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Cotton, soy lead hedge fund return to bearish positioning on ags

Hedge funds cut their net long in ag derivatives for the first time since September, despite a short-covering spree in wheat. Is cocoa now a buy?

Mixed Brazil coffee flowering talk, as 2015 crop estimates loom
The top coffee-growing country is seeing a mixed tree flowering period, Cepea says, as Volcafe anticipates the first "realistic" 2015 crop forecasts
UK exit from rapeseed 'bigger than thought'
UK winter rapeseed sowings plunged 10%, the owner of Agrii says, far more than a key survey suggested. But wheat area was larger than reported
Talk of world running out of cocoa 'overstated in the extreme'
The ICCO terms "spurious" widespread reports of a large world cocoa deficit ahead. Still, are there other reasons to expect cocoa prices to rise?
Frost dents Turkish plan to exploit Russia ag bans
Russian bans on ag imports from the EU have created a golden opportunity for Turkish fruit growers - but when they have little crop to sell
US ditches forecast for rising world sugar stocks
US farm officials, cutting hopes for Brazilian sugar output to a six-year low, forecast the first drop in world inventories in five years
Brazil coffee crop 'better than initially thought'
Brazil's coffee output fell less far than forecast this year, US officials say, proving upbeat on quality too - and lifting ideas for Colombian output
Farmland Partners hikes payout in drive to win over investors
The farmland investment group lifts its dividend by 10%, citing its "commitment to positive returns" - despite further evidence of land price falls
NZ dairy land values soar despite milk price slump
Prices of New Zealand dairy farms rise to their highest since the world financial crisis - defying a five-year low in dairy commodity prices
Smucker admits 'misstep' over coffee price hike
Smucker says that coffee drinkers are more sensitive to prices than it had thought, as it acknowledges handing customers "sticker shock"
Lesson from history is that soy prices will fall
At least, that is what 1997-98 suggest, another year when strong US production clashed with bumper demand from importers and domestic crushers
Indonesia coffee export hopes cut as El Nino looms
Indonesian coffee exports will fall further than thought in 2014-15, thanks in part to weaker production prospects, US officials say
Sugar a better bet than cotton, says ANZ
Sugar prices are "vulnerable to upside surprises", unlike cotton, for which values may drop further, the bank says, proving downbeat on grains too
Are rains too late to save Brazil's coffee crop?

Brazil's coffee plantations are to receive long-awaited rains. But Judith Ganes-Chase says drought has already caused "serious harm"

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