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Wheat prices fell after Australia forecasted its second highest crop ever

Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:00 UTC
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Wheat had been on track for its fifth straight monthly gain on Friday, its longest streak in 13 years, before Monday’s retreat Wheat had been on track for its fifth straight monthly gain on Friday, its longest streak in 13 years, before Monday’s retreat

Wheat prices fell after Australia forecast its second-highest crop ever and Russia proposed curtailing grain exports next year. Wheat futures fell as much as 3.3% in Chicago trading, the lowest for the contract in almost eight weeks. Corn and soybeans also fell following rainfall in South America during the weekend.

Wheat had been on track for its fifth straight monthly gain on Friday, its longest streak in 13 years, before Monday’s retreat. The turnaround came after Australia raised its production estimate by 8% to 31.2 million tons. Russia, the world’s biggest wheat shipper, aims to ease its plan for curbing grain exports in 2021, with shippers saying there’s adequate supply to satisfy demand as some importing nations stockpile food.

“Essentially there is going to be no limit on Russia wheat exports on a practical basis,” Rich Nelson, chief strategist at Allendale Inc., said by phone.

Soybeans and corn futures pulled back as parts of Argentina and Brazil saw rain during last weekend with more expected this week. Still, key growing areas of both countries are expected to remain dry, Terry Reilly, commodity analyst at Futures International in Chicago, said in a note.

The La Nina climate phenomenon has curtailed rainfall in Brazil, the top grower of soybeans, sparking output concerns when China’s feed-grain demand is booming.

Categories: Agriculture, International.
Tags: Australia, wheat.

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