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CBOT corn ends higher on wheat strength, U.S. crop uncertainty

CHICAGO, July 11 (Reuters) - Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) corn futures ended higher on Thursday, supported by strength in wheat futures and uncertainty about U.S. crop prospects, traders said. * CBOT September corn settled up 9-1/4 cents at $4.44-1/4 per bushel and new-crop December ended up 8-1/2 cents at $4.48. * The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a monthly report raised its estimate of U.S. 2019-20 corn production to 13.875 billion bushels, up from 13.680 billion in June and above an average of analyst expectations. * The USDA left its estimate of the U.S. corn yield unchanged at 166.0 bushels per acre, while most analysts in a Reuters survey expected a slight reduction. * However, following widespread planting delays this spring, traders await the USDA's Aug. 12 report in which the government expects to release updated U.S. plantings figures for corn and several other crops. * Brazilian government crop supply agency Conab raised its estimate of Brazil's 2018-19 total corn crop to 98.5 million tonnes, from 97.0 million in June. * The USDA reported export sales of U.S. corn in the week ended July 4 at 397,000 tonnes (old and new crop years combined), toward the low end of trade expectations. * China's agriculture ministry lowered its forecast for 2019/20 corn consumption due to outbreaks of African swine fever across the country reducing demand for feed. Last Net Pct Low High Volume chng chng CORN JUL9 447.75 13.50 3.1 433.25 448.00 597 CORN SEP9 444.25 9.25 2.1 426.50 444.75 149292 CORN DEC9 448.00 8.50 1.9 430.25 448.50 212691 ETHANOL AUG9 1.543 0.038 2.5 1.499 1.549 140 ETHANOL SEP9 1.557 0.016 1.1 1.522 1.536 52 (Reporting by Julie Ingwersen in Chicago Editing by James Dalgleish)

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