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GRAINS-Wheat drops as USDA raises global supply view, corn retreats

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Global wheat supply outlook higher in monthly USDA report

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USDA lifts U.S. corn, soy yield view; stocks still tight

(Updates with corn turning lower, adds closing prices)

By Karl Plume

CHICAGO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures fell on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unexpectedly raised its global supply outlook in a monthly report, citing larger crops in Australia, the UK and Kazakhstan that offset lower Argentine and EU production.

A firmer U.S. dollar also weighed on wheat, along with optimism about the continued unfettered flow of grain from Ukraine's Black Sea ports under a wartime shipping deal.

Soybean futures rebounded from earlier losses as traders weighed the USDA's higher demand outlook against its slightly larger U.S. harvest forecast.

Corn traded higher and lower during the session as the USDA raised U.S. production and demand, but ended down on the day.

Analysts polled by Reuters, on average, had expected yields of corn and soy to hold steady with the prior forecast.

Benchmark Chicago Board of Trade December wheat settled 21-1/4 cents lower at $8.06-1/2 a bushel, its lowest since Sept. 6.

CBOT December corn ended down 3 cents at $6.64-1/2 a bushel after bottoming at $6.58, the contract's lowest since Sept. 2. January soybeans were up 5-1/2 cents at $14.52 a bushel.

The USDA made only modest adjustments to global grain and oilseed supplies despite expectations for larger revisions following a U.S. drought this summer and worrisome weather in some South American crop areas, analysts said.

"The surprise would be the (U.S.) bean yield increasing, but it was infinitesimal. World numbers did not bring the Argentine wheat production down enough, and raised Australia and Kazakhstan," said Charlie Sernatinger, analyst with ED&F Man Capital.

Concerns about Mexican demand for U.S. corn after government statements against biotech crops and Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans amid Beijing's COVID-19 restrictions continue to hang over the market. Uncompetitively priced U.S. exports also weighed on the wheat market. (Additional reporting by Naveen Thukral in Singapore and Sybille de La Hamaide in Paris; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips, David Goodman, Cynthia Osterman and Jonathan Oatis)

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