Overnight Grains

Grains are firmer on the overnight eCBOT market, with wheat and corn around 5c firmer and soybeans up 8-13c.

Lower Brazilian production forecasts for soybeans and corn from Conab are helping support the market, with the soybean crop forecast at between 58.4 million and 59.3 million metric tonnes, down from between 60.1 million and 61.3 million tonnes last month.

Corn production in 2009 will fall to 54.3 million to 55.2 million tonnes, from 58.6 million tonnes, Conab said. That compares with the October estimate for a drop to 55 million to 56 million tonnes.

There is also an element of book-squaring ahead of Monday's USDA report.

Weekend weather is also supportive, with rain seen as hampering US farmers' attempts to wrap up the harvest.

Japan passed on a wheat tender yesterday after a Japanese trading company defaulted on sales of 20,000 metric tonnes to the government after the start of tougher food safety rules.