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Wheat Retreats as Argentina and Australia Add to Supply

November 17, 2011 at 8:29 by Vladimir Vyun

Wheat was flat today after falling yesterday on forecasts of increasing supply.

The Grain Industry Association of Western Australia predicted that output from Western Australia may double to 9.24 million metric tons, above the 9.12 million tons estimated last month. Rainy weather in Argentina may help accelerate planting. Oil World forecast that Argentine farmers will increase sowing 6.8 percent to 4.87 million hectares (12 million acres).

Growing production in the Southern Hemisphere added to increasing supply from Russia and Ukraine. As a result, demand for the US wheat shrank. US exports are expected to drop to 26.54 million tons in the 2011–12 season from 35.1 million tons a year ago, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Wheat spot price was near its opening level of $6.1625 per bushel as of 8:09 GMT on CBoT.

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