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World cereal prices generally steady in February

Updated Mar 3, 2023
The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 147.3 points in February, down fractionally (0.1%) from January and 2.0 points (1.4%) above its level one year ago. After falling for three consecutive months, international wheat prices rose marginally (0.3%) in February. The slightly firmer tone mostly reflected ongoing concerns over dry conditions in key production areas of Hard Red Winter wheat in the United States of America, and robust demand for supplies from Australia, while strong competition among exporters helped to cap price gains. World maize prices changed little, up just 0.1% month-on-month. Support stemmed from worsening conditions in Argentina, and planting delays for the second maize crop along with a strong export pace in Brazil, while low demand for supplies from the United States of America weighed on maize export prices. By contrast, among other coarse grains, world prices of sorghum were down fractionally (0.2 percent), while barley prices declined slightly (0.9%) in ...
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