Dealers said the market would continue to keep a close watch on Brazil's real currency after it slumped as much as 8 percent on Thursday, the biggest percentage drop since it was devalued in 1999.
"The agreement establishes the payment of a fine totalling R$225m by these executives, as well as their co-operation with the Public Prosecutor's Office regarding all matters disclosed to the authorities". Goldman Sachs last week lowered its forecast for the dollar.
Commodity funds were net buyers of CBOT corn and wheat futures contracts on Wednesday and small net sellers in soybeans, traders said.
Farmer withholding had been particularly evident in soybeans - and indeed blamed by the likes of Bunge for undermining profits.
CHICAGO-Cattle futures rose Thursday after bouncing off lows made earlier in the day. Brazilian farmers who had sold only about half of it by early May will probably hurry up with large sales amid decline in their currency, thus put big pressure on USA soybeans.
This may have been down just to profit-taking on short bets. Crop tours earlier this week predict lower wheat yields.
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We got some rain midweek, but by the end of the week some bean planters were starting to roll.
David Tolleris at WxRisk.com writing in the early hours United Kingdom time, said that the weather radar showed that "violent and powerful thunderstorms have developed across much of central Oklahoma, central Kansas and pushing into south central Nebraska".
More rain and nonsevere thunderstorms are expected in the Midwest heading into the weekend. Greatest rain amounts with these midweek storms fell across the southeast one-third of Iowa, where reports of 0.67 to 1.5 inches were common.
Winter wheat headed reached 95 percent.
Egypt's main state wheat buyer purchased two cargoes of USA hard red winter wheat in an global tender along with cargoes from Romania, Ukraine and Russian Federation. New-crop wheat futures climbed to 20 cents per bushel following the late season snowstorm.
Field conditions are mixed across the heart of the Corn Belt.
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"There shouldn't be that much corn to be planted by the weekend".
The report indicates that Minnesota's spring wheat planting was 93 percent complete, and potato and sugar beet planting advanced to 72 and 99 percent complete, respectively.
Soybean futures for July delivery gained 3¼¢ to $9.79½ a bushel overnight on the Chicago Board of Trade.
In the 18 states responsible for the majority of the soybean crop, planting has caught up with the multi-year average, said the department.
The funds' new net position in soybeans stands at 34,335 contracts on the short side, compared with 47,667 in the week prior.
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