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GRAINS-Wheat drops 1.5% on Ukrainian supply hopes; soybeans ease

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Wheat falls from 1-wk high on expectations of Ukrainian exports

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Chicago soybeans, corn down after closing higher on Tuesday

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By Naveen Thukral

SINGAPORE, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat slid for the first time in four sessions on Wednesday, retreating from previous day's one-week high, as prices were pressured by hopes of an extension of a Black Sea export deal despite reports of missiles hitting Poland.

Soybeans and corn prices eased after closing higher on Tuesday.

"The market is expecting Ukrainian exports to continue as the deal is likely to be extended," said one Singapore-based trader.

The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) was down 1.5% at $8.15-3/4 a bushel, as of 0402 GMT, after climbing to its highest since Nov. 8 at $8.43 a bushel on Tuesday.

Soybeans lost 0.6% to $14.48 a bushel and corn gave up 0.7% to $6.62-1/4 a bushel.

NATO member Poland said on Wednesday that a Russian-made rocket killed two people in eastern Poland near Ukraine, and it summoned Russia's ambassador to Warsaw for an explanation after Moscow denied it was responsible, raising political tensions.

U.S. President Joe Biden said Washington and its NATO allies are investigating the blast, but early information suggests it may not have been caused by a missile fired from Russia.

However, Russia wants no disruption of global food security efforts, deputy foreign minister said in an interview with the Izvestia daily, signalling that the deal allowing Ukraine to export grain via the Black Sea could be rolled over smoothly.

Signs of progress in talks to extend a wartime export deal for Ukrainian crops are likely to pressure grain futures.

For soybeans, strong demand is providing a floor under the market.

The monthly U.S. soybean crush rose in October and matched an average of analyst estimates, while soyoil stocks rose for the first time in eight months, according to National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) data released on Tuesday.

NOPA members, which account for around 95% of soybeans processed in the United States, crushed 184.464 million bushels of soybeans last month, up from the 158.109 million bushels processed in September and up from the October 2021 crush of 183.993 million bushels.

European Union soft wheat exports so far in the 2022/23 season have reached 13.35 million tonnes, now nearly 10% ahead of last year's pace following a large volume last week, data published by the European Commission showed on Tuesday.

Commodity funds were net buyers of CBOT corn, wheat, soybean, soymeal and soyoil futures contracts on Tuesday, traders said. (Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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