GRAINS-Wheat prices firm on worries dry weather could hit U.S. crops

SYDNEY, June 28 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat prices edged up on Wednesday on concerns that dry weather in U.S. growing regions could damage crops.


* The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade rose 0.3 percent to $4.70-1/4 a bushel, having closed up 0.75 percent on Tuesday.

* The most active soybean futures climbed 0.2 percent to $9.13-1/4 a bushel, after firming 1.2 percent the day before.

* The most active corn futures were steady at $3.59-1/4 a bushel, having closed little changed in the previous session.

* In its weekly U.S. crop conditions report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated 40 percent of the spring wheat crop in good-to-excellent condition, down from 41 percent a week earlier and below market expectations of 41 percent.

* Continued dry weather is forecast across key U.S. growing regions, threatening further downgrades.

* The USDA rated 67 percent of the U.S. corn crop in good-to-excellent condition, unchanged from last week but below analyst expectations of 68 percent.

* Traders were positioning ahead of the USDA's June 30 U.S. sowing acreage and quarterly stocks reports, which have a history of jolting markets. Analysts expected the government to slightly raise its estimate of U.S. 2017 corn plantings and trim is soybean plantings figure.


* The dollar slid to 10-month lows against the euro on Tuesday after the head of the European Central Bank opened the door to steps that might begin to reduce the ECB's stimulus and after a vote on U.S. healthcare legislation was delayed.

* Oil prices fell early on Wednesday after a report of rising U.S. fuel inventories underscored concerns that a three-year old crude glut is far from over.

* The tech-heavy Nasdaq led a broad Wall Street decline on Tuesday.


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Grains prices at 0127 GMT

Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSI CBOT wheat 470.25 1.25 +0.27% +1.02% 458.83 50 CBOT corn 359.25 0.00 +0.00% +0.07% 372.36 29 CBOT soy 913.25 2.00 +0.22% +0.72% 930.13 37 CBOT rice 11.26 -$0.04 -0.31% +0.67% $11.15 51 WTI crude 43.93 -$0.31 -0.70% +1.27% $46.72 44


Euro/dlr $1.134 $0.000 +0.01% +1.42% USD/AUD 0.7599 0.002 +0.22% +0.22%

Most active contracts Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel. Rice: USD per hundredweight RSI 14, exponential

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Joseph Radford)