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Argentine soybean sowings to hit record. But wheat harvest to fall

Argentine soy sowings will top the record by a margin, the farm ministry says - amid investor focus on the country. But wheat output will fall

EU farmers sticking with wheat for 2016 - Strategie Grains
The group cuts hopes for EU wheat sowings - but not by much, saying benign conditions have upheld the grain's appeal despite weak prices
Crop markets to stabilise after 17% hit, says Goldman
Still, the forecast for small negative returns ahead is less upbeat than investors are pricing in. And Goldman foresees further livestock losses
UK rapeseed sowings to hit six-year low - wheat area steady
An early survey of planting intentions shows falling oilseed rape plantings, as the EU ban on neonicotinoid discourages sowing
Hedge funds hike bearish ag bets at fastest pace in 2 years
Hedge funds hike bets on ag price falls, encouraged by a US report which lifted stocks estimates by more than had been expected
Sell soy ahead of Argentine elections, says Morgan Stanley
Reforms pledged by both candidates fighting next Sunday's Argentine elections have placed Chicago soy prices "at risk of falling to new lows"
Coffee best bet in ags, cocoa rally has further to go
... says Sunny Verghese, head of ag trader Olam International, who is also downbeat on Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil output prospects
Corn price fall a 'solid buy opportunity' - Morgan Stanley
The retreat in corn futures close to contract lows looks overplayed, the bank says. But it is less optimistic on soybean prices
Hedge funds turn record bearish on hard wheat - raising concerns
Hedge funds cut their net long in ag commodities. The extent of selling in Kansas City wheat, besides buying in sugar, provokes concerns
BrasilAgro hikes forward soy hedging, exploiting weak real
The Brazilian farm operator has sold four times as much of its soybeans as a year ago, giving evidence of a trend much-discussed in the market
Food prices rise at fastest in three years, says UN
The rise is led by "weather-driven fears" over sugar and palm oil. Grain prices rise, despite the UN lifting wheat stocks hopes to a 15-year high
US officials raise doubts over 100m-tonne Brazil soy crop
US officials foresee the Brazil's soybean harvest falling short of estimates from many other analysts, amid debate over the benefit from recent rains
US farmers one-third slower selling corn than normal - ADM
... and soy sales are lagging even more as growers hold out for higher prices, says ADM boss Juan Luciano. He also discusses Argentina, and takeovers
Fall in real boosts Brazilian soybean sowings hopes

Michael Cordonnier says the real's drop to a record low has only lifted prospects for Brazilian soy area. Still, there is a worry for farmers ahead...

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