April 26, 2017 / 4:07 AM / 3 months ago

GRAINS-Corn extends gains as rains threaten to bring planting delays

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    * Corn planting lags behind average levels
    * Corn hit 3-week high in previous session
    * Wheat edges higher, soybeans fall

    By Colin Packham
    SYDNEY, April 26 (Reuters) - U.S. corn rose for a third
straight session on Wednesday to hover near a three-week high as
forecasts for rain stoked fears that farmers will switch to
soybeans.
    Wheat edged higher, extending gains into a second session,
while soybeans fell. 
    The most active corn Chicago Board Of Trade Cv1 rose 0.27
percent to $3.72-3/4 a bushel by 0328 GMT, having gained 1.7
percent in the previous session when prices hit a high of
$3.74-3/4 a bushel - the highest since March 8.
    Analysts said corn continues to draw support from fears of
further planting delays, with forecasts for rainy weather and
colder temperatures in the coming days likely to keep corn
planting behind the average pace.
    "It is too wet to plant and with prices perhaps not as
attractive, further delays could encourage farmers to switch to
soybeans," said Phin Ziebell, agribusiness economist, at the
National Australia Bank.
    Corn planting is already lagging. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture estimated U.S. corn planting at 17 percent complete
as of Sunday, well behind last season's pace of 28 percent and
slightly less than the five-year average of 18 percent.
    The most active soybeans fell 0.26 percent to
$9.62-1/2 a bushel, having closed down 0.7 percent on Tuesday.
    The most active wheat futures rose 0.3 percent to
$4.28-1/4 a bushel, having closed up nearly 2 percent on
Tuesday.
    Analysts said wheat continues to draw support from
slower-than-normal planting further supported spring wheat.

        
 Grains prices at  0328 GMT
 Contract       Last   Change  Pct chg   Two-day chg   MA 30  RSI 
 CBOT wheat   428.25     1.25   +0.29%        +2.15%  440.28    37
 CBOT corn    372.75     1.00   +0.27%        +1.98%  368.67    55
 CBOT soy     962.50    -2.50   -0.26%        -0.95%  973.55    47
 CBOT rice      9.29    $0.00   -0.05%        -3.28%   $9.91     9
 WTI crude     49.42   -$0.14   -0.28%        +0.39%  $50.17    31
 Currencies                                                       
 Euro/dlr     $1.094   $0.001   +0.11%        +0.64%              
 USD/AUD      0.7514   -0.002   -0.28%        -0.69%              
 Most active contracts
 Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel. Rice: USD per hundredweight
 RSI 14, exponential
 
 (Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)
  

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