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GRAINS-Wheat eases after rally, losses curbed by strong demand

* Chicago wheat futures dip after rising to a five-month top

* Corn firms on expectations of Chinese purchases; soybeans down (Adds quote in paragraph 3, details on Chinese corn demand)

SINGAPORE, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures slid on Wednesday after climbing to a five-month high in the last session, although the decline was limited by expectations of strong demand for U.S. supplies.

Corn gained ground on Chinese demand, while soybeans fell for the first time in eight sessions.

“Supply-demand fundamentals are bullish for global wheat prices,” said one Singapore-based trader at an international trading company. “Black Sea farmers are not selling and this is tightening supplies.”

The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) was down 0.1% to $5.63-1/2 a bushel by 0325 GMT, having closed up 2.1% on Tuesday when prices jumped to the highest since April 1.

Soybeans were down 0.4% to $9.50-3/4 a bushel, having firmed 0.1% on Tuesday, and corn added 0.1% at $3.58-1/4 a bushel, having closed little changed in the previous session.

Wheat supply forecasts have also tightened in exporting nations like Argentina and France due to unfavourable weather.

Dryness in the U.S. Midwest grain belt, along with the impact of a mid-August windstorm in Iowa, have led traders and analysts to scale back previous projections for massive autumn corn and soybean harvests.

China is expected boost corn imports.

Soaring corn prices are stoking food security jitters in China, where food inflation has climbed to the highest in more than a decade.

Prices have risen as the country heads for its first real corn shortfall in years in the upcoming 2020/21 season starting in October and could face a deficit of up to 30 million tonnes, around 10% of its total crop, say analysts and traders.

Commodity funds were net buyers of CBOT wheat, corn, soybeans and soyoil futures contracts on Tuesday and net sellers of soymeal, traders said. (Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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