Argentine farmers are finishing this year's wheat sowing, helped by moist soils and cold weather that is prolonging the vegetative stage of crops, raising hopes of high yields and a record harvest, growers and analysts said on Wednesday. Cold Southern Hemisphere winter weather allows seedlings to grow more sprigs per plant. Harvesting starts in November.
A record wheat harvest expected in Argentina this year could arrive just in time to jumpstart the ailing country's economy in the fourth quarter, after growth has been hit by low investment, high inflation and a soy crop devastated by drought.
Soy beans in Chicago climbed to their highest having advanced 0.4% on Thursday to 650.47 dollars the ton, while corn up 0.2% to 319.47 dollars the ton came closer to its record value of last August, 327.25 dollars. Wheat meantime slid 0.2% to 324.64 dollars the ton.
Argentina could require that grains futures be listed in the local Peso currency the head of the central bank said on Friday, a move that traders said would paralyze markets in the leading global food supplier.