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IGC foresees 'slight' fall in 2017 wheat area - but flags scope for bigger dip

A "poor profits outlook" could see some farmers ditch wheat in spring sowings, the IGC says, amid a growing debate on Russian prospects

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Rabo sanguine on cocoa, soy, wheat prices - but cautious on cotton
Rabobank flags a "supportive outlook" for wheat futures, and scope for cocoa, soy price gains. There are bullish factors in cotton too, but...
Egyptian wheat purchases speed ahead of last season's pace
The biggest wheat buyer accelerates purchases, even as supplies from top origin Russia get more expensive - in some cases topping French offers
Canada cuts spring wheat sowings forecast, as price hopes fade
The ministry sees spring wheat plantings rising slower than thought, as price expectations fade, while canola stocks are tighter than thought
NAB warns on wheat prices - and on El Nino threat to Australian farms
The bank sees little scope a wheat price rise over 2017, even while flagging the potential for El Nino to reverse Australia's crop fortunes
European crops should survive winter with only 'limited' damage
The European Commission sees little threat from frost-kill, but dryness in north-eastern Europe, and heavy snow in Ukraine, are cause for concern
Hedge funds hike bullish ag bets - spurring fears of grains selldown ahead
Hedge funds hike their net long in agricultural commodities to the highest since June. But do fundamental factors "need to catch up" with sentiment?
US upgrades South America as rival in corn, wheat exports
The US cuts long-term forecasts for its share of world corn and wheat exports - even as worries grow over Mexico shifting orders to Brazil
Ag reforms to lift China's crop, meat import needs, says USDA
A subsidy shake-up may "constrain" farm output, US officials say, hiking forecasts for China's soybean and meat imports
Funds turn bullish on commodities, as brokers foresee ag price gains
More fund managers are bullish on commodities than bearish for only the second time in four years, BoAML says, with brokers "positive" on prices
UK wheat exports slump, as the origin loses competitiveness
Rising prices, and a stronger tone to the sterling, sends UK wheat exports sharply lower, while imports rise
Australian wheat futures nudge higher, despite crop estimate hike
Officials lift to clear record highs estimates of Australia's wheat and barley crops. But dryness will cut sorghum output to a 19-year low
Hedge funds cut short wheat bets - as key test looms of 9-year bear market
Hedge funds return to a more upbeat view of ag prices, taking a record net long in cotton. Cocoa misses out, as funds exploit a 5-year low in prices
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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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