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PM markets: harvest hopes send corn price near to 5-year low
Corn futures end near their lowest since 2009, depressed by a further round of talk of strong US yields. Still, soybeans, and softs, fare better
Yara in talks with CF Industries over $30bn merger
Shares in Norwegian nitrogen giant Yara International soar after it reveals talks with US-based rival CF Industries over a "merger of equals"
Colombian coffee output 'poised for 20-year high'
The Colombian Coffee Federation pegs output in the arabica-growing country at the highest since 1995. But Vietnam robusta prospects are more uncertain
CF investors 'deserve a premium' from a Yara deal
Societe Generale highlights the benefits to Yara of access to CF Industries' cheap US gas supplies, as brokers react to the groups' merger talks
Australian rains lift Nufarm's prospects
Shares in the agrichemicals group soar after its says that rains have lifted "considerably" prospects in its key Australian market
Brazil farmland prices soar 17% in 13 months
Data from farm operator SLC Agricola show prices of bare land keeping a strong pace of growth - although there is a big variation in performance
China quota cut leaves cotton market 'in a coma'
Cotton futures tumble after China says it will not issue extra import quota, beyond that the WTO requires, boding ill for exporters such as the US
Hedge funds' ag selling stalls - except in wheat
Hedge funds nudge higher their exposure to rising ag commodities, against the recent trends. But this may be down to profit-taking on short bets
Morgan Stanley fuels doubts over US corn, soy sowings data
The bank says officials could cut estimates for US corn sowings by "as much as 3.1m acres" - stoking a debate which is dividing the market
Price fall wins US wheat an order at Gasc tender
Egyptian grain officials buy US wheat at tender for the first time since February, after a tumble of 4% in prices in as many days
PotashCorp lifts hopes for world potash demand
The group says potash shipments will hit a record this year, as a strong performance from the first half of 2014 extends into the second
Grain futures plunge, but wheat premium holds firm
Con, soybean and wheat futures set fresh four-year lows, hurt by a strong dollar and big supplies. But the story is different for high protein wheat
Pakistan floods damage nearly 1m hectares of crops
Late monsoon downpours damage Pakistan's important rice and cotton crops, while too little rain curtails prospects in neighbouring India
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