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Speedy US corn, soy farmers face return of rain delays

Rains are to return to the Midwest, where growers have sown more crops than had been thought. But spring wheat areas face a, welcome, dry spell

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Brazilian sugar exports to rise to record levels
Brazilian sugar production and exports will get even bigger this season, thanks to increase cane utilisation, US officials say
California farmland returns shrink - even as rains return
Returns for US farmland investors make their weakest start to a year since at least 1991, reflecting a dive in Pacific West results
Record US soybean sowings lift DuPont profits
The seed giant reports rising sales, although a shift away from corn is delaying some returns, particularly after shift to direct farmer sales
Cattle futures drop after record buy-ins by feedlots
...but the premium of near-dated cattle futures soars, on ideas it will take time for feedlots' buying wave to result in raised beef supplies
Paris wheat prices gain, as EU warns on dryness danger
Worries over a developing rainfall deficit supported front-month Paris wheat futures, despite pressure from the rallying euro
Cotton futures test 3-years high, as fund optimism returns
Official data show speculators once again raising bullish betting on cotton, as strong old-crop demand trumps ideas of a big US harvest ahead
Hedge funds extend ag selling spree to second-longest on record
... raising some ideas that grain prices are vulnerable to a rebound. One commentator likens the wheat market to a geyser poised to blow
South African corn prices tumble on improved weather outlook
Conditions are improving for late-planted South African corn, while Zambia prepares to return to the export market
Spring wheat, canola prices slump on big Canadian sowings
Spring wheat and canola sowings are seen rising faster than expected, according to Canadian government data
North American cocoa grindings rise on falling bean prices
Cocoa grindings are starting to rise worldwide, while prices in New York rebound a touch from near-decade-lows
'Considerable transport problems' cut Australian wheat export hopes
Strong pulse and canola exports are squeezing container supplies, "jeopardising" Australia's reputation, and landing merchants with losses
Nestle undershoots revenue expectations, as chocolate sales fall
Poor confectionary demand in China and Brazil weigh on Nestle's sales, but coffee demand remains robust
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From Guitar Hero to agrobotics - technology is writing farming's future
Farming's quest to lift output is drawing on breakthroughs in areas from satellites to computer games, says Calum Murray of Innovate UK
Featured market report AM markets: grain bears take heart in rapid US plantings
US farmers have sown more corn and, especially, soybeans than investors had thought, allowing some removal of risk premium. Trade data hurt palm oil
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