GRAINS-Wheat falls 6% on Ukraine grain export deal; corn sags, soy rallies


(Updates with closing U.S. prices)

By Julie Ingwersen

CHICAGO, July 22 (Reuters) – U.S. wheat futures fell nearly
6% on Friday to their lowest level since February after Russia
and Ukraine signed a landmark deal to reopen Ukrainian Black Sea
ports for grain exports, traders said.

Corn fell almost 2% on the news but soybean futures closed
higher, rebounding from multi-month lows.

Chicago Board of Trade September wheat settled down
47-1/4 cents at $7.59 per bushel after dipping to $7.54, the
contract’s lowest since Feb. 4.

December corn ended down 9-1/4 cents at $5.64-1/4 a
bushel while November soybeans rose 14-1/4 cents to finish
at $13.15-3/4, bouncing after a dip to $12.88-1/2, a six-month
low.

The Russia-Ukraine accord, which crowned two months of talks
brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, raised hopes that an
international food crisis aggravated by the Russian invasion can
be eased.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Istanbul, U.N. Secretary
General Antonio Guterres said the deal opens the way to
significant volumes of commercial food exports from three key
Ukrainian ports – Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.

Ukraine and Russia are among the world’s biggest grain
exporters.

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Meanwhile, export demand for U.S. wheat has been slow,
despite a plunge in futures. CBOT September wheat has
tumbled more than $5 a bushel, or 41%, since mid-May.

“There is business around on the break in price. But we are
not getting any of it; we are still $40 a tonne over world
values,” said Terry Linn, analyst with Linn & Associates, a
Chicago brokerage.

Buyers from China purchased large volumes of Australian and
French wheat this week, European traders said.

CBOT corn faced additional pressure from improving weather
in the U.S. Midwest that should bolster crop prospects.

“Rain is expected across the Corn Belt over the next week,
with the heaviest amounts expected in southern and eastern
portions,” space technology company Maxar said in a daily
weather note.

Soybeans bounced, although the benchmark November contract
ended the week down 2%, reflecting better U.S. crop
weather and weak domestic cash markets.

“The big story in beans has been the cratering in the (cash)
basis over the past couple of weeks,” Linn said, noting that soy
processors have slowed purchases of pricey old-crop soybeans,
opting to wait for the autumn harvest of the 2022 crop. [GRA/M]

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(Additional reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide in Paris, Naveen
Thukral in Singapore and Michael Hogan in Hamburg; editing by
David Evans, Kirsten Donovan and Marguerita Choy)
((Julie.ingwersen@thomsonreuters.com; 1-313-484-5283; Reuters
Messaging: julie.ingwersen.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: GLOBAL GRAINS/ (UPDATE 3)

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