Soybeans rose for the second time in three days amid concern that Brazil’s worst drought in decades will hurt crops in the biggest exporter of the oilseed.
Soybeans in southern Brazil started deteriorating in the past three to four weeks due to worsening dryness, which is significant because February is the main pod-filling month for the crop, farm-weather forecaster Martell Crop Projections wrote in a report yesterday.
“Brazil is the main issue here,” Paul Deane, a senior analyst at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Sydney, said today by phone. “It’s also probably a bit more about demand being pushed back to the U.S. too, because of the dryness in South America.”
Soybeans for May delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade increased 0.1 percent to $13.4225 a bushel by 5:22 a.m. after earlier today jumping 0.5 percent. Futures reached $13.585 yesterday, the highest level since Sept. 19.
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