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Crop price weakness blamed for sliding farmland prices

One study shows US land prices falling for a 13th successive month, hours after another shows Iowa prices down falling at their steepest since 1986

Informa hurts idea of drop in US soybean plantings
Informa lifts its 2015 US soybean sowings forecast to well above 2014 levels - in contrast to USDA estimates. Still, they agree on corn, cotton, wheat
Brazil officials, relatively, upbeat on Centre South cane prospects
The Conab crop bureau cuts its forecast for Centre South cane and sugar output - but to levels well above those from industry group Unica
Dairy prices to recover in 2015 - but not until second half
Rabobank cuts hopes for dairy prices in the first half of next year, citing resilient output and soft demand. But better times for sellers lie ahead
Rally in wheat futures past its best, says ANZ
Restricted Russian wheat exports may justify wheat futures trading at \$6.50 a bushel, but \$7 requires extra fuel, ANZ says - as the rally indeed slo
US ups grain price hopes - but not cotton, soy
US officials raise forecasts for corn and wheat prices for 2015-16, citing lower harvest ideas. But they downgrade the outlook for cotton, soy prices
Sugar woes mean more Brazil cane mill closures
Sugar merchant Czarnikow and industry group Unica highlight financial hardship in Brazil's sugar sector, despite differing outlooks for 2015 cane
Thriving poultry group makes stand against hubris
Sanderson Farms underlines the vulnerability of the US poultry sector to boom and bust cycles, even as it unveils record quarterly profits
Strat Grains trims hopes for EU's 2015 wheat crop
The influential analysis group nudges lower its estimate for the world's biggest wheat harvest. Even so, it would be a strong result
Russia worries keep heat in wheat price rally
Wheat futures extend this week's gains to 6% in Chicago, as fears over Russian exports remind traders of the time when "people lost millions"
Upbeat Brazil coffee estimate sends prices lower
The world's biggest coffee harvest will rise by 2.5m bags next year, Volcafe says, in one of the most upbeat - and best-researched - forecasts yet
Deutsche upbeat on grains - but not on livestock
Deutsche Bank terms grains one of the best bets in commodities. But it offers little solace to investors hurt by tumbling livestock futures
Dairy prices 'to stay under pressure' in 2015
US officials, in their first forecasts for 2015, see milk output growth in major exporters slowing - but not by enough to revive dairy prices
Cocoa demand to see change of driver

Cocoa butter rose this year to an unusually high price versus powder, the other main bean-processing product. But are their fortunes about to swap?

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