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Apr 10, 2015

Wheat jumps on short-covering, soybeans stuck at near 6-month low

CHICAGO, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures rose 1.5
percent on Friday on a round of short-covering by speculators
after price declines in three of the previous four sessions,
traders said.
“The big short contingent in the wheat market is definitely
something to be reconciled with,” said Bill Gentry, a broker at
Risk Management Commodities in Lafayette, Indiana. “We have seen
a fair amount of short-covering but there’s still more cleaning
up to do.”
Corn and soybeans were slightly lower, anchored by ample
domestic supplies, while huge crops from South America lowered
demand for U.S. offerings on the export market. Soybeans
remained stuck near six-month lows.
For the week, front-month Chicago Board of Trade wheat
futures were down 1.9 percent, soybeans were down
3.5 percent, and corn was down 2.8 percent.
At 10:36 a.m. CDT (1536 GMT), CBOT May wheat was up
7-3/4 cents at $5.26-1/2 a bushel.
Some lingering concerns about dry conditions in the U.S.
Plains also supported wheat prices despite forecasts for
much-needed rains across much of the growing belt in the next
two weeks.
Crop woes in parts of the Black Sea region added to the
bullish tone.
A government source in Ukraine said on Friday the country’s
wheat crop could drop to about 20 million tonnes from 24.1
million last year due to the effect of poor autumn weather plus
less use of fertilizer by cash-strapped farmers in the war-torn
country.
CBOT May soybeans were down 1/4 cent at $9.53-1/4 and
CBOT May corn was down 2 cents at $3.76 a bushel.
The Brazilian government’s crop supply agency, Conab,
raised its forecast for the mostly harvested 2014/15 soybean
crop to 94.28 million tonnes on Friday from the 93.26 million
tonnes forecast in March. It also raised its corn production
view to 78.99 million tonnes from 78.21 million tonnes.

Dry weather forecast for Argentina was expected to allow
farmers there to speed through the end of their harvest and add
to the already ample global supply base.
“Both of these South American countries are bringing in
record harvests, which are just now coming onto the market,”
Commerzbank analysts said in a note.

Apr 9, 2015

USDA raises U.S. corn end stocks view; cuts wheat, soy

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. government raised
its outlook for domestic corn supplies by less than expected on
Thursday, while its lowered projection for soybean ending stocks
was in line with market forecasts.

Corn stocks for the end of the 2014/15 marketing year were
seen at 1.827 billion bushels, 50 million bushels more than the
U.S. Agriculture Department projected in its March supply and
demand report. The bump came from a cut to usage in the feed and
residual category, as market watchers had expected.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. corn, soybeans sag; wheat bounces after early decline

CHICAGO, April 7 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybean futures
eased on Tuesday on pressure from abundant global supplies and
weakening demand for U.S. offerings on the export market,
traders said.

“The world supplies are still large. The crop in South
America continues to grow as harvest continues to progress in
Argentina,” said Don Roose, analyst at U.S. Commodities in West
Des Moines, Iowa. “I think that is a weight on the market.”

Apr 6, 2015

Wheat falls from highest since mid-Feb; corn, soy also weak

CHICAGO, April 6 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures fell on
Monday on a round of technical selling after posting their
biggest weekly gain in 3-1/2 months, traders said.

Corn and soybean futures also were weaker, pressured by
robust global supplies and profit taking after posting modest
gains during the overnight trading session.

Apr 1, 2015

Soy extends rally sparked by plantings report; corn, wheat rise

CHICAGO, April 1 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean futures jumped 1.6
percent on Wednesday, their third straight day of gains, as the
U.S. government’s forecast for smaller-than-expected plantings
of the oilseed continued to fuel buying.

Corn and wheat also rose, rebounding from sharp losses on
Tuesday as bargain buyers stepped in despite huge global
supplies. A round of short covering also lent support.

Mar 31, 2015

USDA sees corn acres, stocks above expectations, record soy seedings

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers were seen
cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even
as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government
data showed on Tuesday.

The U.S. Agriculture Department, in its closely watched
prospective plantings report, also predicted that farmers would
devote a record 84.635 million acres of their fields to soybeans
this spring. But the soybean seedings outlook was below market
forecasts.

Mar 31, 2015

USDA sees corn acres, stocks above expectations; record soy seedings forecast

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers were seen
cutting their corn plantings by less than expected in 2015 even
as supplies ballooned to the highest since 1987, U.S. government
data showed on Tuesday.

The U.S. Agriculture Department in its closely watched
prospective plantings report also predicted that farmers would
devote a record 84.635 million acres of their fields to soybeans
this spring. But the soybean seedings outlook fell below market
forecasts.

Mar 18, 2015

Bargain buying props up soybeans; corn, wheat fall

CHICAGO, March 18 (Reuters) – U.S. soybean futures edged
higher on Wednesday on a round of bargain buying and
short-covering after prices fell near five-month lows on
Tuesday, traders said.

Corn and wheat were lower, weighed down by plentiful global
supplies and weakening export demand for U.S. supplies.

Mar 16, 2015

Weather concerns spur buying in U.S wheat; corn, soy fall

CHICAGO, March 16 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures rose for
the sixth time in seven sessions on Monday on concerns about dry
conditions in the U.S. Plains hindering growth as the winter
wheat crop emerges from dormancy.

Corn futures sagged 1.3 percent on pressure from
lower-than-expected U.S. export inspections data. Soybeans also
dropped as traders anticipated huge U.S. plantings of the
oilseed in the coming months.

Mar 10, 2015

USDA cuts world, U.S. corn stocks view as exports heat up

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – U.S. and world corn
supplies are projected to be smaller than expected by the end of
the marketing year due to rising export demand, the U.S.
Agriculture Department said on Tuesday.

The government also left its outlook for domestic soybean
supplies unchanged and lowered U.S. wheat stocks by just 1
million bushels in its monthly supply and demand report.

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      "I cover grain futures out of Chicago, with a focus on the wheat market. Examining the effects of world crop production on prices and the vagaries of export demand for U.S. supplies takes up most of my time. Previously, I was a reporter on the equities desk in New York and I got my start as a news assistant in the Washington Bureau."
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