GRAINS-Soybean prices firm as US crop tour findings stoke yield concerns

SYDNEY, Aug 23 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean prices rose on Wednesday, drawing support from the findings of a widely-watched U.S. crop tour that stoked fears production would fail to meet official estimates.


* The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade had climbed 0.6 percent to $9.43 a bushel by 0107 GMT, after closing up 0.1 percent on Tuesday.

* The most active corn futures were up 0.1 percent at $3.60-1/2 a bushel, having closed down 0.8 percent in the previous session.

* The most active wheat futures were little changed at $4.29-1/4 a bushel, after ending Tuesday down 1.8 percent.

* The annual Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour found below-average corn yield potential in Indiana and above-average in Nebraska, while soybean pod counts were average to below-average in the states.

* U.S. Department of Agriculture data released late on Monday showed the U.S. spring wheat harvest as 58 percent complete, above the five-year average pace of 51 percent.

* Top world wheat importer Egypt was looking to reject a cargo of Romanian wheat, sources said on Monday. The shipment was found to contain poppy seeds, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


* The dollar rallied on Tuesday after falling for two straight days, benefiting from the euro's decline following weaker-than-expected euro zone data as well as investors adjusting positions ahead of a global central bankers' conference this week.

* Oil inched up on Tuesday, lifted by expectations of another crude stockpile drawdown in the United States but price gains were limited amid the reopening of Libya's largest oil field.

* U.S. stocks ended up on Tuesday, with each of the three major indexes posting their best one-day percentage gains in over a week, as lawmakers' comments on tax reform and the debt ceiling boosted investor optimism.

DATA/EVENT AHEAD (GMT) 0700 Speech by ECB President Mario Draghi in Germany

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Grains prices at 0107 GMT

Contract Last Change Pct chg Two-day chg MA 30 RSI CBOT wheat 429.25 0.25 +0.06% -1.77% 488.03 14 CBOT corn 360.50 0.50 +0.14% -0.69% 380.23 29 CBOT soy 943.00 5.50 +0.59% +0.72% 974.13 49 CBOT rice 12.48 -$0.02 -0.16% +0.04% $12.46 52 WTI crude 47.65 -$0.18 -0.38% +0.59% $47.99 47


Euro/dlr $1.175 -$0.001 -0.09% -0.54% USD/AUD 0.7882 -0.002 -0.32% -0.67%

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)