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Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Egypt had rejected a cargo of French wheat due to high ergot levels, but the 63,000 MT were found to be within required standards upon retesting. As a result, the wheat will be discharged and released from Safaga port. The FAO reports that Iraq’s 2019 grain crops should be up nearly 67 percent over 2018 with wheat showing the largest increase from 2.2 MMT to 4 MMT. Total grain production of 5.1 MMT will be about 18 percent above the five-year average of 4.3 MMT. However, the low production in 2018 means that grain imports in early 2019 will be 25 percent higher than the five-year average at approximately 5.2 MMT, including 3.7 MMT of wheat and 1.2 MMT of rice. The first 2019 wheat...

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Expectations of crop tours finding yields below USDA’s latest estimate gave the CBOT a boost to end what has otherwise been a bearish week. Private yield estimates prompted a round of short covering in the corn and soybean markets, while wheat was left largely directionless. Cattle prices...

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