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Dryness emerges as corn, soy worry, as wetness fears retreat

US officials lift their rating for US soybeans for the first time this season, as Midwest wetness eases. Now, too little rain poses a threat

EU cuts hopes for heat-stressed corn crop
The European Commission slashes its forecast for corn production by 3m tonnes, as consensus grows on damage from heat - which looks like continuing
Bloodied hedge funds return to ag selling with a vengeance
Hedge funds, having "astonished" markets with ill-timed buying of grains, join in the selling, extending it to softs and livestock too
Legumex shares plunge as creditors close in on canola plant
The group says lenders to its canola processing subsidiary have demanded a a loan repayment - which the crushing arm does not have the funds to meet
Wet end to July rescues Canadian wheat, canola crops
Drought fears have eased in the prairies, but some damage has already been done, and more wet weather is on the way
EU corn woes could 'open the flow' of imports from Brazil
Bunge boss Soren Schroder flags implications of dryness damage to European corn, and foresees a slow start to 2015-16 for US soy exports
Grain hedging, canola rally drag Bunge profits below forecasts
Bunge shares tumble after it blames "less effective risk management" and lower Canadian crushing profits for a bigger-than-forecast earnings drop
EU sowings of GM crops tumble - but imports large
Of the 180m hectares of genetically modified crops planted worldwide, less than 0.1% are in the EU
DuPont cuts profit hopes on 'continued weakness' in ag markets
The chemical and seed group lowers earnings expectations, citing 'continued strong headwinds' for its agriculture segment
US poised for Goldilocks weather - but too late for soft wheat
The Midwest will get rain where corn and soy crops need it, and dryness where they don't. Still, it is too late to correct moisture damage to wheat
Goldman upgrades Deere, as ags preferred to other commodities
Are ags different from other commodities for investors? The idea has gained support from the likes of Barclays, Goldman and JP Morgan
'Intense heatwaves' cut hopes for EU grain yields
Official EU analysts cut hopes for the bloc's grain yields, particularly corn, citing "suboptimal weather", including near-record heat in France
Hedge fund losses in grains mount, as contrary bet flounders
Hedge funds lifted bullish positioning in corn and soy even amid a drop in prices - which have continued to fall. Bets on sugar, cattle fare better
US cotton sowings to prove amongst lowest on record

Informa sees US cotton sowings falling even further than official forecasts show. But does that mean harvest prospects are poor too?

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