There's confidence for you.
Agricultural commodities might have been expected to cower near last night's closing levels, what, with the US Department of Agriculture's latest Wasde report on world crop supply and demand on the menu later.
For a report typically a highlight of the crop investors' calendar, this one is being especially anticipated for its estimate of US
However, investors who lost some of their mojo in the last session, which was marred by another Japanese earthquake, rediscovered enough to send Chicago crops off to a firm start.
May corn added 1.0% to $7.66 ½a bushel as of 07:20 GMT (08:20 UK time), back within 1% of Thursday's record high, leading Chicago peers higher too.
A big help was a rise in Tokyo stocks, which rose 1.9% to close at their highest level since before last month's earthquake, so removing lingering doubts that the latest tremors had caused significant damage.
This helped other markets too.
A weaker greenback makes dollar-denominated assets, such as many crops, more affordable to buyers in other currencies.
Corn's performance helped pull up its rival for US spring sowings acres,
Poor US weekly soybean export sales data revealed on Thursday, of 190,000 tonnes for 2010-11 and 2011-12 combined, further raised "concern that USDA will reduce soybean exports and/or crush use to leave US stocks unchanged", Kim Rugel at Benson Quinn Commodities said.
Meanwhile, the USDA is seen likely "increasing South American production which would increase global carryout stock".
Soybeans for May stood 0.9% higher at $13.76 ¼ a bushel.
"Total sales of [US] wheat for the past month are running 39% ahead of last year's pace," Luke Mathews at Commonwealth Bank of Australia said.
However, Kansas wheat extended a new trend of giving back some of its premium, amid forecasts of some rain for parched seedlings of the hard red winter type it trades. The May lot stood just 0.2% higher at $9.24 ½ a bushel.
As an aside, something of the same weather dynamic is going on in Western Australia, typically Australia's top grain producing state, where "rainfall over the last week has been barely enough to settle the dust in most of [the state's] wheatbelt", Australia & New Zealand Bank said.
"We are still around two week's away from the official kick-off date for winter plantings in Western Australia.
"Weather models indicate chances of up to 15mm of rain across parts of the wheatbelt on Monday and then again chances of higher falls next weekend."
When US inventories are already running at such thin levels, every bale counts.
And, in Kuala Lumpur,
Palm oil for June added 1.5% to 3,378 ringgit a tonne.