Wheat Climbs to 6.76 as U.S. Crop Conditions Decline

Wheat advanced the most in two weeks on speculation that an eight-day slump may spur purchases from some investors and after a U.S. government report showed crop conditions deteriorated in the world’s biggest exporter.

The contract for July delivery rose as much as 1.2 percent to $6.825 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, the biggest intraday increase since May 6, and was at $6.81 by 11:20 a.m. in Singapore. Prices rose less than 0.1 percent yesterday, halting the longest run of losses since July.

About 44 percent of the U.S. winter crop was in poor or very poor condition as of May 18, up from 42 percent a week earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday. Drought continues to stress winter wheat in the southern Plains and rain has avoided the driest areas of the southern High Plains, WeatherBELL Analytics LLC said in a report yesterday. Domestic output will drop 7.8 percent to 53.4 million tons in 2014-2015, the lowest in eight years, the USDA said May 9.


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