Grains and soybeans carried over some of the momentum from the last session into this one, allowing them, in early deals at least, to post small gains.
Headway wasn't exactly plentiful, amid default expectations of mammoth US corn and soybean harvests, which spread a little to wheat too, to judge by the outperformance of the nearby September contract in the last session, which was a little evident in this one too.
"Deferred wheat contracts were weaker due to abundant global surplus of wheat," Joyce Liu at Phillip Futures said, also flagging "sluggish US export sales".
But sentiment was given some support by a drier tone to the US weather outlook
"The weather forecasts warned of drier conditions in the US Midwest which could be threatening to the yields of developing crops," Ms Liu said.
"This forecast of dry weather was expected to last through the remaining of August, causing dry spots in the Midwest."
And this at a time when soybeans are in their sensitive pod-setting period, and corn filling ears.
The latest run of the European weather model looks, in the six-to-10 day outlook, "quite warm, and shows significant areas of the upper Plains and the western Corn Belt reaching middle 90s Fahrenheit August 22-24, and near 90 over the eastern Corn Belt", WxRIsk.com said.
South America forecast
Still, there were negatives, beyond mega-crop hopes, too to factor in, with the latest Chinese auction from state soybean reserves going better than the last, in selling, at 198,976 tonnes, 40% of the volumes on offer, at an average price of 3,909 yuan ($640) per tonne.
At least week's auction, just 18% of volumes on offer sold.
Extra Chinese purchases from state reserves could ease demand for imports from the top buying country, at least temporarily.
Furthermore, as Agrimoney.com predicted, there are growing signs that South American sowings of the oilseed will prove higher than initially expected.
"Analysts in South America have been busy revising 2013-14 Brazilian and Argentina soybean estimates higher over past couple days, with local production estimates exceeding the US Department of Agriculture's record-large production outlook," Benson Quinn Commodities said.
Indeed, in Argentina, the Buenos Aires grains exchange overnight forecast a small drop, to 3.56m hectares from 3.68m hectares, in 2013-14 sowings of corn, the main alternative to soybeans.
Meanwhile, there is some data expected later today too to keep investors on their toes.
The National Oilseed Processors Association will release its monthly US soybean crush estimates for July, expected to come in at about 116.5m bushels, on top of the 1.38bn bushels already processed in 2012-13.
The USDA in Monday's Wasde crop report raises by 25m bushels to 1.685bn bushels its forecast for domestic soybean use over 2012-13, which ends this month.
And then there are US weekly export sales data, forecast for corn at, at best, 200,000 tonnes of old crop and 250,000-400,000 tonnes for 2013-14.
For soybeans, the figure is expected at 0-100,000 tonnes for old crop and 900,000-1.1m tonnes for new.
For now, as of 09:30 UK time (03:30 Chicago time), November soybeans added 0.6% to $12.46 a bushel, just short of the 100-day moving average, which the contract has not closed over for three weeks.
December corn added 0.4% to $4.57 ¼ a bushel, short of all major moving averages, but at least failing to put in a fresh near-three-year low.
'French discount to the Black Sea'
For wheat, export sales are expected at 550,000-750,000 tonnes.
There has been some concern in the US over the cheapness of rival European Union supplies, besides those in Ukraine, a renowned supplier of competitively-priced grain.
"The French discount to the Black Sea continues to widen, which adds traction to ideas that the EU crop is getting bigger," Brian Henry at Benson Quinn said.
Indeed, the EU crop was upgraded by the USDA earlier this week, by 2.8m tonnes to 141.4m tonnes, and the bloc cleared a mammoth 694,000 tonnes of wheat for export this week, the highest figure of 2013.
However, on the positive side, from a wheat bulls' perspective, ideas over Russia's production are taking a knock, with the farm ministry on Wednesday cutting its forecast for overall grains output by 5m tonnes to 90m tonnes.
With Ukraine selling wheat $5 a tonne cheaper, these could be signs "that the USDA's 17m-tonne estimate on Russian exports is perhaps 3m-4m tonnes too high," Mr Henry said.
As an extra price supportive sign, in the US cash market, "outside a little bit of weakness in the Gulf on hard red winter wheat and soft red winter wheat, basis levels in the winter wheat contracts remain firm".
Soft red winter wheat for September stood 0.4% higher at $6.33 a bushel.
In Kuala Lumpur, palm oil got off to a strong start too, helped by firmness in soybeans, but also by decent export data for the first half of August, which offset disappointment at Wednesday's statistics showing an unexpected rise in Malaysian inventories.
Exports of Malaysian palm oil products rose 17.7% to 644,589 tonnes during the period, cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services said.
Palm oil for October gained 0.9% to 2,311 ringgit a tonne, earlier reaching a one-month high of 2,318 ringgit a tonne.