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Soybeans Fall, Wheat Goes Up as Rains May Cut Planting

January 6, 2010 at 23:05 by Vladimir Vyun

Soybeans tumbled to the lowest in two weeks on outlook that demand for supplies from the U.S will wane as farmers in South America may harvest record crops next month. Argentina and Brazil, the two greatest growers after the U.S., may harvest a record 116 million tons. Rainfall next week will boost soybean filling and pod development in both countries. Analysts say that speculation about “demand shifting away from U.S. supplies, especially from China” caused “some selling”. January futures for soybean delivery slid $0.045 (0.4 percent) to $10.565 per bushel by 10:25 on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Wheat reached the highest level in a month after report that fewer acres were planted with winter varieties in the U.S. because of unusually wet weather. Some farmers were prevented from sowing wheat by muddy fields delaying corn and soybean harvests. The price also aided by speculators buying contracts with expectation on rising demand for raw materials. March futures for wheat delivery increased $0.1425 (2.6 percent) to $5.6725 per bushel on CBT.

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