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Wheat Heading for Biggest Weekly Drop Since March on Output Gain

May 17, 2013

May 17 (Bloomberg) -- Wheat slid, heading for the biggest weekly drop since March, on signs that global production will rise to a record as exports lag behind last year’s pace in the U.S., the world’s top shipper. Corn rose, while soybeans fell.

World output will surge to 701.1 million metric tons in the year that starts June 1, with gains of 48 percent in Russia and 40 percent in Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said May 10. U.S. exporters through May 9 shipped 24.6 million tons since the start of the marketing year on June 1, down 2 percent from a year earlier, government data show. Prices have tumbled 28 percent since reaching a four-year high in July.

"When you look around the world, there aren’t many problems with production," Larry Glenn, an analyst at Frontier Ag in Quinter, Kansas, said in a telephone interview. "We don’t have the exports. They’ve been slow because we’ve lost some business to other countries."

Wheat futures for July delivery fell 0.7 percent to $6.83 a bushel at 11:45 a.m. on the Chicago Board of Trade. A close at that price would leave the grain down 3 percent for the week, the biggest decline since March 29. The commodity through yesterday dropped 12 percent this year.

 

--Editors: Steve Stroth, Millie Munshi

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony C. Dreibus in Chicago at tdreibus@bloomberg.net.

 

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net.

 

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