(New throughout; updates prices, market activity and comments; changes byline, changes dateline from previous PARIS/SINGAPORE) CHICAGO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday, buoyed by a light surge of buying in the closing minutes of trade following a dull, largely technical session, analysts said. Wheat and corn also closed with modest gains. Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans settled up 4 cents at $9.72-1/4 per bushel after reaching $9.73-3/4, its highest since Sept. 29. CBOT December wheat ended up 2-3/4 cents at $4.43-1/2 a bushel and December corn rose 1/2 cent at $3.50 a bushel, after trading in a slim 2-1/2 cent range. Soybeans had modest support from rains in the U.S. Midwest this week that slowed fieldwork. "You are probably not going to have big harvest yields over the weekend, if the weather is the way it is," said Don Roose, president of Iowa-based U.S. Commodities. Also supportive were worries about dry conditions in portions of Brazil's soy belt. Soybean planting in Brazil was 5.6 percent complete as of Friday, consultancy Safras & Mercado, said, down from 10.4 percent at this time last year as dry weather conditions for most of September delayed seeding. However, the figure was in line with a five-year average of 5.3 percent, Safras said. Traders should focus next week on any changes in the weather outlook for Brazil and Argentina, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly supply/demand reports on Oct. 12. They will watch whether the USDA adjusts its estimates of U.S. 2017 corn and soybean yields and harvested area. Brokerage INTL FCStone and research firm Informa Economics this week raised their U.S. yield estimates for both crops.
"We are getting closer to a report that is going to solidify what these yields really are. We are looking for a slightly bigger yield on both corn and beans," Roose said. CBOT wheat firmed on technical buying and short-covering, plus strength in spring wheat futures on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. MGEX spring wheat rose on ideas the market was due for a rebound after the December contract 1MWEZ7 dropped to $6.06 this week, its lowest since mid-June. The contract stayed mostly above its 200-day moving average on Friday after dipping below the mark earlier this week.
CBOT settlement prices:
Net Pct Volume Last change change CBOT wheat WZ7 443.50 2.75 0.6 46015 CBOT corn CZ7 350.00 0.50 0.1 129778 CBOT soybeans SX7 972.25 4.00 0.4 104308 CBOT soymeal SMZ7 319.20 2.30 0.7 41310 CBOT soyoil BOZ7 32.95 -0.05 -0.2 43859
NOTE: CBOT December wheat, December corn and November soybeans shown in cents per bushel, December soymeal in dollars per short ton and December soyoil in cents per lb.
(Additional reporting by Naveen Thukral in Singapore and Gus Trompiz in Paris; Editing by Alexander Smith and David Gregorio)