By Naveen Thukral and Sybille de La Hamaide
SINGAPORE/PARIS, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures edged higher on Thursday, rising for the first time in three sessions on bargain-buying, although ample supplies from the Black Sea region rovided a lid on prices.
Soybeans and corn ticked higher, with both contracts reclaiming some of the previous session's losses.
"There are expectations of higher exports from Russia and the rest of the Black Sea area, which is adding pressure on prices," said one Singapore-based trader.
Soybeans Sv1 were up 0.1% at $14.84-1/2 a bushel and corn Cv1 rose 0.6% to $6.56 a bushel.
Abundant low-priced wheat supplies from Russia and Ukraine are giving stiff competition to U.S. exporters.
Russia's January wheat exports will remain high for this time of the July-June marketing season - near at least 3.6 million tonnes - after a huge 2022 grain crop, analysts said.
Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, harvested a record grain crop of 151.0 million tonnes after drying and cleaning, including 102.7 million tonnes of wheat, according to preliminary official 2022 data.
Ukraine's efforts to increase exports under the Black Sea grain deal with Russia are currently focused on securing faster inspections of ships rather than including more ports in the initiative, a senior Ukrainian official said on Wednesday.
There is additional pressure on agricultural commodity prices from worries about economic headwinds, including the impact of a surge of COVID-19 cases in China, analysts said.
In the U.S. Plains, condition ratings for the winter wheat crop fell during December in Kansas, but increased in Colorado and Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said late on Tuesday.
For soybeans, Argentine farmers have so far sold 80.1% of the 2021/22 harvest, the country's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday, slightly behind the 80.5% sold during the same period in the previous cycle.
The USDA said separately on Wednesday that exporters struck deals to sell 124,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to unknown destinations.
Commodity funds were net sellers of CBOT corn, wheat, soybean, soyoil and soymeal futures contracts on Wednesday, traders said. COMFUND/CBT
Prices at 1130 GMT
CBOT wheat Wv1
CBOT corn Cv1
CBOT soy Sv1
Paris wheat BL2c1
Paris maize EMAc1
Paris rapeseed COMc1
WTI crude oil CLc1
Most active contracts - Wheat, corn and soy US cents/bushel, Paris futures in euros per tonne
(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips, Uttaresh.V and Frances Kerry)
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