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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

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
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
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
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
Heavy carry-over stocks will support Black Sea wheat exports
Large inventories will keep Russian and Ukrainian wheat exports strong in 2017-18, despite falling production, US officials say
'Burst of activity' in English land market misses livestock farms
Values of arable land have extended a recovery, amid a "flurry" of deals, Strutt & Parker says. But there is a stock of unsold livestock farms
Chinese sugar imports to drop amid smuggling clampdown
A drive to increase domestic production, and slow imports will hit Chinese sugar buying, even as consumption rises, US officials say
Grain market blow-up 'just a matter of time', says UN expert

Abdolreza Abbassian, UN FAO senior economist, says food supply threats have not gone away - but nor has political co-operation in ags

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