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Corn sowings may prove victim of Russia, Ukraine hiccups

"Challenging" financial conditions in the countries may see farmers give up on corn sowings, SovEcon says. But they won't leave land vacant

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World rapeseed output to fall for first time in 5 years
The EU and Ukraine will lead a drop in world rapeseed output this year, the IGC says, raising doubts over Canadian canola hopes too
Ivory Coast to overtake Netherlands as top cocoa processor
The biggest cocoa producer is to become the biggest bean processor too, the ICCO says, as it forecasts a return to a world output deficit in 2014-15
Black Earth warns of elevated winterkill - but shares soar
The Russian farm operator says it has already written off 11% of its winter wheat. But it is underlines some fillips to spring sowings prospects
South Africa faces biggest corn imports since 1991
"Severe drought" has left South Africa facing a 32% tumble in corn production this year, the first official forecast shows
Fonterra holds milk payout, amid doubts over market rebound
The co-operative holds at an eight-year low its forecast milk price paid to farmers, amid doubts over the sustainability of a recovery in world values
IGC upbeat on world 2015 corn, wheat prospects
The IGC lifts its forecast for 2015-16 global wheat output and, while seeing corn production falling, says supplies will stay "comfortable"
Coffee, sugar, wheat better bets than soybeans - Rabobank
Investors appear too upbeat on soybean futures, but have overdone selling in arabica coffee, sugar and wheat, Rabobank says
EU pork imports to hit 23-year high, despite Russia ban
US officials issue upbeat forecasts for EU beef and pork exports, saying merchants are finding alternatives to the closed-off Russian market
Sugar futures hit 5-year low, as ISO adds to price gloom
Sugar futures tumble as the ISO revises its data to show a rise in world stocks this season, and foresees limited chances of a price revival for now
Gladstone flags faith in US farmland, as losses narrow
Gladstone Land says it has "many more" potential farm purchases in the works, after buying 11 last year for a total of \$68m
'Risky practice' to lift Paraguay soy harvest to record high
Paraguay's soybean production will rise by 700,000 tonnes in 2015-16, lifted by the spread of second crop sowings, US farm officials say
Egypt places big US wheat order, after prices lowered
Egypt's Gasc authority makes its biggest order of US wheat in years, lured by prices far lower than those it was offered at a tender last week
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Cocoa futures - will 2015 bring a third successive year of gains?

Cocoa futures fulfilled early-year expectations by rising in 2014, helped by ideas of structural output deficit. But has the theme been overplayed?

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