PARIS A French export alliance of grain cooperatives to take on the challenge of Black Sea supplies may not be enough to stop the EU's top exporter losing the vital Algerian market to Russian wheat, traders and analysts said.
PARIS/MADRID A four-day heatwave across western Europe that killed seven people began to ease slightly on Sunday, as temperature alerts were cut back and wildfires slowly brought under control. | Video
PARIS/MADRID, June 30 Wildfires burned tracts of
land in France and Spain at the weekend as Europe sweltered in
record-breaking temperatures that pushed the mercury towards
all-time highs on Sunday in Germany, killing at least seven
PARIS/MADRID Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least six people.
* In Spain, temperatures seen over 43 degrees C for third
PARIS/HAMBURG A record-breaking heatwave in western Europe may trim grain harvest production but the searing heat is not expected to last long enough to cause the kind of severe crop losses seen during a drought last year.
* U.S. wheat rebounds after closing lower on Friday
* U.S. wheat belts including Kansas set for more rain
* Corn, soybeans subdued before weekly planting update
(Updates with European trading, changes byline/dateline)
By Gus Trompiz and Naveen Thukral
PARIS/SINGAPORE, June 3 U.S. wheat futures
rallied on Monday on concerns about harvest risks as more heavy
rain was forecast in some U.S. grain belts and warm, dry weather
was expected in top wheat exporter Russia.
However, corn and soybeans inched lower as the markets
digested a U.S. threat of tariffs against Mexico while awaiting
a weekly U.S. crop planting report to see if historic rain
delays in seeding crops continued last week.
The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade
was up 1.5% at $5.10-1/2 a bushel, as of 1158 GMT.
Kansas hard red winter wheat led overnight gains in U.S.
futures, with spot prices trading up 2.3% at $4.84.
Torrential rain, which has slowed corn planting to its
slowest pace on record, is increasingly causing concern about
damage to U.S. wheat.
Latest forecasts showed more heavy rain in part of the
central U.S. Plains in the coming two weeks, including in major
growing state Kansas.
"Wheat has gained largely on the back of rally in corn
prices but we have rains hitting the U.S. crop and now people
are talking about dryness in the Black Sea region, which reduced
yields in Russia and Ukraine," a Singapore-based grains trader
After intense heat in southern Russia in the past few days,
weather outlooks were for more warmer than average temperatures
and limited rain in the week ahead.
Wheat, corn and soybean futures dropped on Friday, giving up
some of their hefty gains during May, after U.S. President
Donald Trump threatened to place tariffs on imports of goods
from Mexico in response to illegal immigration.
The move raised fears about agricultural trade with Mexico,
the largest buyer of U.S. corn, and wider effects on economic
growth amid an ongoing trade dispute between Washington and
CBOT corn was down 0.4% at $4.22-1/4 a bushel, while
soybeans inched down 0.1% to $8.77-1/4 a bushel.
Grain traders were looking ahead to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's weekly crop progress report, issued after the
market close on Monday, to see if soggy field conditions
continued to blight corn and soybean planting efforts in the
"If it turns out that a substantial proportion of the
acreage still has not been sown, this could lend further
buoyancy to the corn price," Commerzbank said.
But upward momentum may be curbed after speculative
investors reduced sharply their net short positions in corn
during the recent rally, the bank added.
Prices at 1158 GMT
Last Change Pct End Ytd Pct
Move 2018 Move
CBOT wheat 510.50 7.50 1.49 503.25 1.44
CBOT corn 425.25 -1.75 -0.41 375.00 13.40
CBOT soy 877.25 -0.50 -0.06 895.00 -1.98
Paris wheat Sep 185.50 0.25 0.13 190.50 -2.62
Paris maize Jun 165.75 0.25 0.15 184.50 -10.16
Paris rape Aug 370.00 -0.25 -0.07 362.25 2.14
WTI crude oil 54.16 0.66 1.23 45.41 19.27
Euro/dlr 1.12 0.00 0.10 1.1469 -2.54
Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel,
Paris futures in euros per tonne
(Reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Naveen Thukral in
Singapore, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Alexander Smith)
* French consultancy puts EU crop at 13-year low of 17.8 mln
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