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Strategie Grains flags north-south divide in EU wheat yields, quality

The analysis group notes strong harvests in the likes of France and Hungary. But German "quality has degraded", with yields disappointing too

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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
NAB cuts Australian wheat harvest hopes, despite August rains
NAB extends a round of downgrades to Australia's dryness-hit wheat crop - which may come in at a 10-year low if rain is not forthcoming
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
BayWa upbeat - despite 'freak weather' damage to EU fruit crops
The machinery-to-energy group flags "optimism" over prospects, thanks to higher grain price rises - and despite a 20% slump in EU apple output
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
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
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
US spring wheat slips to worst on record, as Idaho succumbs
US spring wheat records its lowest rating on data going back to 1995. Will rains this week revive it? Soybean, cotton crops fare better
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
Feature
Spring wheat futures hit multi-year top. How much higher can they go?

SocGen calls time on a bullish bet on spring wheat's premium over lower quality winter grain. But others take a different lesson from history

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