EU clear to start talks to increase U.S. beef imports

BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - European Union countries agreed on Friday to allow negotiations to start with Washington on increasing U.S. beef imports into Europe, in a move that could ease transatlantic trade tensions.

The Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the 28 EU nations, said it would open formal talks in the coming days on increasing the United State's share of an existing 45,000-tonne quota. It concerns beef that has not been treated with certain growth hormones.

The Commission said it would do so in the coming days.

UPDATE 3-EU signs Singapore trade deal, urges China to open up

* 51 heads of state in Brussels for biennial summit

* Shared desire to stem protectionism

* China resists opening markets or cutting subsidies

* Singapore trade deal eight years in the making (Updates with end of meeting, quotes)

By Philip Blenkinsop and Robin Emmott

BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The European Union signed a free-trade deal with Singapore at a summit with Asian leaders on Friday and pressed China to allow greater foreign investment in its economy, but ran into familiar resistance from Beijing over state subsidies.

UPDATE 2-Brazil's BRF says cooperating with authorities in food safety probe

(Adds share performance, background)

By Ana Mano

SAO PAULO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Brazil's BRF SA the world's largest chicken exporter, said on Friday it has been cooperating with authorities handling a probe into whether it colluded with health officials to evade food safety checks, lifting its shares 1 percent in early trading.

Reuters reported exclusively on Sept. 12 that federal prosecutors leading the probe were seeking cooperation from the firms involved in return for more lenient penalties.

UPDATE 2-Europe urges China to open up at Asia summit

* 51 heads of state in Brussels for biennial summit

* Shared desire to stem protectionism

* China resists opening markets or cutting subsidies

* Singapore trade deal eight years in the making (Updates with bilaterals with Li, comments from France and Medvedev)

By Philip Blenkinsop and Robin Emmott

CBOT Trends - Soy down 3-5 cts; wheat steady-down 2 cts; corn steady-up 2 cts

CHICAGO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Following are U.S. trade expectations for the resumption of grain and soy complex trading at the Chicago Board of Trade at 8:30 a.m. CDT (1330 GMT) on Friday.

WHEAT - Steady to down 2 cents per bushel

* Wheat seen opening lower amid bearish technical signals. Most-active contract hit one-week low during overnight trading.

* Benchmark CBOT December wheat contract has fallen for three days in a row.

Ukraine has harvested 52.3 mln tonnes of grain so far this year - ministry

KIEV, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Ukraine's agriculture ministry announced the following data on the 2018 harvest on Friday:

* Farmers in Ukraine had harvested 52.3 million tonnes of grain as of Friday, with a yield of 4.11 tonnes per hectare. By the same date last year Ukraine had harvested 47.2 million tonnes.

* Farmers have threshed 12.7 million hectares of grains out of a total area of 14.84 million hectares.

* Farmers have harvested 17.3 million tonnes of corn from 2.6 million hectares, 56 percent of the sown area. The yield averaged 6.69 tonnes per hectare.

Ukraine 2019 winter grain sowing 93 pct complete

KIEV, Oct 19 (Reuters) - * Ukrainian farmers have sown 6.7 million hectares of winter grains for the 2019 harvest so far, or 93 percent of the expected area of 7.2 million, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

* Farms had sowed 5.8 million hectares of winter wheat, 792,000 hectares of winter barley and 114,000 hectares of winter rye as of Oct. 19, it said in a statement.

* Ukraine sowed around 7.24 million hectares of winter grains for the 2018 harvest. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

Germany/Futtermittel - Feeds prices - OCT 19, 2018

German Grain Cash Prices Oct 19 Lowest known bids in EUR/t, delivered. At local time 11:30 GMT. Barley, min 62-63 kg/hl Hamburg,Eur/t,Delivered bid offers change Delivered Hamburg Oct 18 206,00 210,00 +1.00 Delivered Hamburg Nov 18 206,00 210,00 +1.00 Ex Store Saxony Thüringen Oct 18 191,00 195,00 +1.00 Wheat, A-quality, 13 % min Protein, Hagberg 275 Hamburg,Eur/t,Delivered bid offers change