*Concerns about Ukraine unrest buoy wheat futures. Wheat futures gained 3.4 percent, surging through the $7- a-bushel level, on fears that escalating political tensions in Ukraine would disrupt shipments of the grain from the key exporter. "The market last week was compressed on the China default news," said Dan Cekander, grains analyst with Newedge USA.» Read More
Kona Haque, head of agricultural research at Macquarie Group, discusses why farmers are moving towards growing soy.
*USDA sees U.S. corn acres down sharply from 2013. CHICAGO, March 31- U.S. corn futures on Monday climbed above $5 per bushel for the first time since September after a highly anticipated U.S. crop report revealed that inventories were smaller than expected on March 1.
*Cautious trade ahead of USDA sowings, stocks reports. "I think the markets are drifting down in advance of the USDA spring planting and stocks estimates on Monday," said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank. "The spring USDA forecasts are traditionally among those which can cause heavy market volatility, so we are seeing positioning ahead of them."
*Traders squaring positions ahead of USDA supply-demand report. At 9:42 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade May soybean futures were down 14-1/ 2 cents at $14.43-1/ 4 a bushel. CBOT May corn was down 3 cents at $4.86 a bushel and CBOT May soft red winter wheat was 2 cents lower at $6.52 a bushel.
*Soybeans rally as export demand tightens supplies. *Wheat to 3- month high on short covering, Ukraine jitters. Wheat futures hit a three-month top on follow-through technical buying after strong gains this week and jitters about political instability in Ukraine, a major corn and wheat exporter.
*Adverse weather hits Brazil, Argentina soybean output. CHICAGO, Feb 18- U.S. soybean futures surged to a five-month high on Tuesday on robust demand and concerns about smaller crops in key exporters Brazil and Argentina due to adverse weather.
NEW YORK, Feb 18- The bull run in arabica coffee futures continued on Tuesday, surging to a one-year high on worries about a drought in Brazil, and concern about South American crop weather also pushed soybeans to a five-month peak.
*Adverse weather hits Brazil, Argentina soybean output. CHICAGO, Feb 18- U.S. soybean futures surged to a five-month high on Tuesday as adverse weather in South America fuelled concerns about smaller crops in key exporters Brazil and Argentina.
*Adverse weather hitting Brazil, Argentina output. *Wheat gains for 3rd day to test $6 mark, corn also up. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Feb 18- U.S. soybean futures rose on Tuesday to approach a five-month high, supported by concerns that adverse weather was reducing harvest prospects in Brazil and Argentina.
Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat has risen in four out of the last five trading sessions and was on track for a weekly gain of 3.6 percent " Chicago futures are moving through resistance as managed funds cover short positions," Sterling Smith, futures specialist at Citigroup, said in a note to clients.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- U.S. grain futures edged higher on Wednesday on technical buying, while profit-taking pushed soybean meal futures down sharply after a rally in the previous session. U.S. soymeal has been in demand as output has slowed from Argentina, the world's top supplier of the livestock feed.
NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. commodity markets were mixed on Tuesday, as soybeans tumbled on forecasts of rain in key exporter Argentina, gold slid, and natural gas futures rallied as cold weather threatened the eastern half of the United States.
BEIJING, Jan 20- China, the world's top buyer of raw cotton and soy, will this year scrap its controversial scheme to stockpile the commodities and will trial direct subsidies for farmers instead, the government said in a policy document.
*Corn dips on profit taking. Corn futures closed lower, with traders noting a round of profit-taking after two straight days of gains pushed prices to a three-week high on Monday. Wheat notched the biggest gains, led by a 2 percent jump in KCBT hard red winter wheat.
*Egypt purchase buoys wheat market. *Soybeans firm on strong USDA export inspections. *Corn closes firm after early weakness.
More than 90 percent of the soybeans in the U.S. are genetically modified, explains CNBC's Sara Eisen.
Corn and soybean futures also rose as traders evened up positions ahead of key U.S. Department of Agriculture crop reports due out on Friday. Overnight lows fell to minus 5 to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit across southern Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and northern Kentucky- big soft red winter wheat country, where much of the area was unprotected by snow cover.
*USDA announces sales of U.S. soybeans. CHICAGO, Dec 24- U.S. soybean futures inched upward on Tuesday in quiet pre-Christmas dealings with a sale of U.S. soy lending some modest support while weather in South America remained a mixed bag for the soy complex.
CHICAGO, Dec 23- U.S. soybean futures ended lower on Monday, on concerns that China soon may be shifting its soy buying to South America from the United States, and on outlooks for better crop weather in South America.
CHICAGO, Dec 17- U.S. soybean futures rose 0.5 percent on Tuesday, their third straight session of gains, due to higher soymeal, active soymeal exports and stronger cash soymeal markets. Soybeans also were supported by the strong U.S. soybean crush as seen in Monday's National Oilseeds Processors Association monthly crush report.