Wheat prices rose to their highest level in four months Friday as traders reacted to reports of a disappointing harvest outlook from Argentina.
Wheat for December delivery rose 19.75 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $7.0575 a bushel Friday, the highest price since June.
The Argentinian Agricultural Ministry issued a forecast of 8.8 million metric tons of wheat production for the 2013-2014 harvest, according to news reports. That is sharply below USDA's September forecast of 12 million metric tons for Argentinian wheat.
Argentina is the second-largest producer of wheat in the Southern Hemisphere, second to Australia.
In other agricultural commodities, December corn fell 1.5 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $4.415 a bushel. November soybeans fell two cents, 0.2 percent, $12.9125 a bushel.
In energy trading, oil prices rose on news that China's economy grew at a faster-than-expected rate in the third quarter.
The Chinese government said the world's second-largest economy grew at an annual rate of 7.8 percent in the third quarter of the year, improving on the two-decade low figure of 7.5 percent in the second quarter.