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France bears brunt of downgrade to EU barley, wheat yield hopes

France is set for below-average wheat yields, while Germany faces a "mediocre" rapeseed result, officials say. But UK crops are upgraded

Hedge fund reticence to cover shorts in grains 'bodes well for price rises'
Hedge funds return to net selling in ags - with upbeat positioning on soft commodities and livestock more than offset by bearish grain bets
Strat Grains cuts hopes for EU wheat, barley harvests
... starting to put numbers on the cost to 2017 production of unduly dry and cold weather. German crops receive a separate downgrade from the DRV
Ag bulls 'should curtail joy' at rare sale of US wheat to Egypt
US wheat wins its first Gasc order in two years at tender, undercutting Russian supplies. But that may not mean US prices can rise, brokers say
Olam 'generally bearish' on palm oil, sees 'tough year' in cocoa
The ag trader says it sees output rises depressing palm oil prices, as it unveils a profits rise - fuelled by "opportunistic" trading in grains
Corn, sugar miss out on hedge fund short-closing. Are price rises ahead?
Hedge funds cut further their bearish betting on ag commodity prices, partricularly in soyoil and wheat. Corn and sugar miss out - this time
Strong Tunisian wheat crop 'to curb import needs', says ag minister
... in an assessment which differs from that of US officials, which have forecast Tunisia's wheat imports at a 10-year high in 2017-18
Cocoa proves sweeter than sugar for ETP investors
Cocoa is proving a bigger lure for investors in exchange traded funds than many big crops such as corn, ETF Securities data show. But why?
Corn, wheat prices gain as US data spur ideas of market 'paradigm shift'
US officials, in first estimates for 2017-18, see world grain inventories falling for the first time in five years. But soybean futures ease
France ups wheat export hopes, after sales to the likes of US, Vietnam
Officials raise forecasts for shipments outside the EU to levels well above those initially expected after last year's rain-reduced harvest
French corn sowings to hit lowest in at least 25 years
... officials say, flagging dry weather which "could reduce the yield potential" of some winter crops too. Still, sugar beet sowings will soar
Weather to favour US spring wheat farmers - less so corn, cotton, soy
Dryness, which helped speed US and Canadian spring wheat sowings, is poised to stay around. But some Midwest areas face more rain
Hedge funds 'may turn sellers' in wheat. But will sugar get back in favour?
Hedge funds cut short bets in hard wheat at a record pace. But has that only created scope for fresh sales? In softs, selling reaches its longest ever
Wheat futures - will their four-year bear market end in 2017?

Wheat futures in Chicago, the world's benchmark market, fell in 2016 for a fourth successive year. Will low prices prove a cure for low prices?

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