Hello stranger. Who should turn up after the close of markets on Monday with a wheat tender but Egypt, the world's biggest buyer of the grain, which had gone to ground since February.
Rumours swirled that this absence – after a long stretch of tenders every fortnight or so - was down to financing, or political, problems following the country's ousting of Hosni Mubarak as president, although Egypt merely said it had plenty of the grain.
Whatever, the country is back after wheat now – but not from Russia which, while it has lifted its ban on exports from July 1, has not been forgiven by Cairo for the curbs, which left Egypt scrambling to replace Russian supplies.
Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the US are in the running.
That offered some good demand news for the
Nine points of the crop was seeded, to hit 88% completed. They are usually over by now.
Canada's plantings were at 86%, compared with 96% usually in the ground by now.
"Pockets of Saskatchewan and Manitoba made some good seeding progress, but many farmers are now being forced to abandon significant acreage due to excess moisture," the Canadian Wheat Board said.
Meanwhile, there was mixed news out of Argentina, with the approval of the first 3m tonnes of exports from the 2011-12 crop (albeit likely only to be a small proportion of the final figure, pegged by the US Department of Agriculture at 15m tonnes).
However, Matthew Pierce at PitGuru scored a point for bulls in saying that "in Argentina I'm hearing that hot temperatures and high winds are slowing their winter wheat sowings".
This was enough to put the brakes on wheat's slide, as noted in the last session.
But with Minneapolis spring wheat for July up 0.3% at $9.87 ¾ a bushel, Kansas hard red winter wheat up 0.2% at $8.52 ½ a bushel and Chicago soft red winter wheat flat at $7.43 a bushel, the uplift was hardly generous.
Indeed, further-ahead contracts showed losses.
Farm commodity investors were not in the mood, at least as of 07:15 GMT (08:15 UK time), with Benson Quinn Commodities noting a market that felt "heavy".
Technically, wheat faced some turbulence, after the grain in last session "blew past last week's lows like butter", Mike Mawdsley at Market 1 said, noting that Kansas wheat faced a tussle with its 200-day moving average, at $8.45 a bushel.
That said, as Luke Mathews at Commonwealth Bank of Australia noted, "recall that the 'intended' acreage estimate was reduced last week", by 1.5m acres to 90.7m acres.
Still, the condition of the crop improved too, with 69% rate in "good" or "excellent" condition, up two points on the week, and closing the gap with the 77% a year ago.
A year ago the proportion was 73%.
Kim Rugel at Benson Quinn added that while "national planting is now near normal pace, emergence still lags at 64% emerged compared to a 76% five-year average, with emergence notably lagging in the eastern Midwest and northern states".
Whether soybeans hang on to gains later may depend on US industry crush data for May expected to come in at 121.56m bushels, marginally ahead of April's 121.33m bushels, with soyoil stocks expected to have shrunk to 2.55-2.65bn pounds from 2.69bn pounds in April.
In Texas, the top growing state, the proportion was only 18%.
Still, the state has received some recent rains, at Mr Mathews noted.
"Totals were probably sufficient to promote germination for many dryland crops and provide a temporary alleviation to irrigation requirements," he said.
"But still, World Weather reports that the totals were too light to seriously change the poor crop situation and much more rain is urgently needed."
Agrimoney.com should also mention Chinese inflation data which, at 5.5% last month, were higher than in April, but in line with market forecasts.