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GRAINS-U.S. wheat rallies on Plains weather concerns; soy, corn weaker

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U.S. wheat futures rose on Wednesday, led by gains in MGEX spring wheat contracts that firmed on concerns that dry conditions in key growing areas of the northern U.S. Plains and Canada could limit the size of the harvests.

By Mark Weinraub

CHICAGO, June 23 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures rose on Wednesday, led by gains in MGEX spring wheat contracts that firmed on concerns that dry conditions in key growing areas of the northern U.S. Plains and Canada could limit the size of the harvests.

Soybean futures were lower as improving crop prospects in the U.S. Midwest outweighed news of a fresh export sale to China.

Corn futures were mostly weaker after the top U.S. production state of Iowa received much needed rain, traders said.

But crops in the northern U.S. Plains and parts of Canada remained dry. "The spring wheat crop is in bad shape, and the forecast leaves it largely high and dry on both sides of the border," Arlan Suderman, chief commodities economist at StoneX, said in a note to clients.

MGEX spring wheat for September delivery MWEU1 settled up 19-1/2 cents at $8.02-1/4 a bushel. CBOT September soft red winter wheat WU1, the most-active wheat contract that tracks the crop being harvested in the eastern Midwest, was 8-3/4 cents higher at $6.63-3/4 a bushel. "The weather is a tale of two cities, the east is wet, but the northern plains continue to be dry," Charlie Sernatinger, global head of grain futures at ED&F Man Capital said in a note to clients. "The word from the fields out there is that the wheat is toast in the Dakotas."

CBOT November soybeans SX1 were 2 cents lower at $13.00-1/4 a bushel.

CBOT December corn CZ1 was 3-1/4 cents lower at $5.35-3/4 a bushel.

"Rains across the Midwest will have helped crops, but to what extent nobody knows," said one Melbourne-based grains trader.

The front-month July corn contract CN1 was 4-1/2 cents higher at $6.64-1/4 a bushel after finding technical support at its 50-day moving average.

(Additional reporting by Gus Trompiz in Paris and Colin Packham in Canberra; Editing by Paul Simao and Andrea Ricci )

((mark.weinraub@thomsonreuters.com; +1 313 484 5282; Reuters Messaging: mark.weinraub.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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