down to profit-taking on short bets
Price fall wins US wheat an order at Gasc tender
Egyptian grain officials buy US wheat at tender for the first time since February, after a tumble of 4% in prices in as many days
Grain futures plunge, but wheat premium holds firm
Con, soybean and wheat futures set fresh four-year lows, hurt by a strong dollar and big supplies. But the story is different for high protein wheat
Pakistan floods damage nearly 1m hectares of crops
Late monsoon downpours damage Pakistan's important rice and cotton crops, while too little rain curtails prospects in neighbouring India
CHS expands in Aussie grains with Broadbent deal
The US-based agricultural giant buys a 50% stake in Broadbent Grain - enhancing its status as a rival to GrainCorp, run by a former CHS executive
Corn, soy prices near the bottom. Cotton, sugar to revive

Rabobank forecasts minimal further downside for corn and soybean futures, and believes investors are too gloomy on cotton and sugar

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