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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
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
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?
Coffee, corn tempt hedge funds to extend bullish ags spree
Specs lift their net long to a four-month high, despite worsened sentiment on cocoa. Still, funds may wish they had had stayed cool on corn too
Cocoa futures plumb new lows, as Ivorian farmers deliver more beans
Cocoa beans are arriving at ports in Cote D'Ivoire at well above last year's pace, after a slow start
Olam finds relief in cocoa prices
Olam International's acquisition of ADM's cocoa unit is paying off, though the company suffered a drop in earnings
Investors eye sluggish Ivorian cocoa volumes
Cocoa prices are near three-year lows, but it remains to be seen if slow Ivorian arrivals represent low stocks, or a problem with the next crop
Hedge funds extend bullish ag spree to longest in two years
... despite in sugar the biggest selldown in nine months, which funds may now regret. The coffee net long nears a record top, with soy in demand too
Cocoa futures hit 3-year low amid high hopes for West Africa crop
"The bull market is over" in cocoa, a trader says, with buyers preferring fresh West Africa supplies to aged beans up for grabs through futures
Cattle, hog, hard wheat prices to gain from index rejig - sugar to lose
Lean hog and live cattle prices could see "material upward impact" from the annual commodity index rejig, Societe Generale says
Cocoa grinding at its most profitable in three years, says Callebaut
Barry Callebaut, while unveiling a drop in profits, reports rising margins for cocoa processing, as cocoa butter prices rise
Egypt may suffer lasting hangover from ergot rumpus

Egypt may face a need to accelerate wheat purchases at a time when it is being forced by wary merchants to pay a premium

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