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French sugar beet area to soar 20% next year

Beet farmers are gearing up for a boost to output, as EU quotas end next year, with isoglucose production also expected to jump

Watch out for Brazilian real next week, top trader tells ag investors
ADM's Eddie Tofpik says next week could prove crucial for Brazil's currency - and therefore for investors in the likes of coffee and sugar
Drones, satellites put ag markets 'on brink of' data revolution
New technologies, as well as old, are being used to fill the void in accurate data - a "real problem" in coffee, the AgriRisk Forum hears
Hedge funds favour grains to soft commodities - but will it last?
Hedge funds turn more bearish on softs - except cotton - while swinging bullish grains. But has this left the likes of corn vulnerable to selling?
Mounting hedge fund interest 'to boost ag market volatility' ahead
Speculators, "susceptible to popular delusion", are to increase ag price swings, Commerzbank's Eugen Weinberg tells the AgriRisk Forum
SocGen cautious on ag prices, despite corn, coffee hopes
The bank sees weakness in corn futures as a "buying opportunity", and hikes coffee price forecasts. But it is more downbeat on wheat and soybeans
Brazil cane harvest to fall in 2017-18 - but sugar output to rise
... says Green Pool, in first forecasts for the key Centre South region, as it trims estimates for the world sugar output deficit this season
Cocoa best ag bet for 2017 - coffee the worst, says Rabobank
... flagging the potential for speculative and index fund interest in the sector. Soybean futures are seen faring better than corn or wheat
Sugar deficit phase to end in 2017-18, says ISO
... but with stocks at a "critically low" level, a price correction does not look in the offing, the organisation says. Marex is less upbeat
Hedge funds' ag sell-down rattles sugar watchers - but not grain investors
Hedge funds swing bearish on ags at the fastest in 9 months. Their net long in cocoa hits a 4-year low. In grains, at least, will selling now slow?
Sugar stocks to fall to lowest level in five years, says USDA
The USDA says higher consumption will offset any production gains, bringing sugar stocks to a five year low
Sugar futures slump on Brazilian cane crushing data
Production is winding down in Brazil, but not as fast as some were expecting, while technical selling weighs on the raw sugar market
Adecoagro cashes in on sugar rally
Earnings from the Soros-backed agribusiness' sugar segment jump as it successfully ramps up production at a time of rising prices
Dangote sees agriculture as having biggest growth potential

The Nigerian giant, while operating in sectors from cement to gas, flags the importance of agriculture, in which it is growing its landbank

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