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Deere warns of accelerating ag market decline
The farm equipment giant reports a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profits. But it cautions of a 40% slump in earnings ahead
Cotton 'best bet' among crops, and soybeans worst
Societe Generale cuts its forecast for cotton prices, but to levels above those investors are factoring in. The outlook for soybeans is not so rosy
Live cattle a buy, says SocGen, hiking price hopes
The bank lifts forecasts for futures in feeder and live cattle, citing the boost to beef demand from economic revival. Hogs are more fairly valued
Brazil sugar's 'sudden death' arrives - too late to lift prices
Brazilian Centre South sugar output slumps, as the impact of persistent drought takes hold. But futures show little reaction
Canada lifts wheat, durum price forecasts
Canada, citing quality setbacks, raises forecasts for values of domestic wheat and, especially, durum - for which growers could see a 52% price rise
Hormel shares weaken on end to meat margin boom
Hormel Foods, foreseeing tougher times for pork and turkey output, sees its earnings rising less far than investors have forecast
Cotton 'more vulnerable than corn' to oil price falls
For corn futures, the drop in oil prices has had both positive and negative implications - unlike cotton, SocGen says
Cotton, soy lead hedge fund return to bearish positioning on ags
Hedge funds cut their net long in ag derivatives for the first time since September, despite a short-covering spree in wheat. Is cocoa now a buy?
Mixed Brazil coffee flowering talk, as 2015 crop estimates loom
The top coffee-growing country is seeing a mixed tree flowering period, Cepea says, as Volcafe anticipates the first "realistic" 2015 crop forecasts
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Talk of world running out of cocoa 'overstated in the extreme'
The ICCO terms "spurious" widespread reports of a large world cocoa deficit ahead. Still, are there other reasons to expect cocoa prices to rise?
UK exit from rapeseed 'bigger than thought'
UK winter rapeseed sowings plunged 10%, the owner of Agrii says, far more than a key survey suggested. But wheat area was larger than reported
Farmland Partners hikes payout in drive to win over investors
The farmland investment group lifts its dividend by 10%, citing its "commitment to positive returns" - despite further evidence of land price falls
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