Agricultural Commodities Wheat Commodity Market Trades, Charts

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    The world is facing a new food crisis as the worst US drought in more than 50 years pushes agricultural commodity prices to record highs.

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    With nearly two-thirds of the US enduring drought conditions, food prices are expected to jump ahead of the November election. That could add to voter anxieties about the economy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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    The USDA slashed projections of corn production by a larger than expected amount, now predicting an average yield of 146 bushels an acre. "My concern is we're underestimating the scope of the problem," says Gulke, who also advises farmers on risk management tools like futures with The Gulke Group.

  • Santelli on USDA Crop Report

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the play on the USDA's cut in yield projections for corn, soybeans, and wheat, with Frank Lesh, FuturePath Trading

  • Corn Prices Surge on USDA Forecast

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the latest trades in corn and grain after a government report predicts significant cuts in yields.

  • Speculators Still Short Commodities

    Greg Smith, Group CEO, Global Commodities Ltd says that speculators are still short commodities and that investors are not picking up on the protein theme yet.

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    A rising U.S. dollar is exerting major pressure on commodity prices and in turn could be setting up a prime buying opportunity in grains, energy and—yes—even gold.

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    With commodities enjoying a robust start to 2012, some traders are concerned that crude oil and other hard assets are ripe for a fall.

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    Syngenta, the world's largest agrochemicals company, is aiming for higher earnings this year as price hikes and cost-cuts are expected to help it offset the impact of the strong Swiss franc and raw material prices.

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    Food prices and security, threatened by weather-caused production declines and relentless rising demand, will be a key issue at the conference of world business, political and social leaders.

  • Gartman: Impressed with Grains & Near Bullish on Gold

    Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, weighs in on legendary investor, Jim Roger's Ag commodities play, and the outlook for gold.

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    An extended bank holiday in the European Union to halt a steep market fall, a third party candidate winning the race for the White House, and 50 European banks being nationalized are just a few of Saxo Bank's "outrageous predictions" for 2012.

  • Grains & Fertilizer Stocks Rally

    Mark Gulley, Ticonderoga Securities managing director with the play on commodity stocks, ahead of Wednesday's USDA crop report, and the Fast Money traders with the trade on Tyson's upgrade.

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    From aviation to wheat production, a broad cohort of US industry is looking forward to the passage of US trade deals with Colombia and Panama next week.

  • Grains Break Out Again

    Dry patch of weather in the Midwest is pushing grain prices higher, with Rich Ilczyszyn, MF Global.

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or gold? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months while others have significantly fallen off their highs. In fact, the a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities mostly traded in the U.S., is down 32 percent from its all-time high back in July 2008. So far in 2011, the CRB index is down 3.8 percent compared to an 8.2 percent loss for the S&P 500. Despite that trend, several in

    CNBC’s Analytics Team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities in the CRB index. Click ahead to learn about the hot and the not-so-hot commodities of 2011.

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    Markets have overreacted to recent concerns on oversupply in soft commodities, and the fundamentals do not support the recent sell-off, Sudakshina Unnikrishnan, analyst at Barclays Capital, told CNBC on Tuesday.

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    China’s self-sufficiency in wheat, rice and corn could be reversed in dramatic fashion in the next few years offering investors a chance to make big returns, according to Richard Ferguson, the global head of agriculture at Renaissance Capital in London.

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  • Wheat Futures on the Rise Again

    Global floods and drought have pushed wheat futures up over 75% in the past year. Insight on how to play this commodity trade, with Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, and the Fast Money traders weigh in on their stock picks of the day.