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* Corn up 2 percent on worries about flooding
* Excessive rains lend support to soybeans
* Wheat firms on late bargain buying
By Mark Weinraub
CHICAGO, June 19 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybean futures rose for the second straight session on Thursday, supported by concerns that heavy rains in some growing areas of the United States may have caused damage to developing crops, traders said.
“It looks like 10 to 20 percent of the Corn Belt is just too darn wet,” said Dave Fogel, a broker for Advance Trading in Bloomington, Illinois. “There is an expectation that we will see crop ratings drop on both (corn and soybeans).”
Wheat futures ended firm, supported by a late round of bargain buying after hovering near unchanged for much of the session.
Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for July delivery closed up 11-3/4 cents at $14.20-3/4 a bushel. November soybeans , which track the crop that is currently growing, were 14-1/4 cents higher at $12.27-1/4 a bushel.
CBOT July corn was 9 cents higher at $4.50-1/2 a bushel, closing just off its session high.
Bargain buying and short covering was featured in both commodities, which have fallen sharply during the past two months on easing supply concerns and expectations for a big harvest this fall.
“Both the corn and soybean market have been hit pretty well as far as selling goes,” said Greg Wagner, president of GWX-Ag Advisors, “I would regard the strength in both these markets as being technically based more than anything.”
CBOT soft red winter wheat for July delivery ended up 6-1/2 cent at $5.93-1/2 a bushel. Traders also noted some spreading against the K.C. hard red winter wheat contract, which rallied 2.1 percent on Wednesday.
K.C. July hard red winter wheat rose 1-1/2 cents to close at $7.29-1/4 a bushel but failed to break through technical resistance at its 100-day moving average.
The Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers issued a report earlier this week about disappointing harvest yields in key hard red winter wheat-growing areas of the U.S. Plains.
“The report has raised some quality concerns and the weather outlook over the next seven days calls for rain across the southern Plains and Midwest region, which could downgrade that wheat into feed category,” said Andrew Woodhouse, grains analyst at Advance Trading Australasia. RIC
Change Change Close 1Cc1 CORN JUL4
441.5 1Sc1 SOYBEANS JUL4
1409 1SMc1 SOY MEAL JUL4
453.2 1BOc1 SOYBEAN OIL JUL4
40.13 1Wc1 WHEAT SRW JUL4
587 1RRc1 ROUGH RICE JUL4
14.71 -0.64 -0.095
14.785 BL2c1 M.WHEAT EUR NOV4
188.25 -0.13 -0.25
188.5 CLc1 LIGHT CRUDE JUL4
105.97 .DJI DJ INDU AVERAGE 16890.73 -0.09 -15.89 16906.62 XAU= GOLD
1277.5 .BADI BALTIC EXCH DRY
867 .DXY US DOLLAR INDEX
80.309 -0.34 -0.275
80.584 In U.S. cents, benchmark contracts, except EU wheat (euros) and soymeal (dollars). CBOT wheat, corn and soybeans per bushel, rice per hundredweight, soymeal per ton and soyoil per lb
(Additional reporting by Colin Packham in Sydney and Sybille de La Hamaide in Paris; Editing by Grant McCool and Diane Craft)